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Informal Training & Mentoring

6.6 / 10

(based on 13 ratings in 2019)

2019

"It's mostly partners that I am close to with work and it's easy to adopt mentors of your own (as well as the one we're allocated at the start). We have bi-annual appraisals that are a good opportunity to gain constructive feedback about areas we can move into or build upon. There is lots of praise for good work and this is usually rewarded."
First year trainee, London
"You are assigned a partner and trainee mentor at the beginning of the training contract. However, it is pretty easy to find your own mentor in a practice area you enjoy if you don't gel immediately."
First year trainee, London
"This is very good and I have been well trained informally by individuals I have worked for. Trainees tend to gravitate towards their own mentor figures due to the lack of formal supervisors."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a lot of freedom to find your own mentors and people are willing to take the time to teach you."
First year trainee, London
"There are definitely loads of partners and associates who happily play a mentor role and are willing to invest in you and your career."
First year trainee, London
"There are formal trainee and partner mentors who are generally good at providing feedback and mentoring throughout your training contract."
First year trainee, London

2018

"Partners and associates are very approachable. Some are too busy to teach but some are excellent mentors. Performance feedback takes the form of an appraisal every six months and more informal feedback based on the work you do day to day."
First year trainee, London
"They are accessible and will make time for you but are often too busy to train you."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone is given a trainee and partner mentor, who are very accessible. However, if you show interest in a particular practice area, it is common to develop your own informal mentor who will really try to involve you in the matter as extensively as possible."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees are allocated a mentor and a junior mentor but they don't necessarily end up playing a major role in your training. Finding your own informal mentors and building professional relationships via the non-rotational training system is what provides trainees with most of their support."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone gets allocated a trainee mentor and partner mentor, but it's up to the trainee to encourage this relationship after the induction."
First year trainee, London
"The informal training can be hit and miss, particularly since trainees at Jones Day have no permanent supervisor or mentor under the non-rotational system. That said, you learn on the job here and develop very quickly."
London
"This can vary from person to person. In my early days I'd have prefferred a more robust structure for feedback."
First year trainee, London
"Informal feedback from partners and associates is generally good. You have opportunities to build a real rapport with your supervisors since you don't have to move seats."
Second year trainee, London
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