The nights are drawing in and more often that not I find myself driving to work in the dark and leaving in the dark. It is at this time of the year that there is a greater need for something warm and nourishing to get you through those cold and wet autumn days. So I have decided to talk about something mushy in this blog entry.
Last Thursday I found myself in my car driving from work, not to home, my usual destination, but through dark country roads and mysterious black shadows to a small pub somewhere in between Mordor and Narnia (Cambridge and Bedfordshire). The reason for this journey, worthy of Paul Jackson movie or Nordic saga, was a trainee meeting.
Now that I have reached my second year as a trainee at Woodfines I have had the privilege and pleasure of knowing three trainee intakes (if I include the one I am in). I could not comment regarding other firms, but it is certainly true of Woodfines, that you could not get a nicer group of people and in my opinion is certainly one of the benefits of training with a regional firm and more specifically with Woodfines.
The reason for the evening drive through the dark wilds of Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, a three counties quest for a Coca Cola, was because at Woodfines the trainees are split across the four offices. Genuine consideration is taken when placing trainees, both with regard to experience and practicality. For this reason we needed to meet on ‘neutral territory’.
Given the effort to meet and the lack of regular meet ups, due to the distance involved, you would imagine that the meeting, at least at first, would be a bit awkward, especially if you remember some of the more competitive people on your LPC, but it is never anything other than constant conversation and fun, a mixture of words and laughter. Maybe it is the fact we all in the same situation or maybe it is because of the environment fostered by Woodfines, both in its trainees and its entire staff, that makes it so easy to get on with everyone.
The initial idea had been to meet to plan the Christmas party and various charity events and fundraising ideas, however, in the end we didn’t have time, too many jokes and stories. Ultimately it reminded me that as trainees in a medium to large sized firm you have one extremely useful resource that can often be overlooked when thinking about where you want to train and who you want to train with, each other!