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Informal Training & Mentoring

7.9 / 10

(based on 21 ratings in 2016)

2016

"Every person I have worked with, regardless of seniority, has been happy to explain a deal/case to me when I came on board and also to give me constructive feedback at the end."
First year trainee, London
"Associates and partners are more than happy to explain things or listen to any issues you have. However, this is generally something you have to bring up rather than something they will ask about."
First year trainee, London
"People genuinely seem to care about helping trainees develop. Appraisal feedback is usually quite thorough as well. People are quite good at giving feedback unprompted, but on occasion you do need to ask."
Second year trainee, London
"Each first year trainee is assigned a second year trainee and a partner mentor. These are great resources at the start of the training contract but, naturally, more suitable informal mentoring relationships may develop. We have six month formal appraisals. However, informal feedback between these sessions has to be sought and can be harder to come by when people are busy."
First year trainee, London
"We get both a trainee and a partner mentor and there will ultimately be an associate or partner on every piece of work that we can go to. It is slightly more difficult to get feedback on every piece of work because people are busy. Also, if you feel you have done something poorly, your worry is that (if you don't get feedback or the opportunity to have another go at the work) with an abundance of trainees, associates may just give your work to someone else."
First year trainee, London
"I have found that the informal mentoring at Jones Day far exceeded my expectations. A great consequence of the non-rotational system is that trainees will, by trial and elimination, end up working with associates and partners they really get on with and work well with. Partners and associates are very serious about their informal mentoring role for those trainees they end up working closely with. I have found these relationships to be useful and rewarding."
Second year trainee, London
"Younger partners are really great for this. The more senior partners are a bit more hit and miss. One of the most senior guys in the building is well known for spending hours stepping you through transaction docs clause by clause, and will even spend hours talking you through ancillaries and decision-making surrounding structure. That's invaluable and can't be bought."
Second year trainee, London
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