Firm Friends Yearbook
Firm Friends 2021 28 Feb 2021

Kicking off a career during lockdown – Carolyn O'Connor

Being introduced to your new colleagues and having a guided tour of the office are some of the most integral, and exciting, parts of starting a new job. So what happens when a global pandemic means that everyone is working from home? We spoke to Ashurst Early Career Programmes Manager, Carolyn O'Connor, to find out how her team welcomed our 2020 trainees, the challenges of a virtual vacation scheme and how we are working to promote social mobility at Ashurst.

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Starting a training contract in the midst of a pandemic was at the very least, surreal! We had an online induction and the Early Careers team did a fantastic job at ensuring all sessions went smoothly. The online treasure hunt was definitely a highlight – it was fun and allowed the trainee cohort to strengthen friendships. Ayesha Sayeed, Trainee Solicitor, Dubai
When I joined Ashurst for a vacation scheme at Broadwalk House three years ago, I knew that I would be starting my training contract in a new office – however I didn't expect this to be my own home! The Graduate Recruitment team has done an excellent job in making sure we have access to everything we need to be confident in starting our training contracts remotely. The remote support has made working from home better than expected, however I'm looking forward to the day I can meet my new colleagues in person! Emily Jones, Trainee Solicitor, London
Ashurst and the Early Careers team have made the onboarding process both welcoming and informative by organising game nights, virtual socials and interactive classrooms with new technologies. This made the daunting experience of starting a new job much easier. Robert Paratore, Trainee Solicitor, London

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