Before becoming a first seat trainee, I had worked as a Paralegal for BLM for just over three years and already had an understanding of the firm. Other than getting my training contract underway, one of the main things that excited me most was becoming more involved in BLM’s CSR activity.
I am eight months into my training contact and have found myself already looking back and wondering where the last eight months have gone.
Last week marked the start of my fourth and final seat of my Training Contract (TC) at BLM which seems like a good time to look back at the last 18 months and the three seats that I have sat in.
On the third seat of my training contract with BLM I was fortunate enough to be seconded to Professional Risk Insurance Brokers, Griffiths & Armour (G&A). Throughout the seat I mainly assisted G&A’s professional indemnity claims team on a wide variety of cases where allegations of negligence had been made against their policyholders.
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Assessment centres are usually the final stage in a recruitment process – the final challenge before securing your vacation scheme or training contract – so well done!
That said they can be unnerving, especially if you haven’t attended one before. The advice below can go a long way to helping you feel more confident and prepared for the assessment, meaning you’re more likely to be successful!
The recruitment process
The recruitment process at BLM consists of an online application made up of short format questions and some essay format questions. These help to establish what you know about the firm and why you consider yourself a good fit for BLM. After this, you are invited to do an online critical thinking test, which, if successful, leads to an invite to the assessment centre.
The assessment centre itself was made less daunting by the help you can receive from the graduate recruitment team. They make it clear that the day is about finding out who you are, what your strengths are and whether you’re a good fit for BLM. The day also features some downtime where you can ask questions of the current trainees and garner useful tips for the upcoming day.
My first seat at BLM was occupational disease, which to be honest, I had not heard of before I started. (I was pleased to find out later that the other trainees who had sat in this seat said the same when they started!) Being part of this team provides interesting work and is very hands on. It has given me great customer exposure– basically the perfect first seat. Continue reading “My first seat as a trainee at BLM”
Gaining a training contract is competitive, and most often an online application is the first hurdle. Any given application form can take hours to complete, so it is important to get it right and avoid silly mistakes. Continue reading “Online application form: how to be successful”