What to look for in a training contract


29th November 2016 | 16:01

Choosing a training contract should never be done lightly. Candidates naturally gravitate to the firms with the biggest deals and the most high profile clients, but there are other factors to consider as well. After all, you should select a training contract based on what is right for you, not on what is right for others.


Practice areas

The first question to ask yourself is: which training contracts allow you to gain exposure in your preferred practice areas? If multiple training contracts offer this, look at the reputation of the individual practice areas within each firm. One firm may have a better overall reputation, but if another firm is more highly regarded for the practice area that interests you, you may be better off going with the latter option.


Client exposure

How much client contact would you like to have? What type of clients would you like to work with? Would you prefer some contact with Fortune 500 clients or lots of contact with less well-known clients? How you answer each of these questions will effect which training contract is best for you.


Global opportunities

Are you interested in working abroad? If you are, then that will considerably narrow the number of training contracts available to you. For each training contract, check to see whether you will have a guaranteed seat abroad, and the number of global offices the firm in question has. The more global they are, they more likely that an opportunity abroad will open up for you.


Level of support

Take a close look at the level of support you will be given on the training contract. Will you have a buddy you can ask questions to? Will you have a line manager who will monitor your progress and help you plan your career? Will more experienced colleagues be willing to show you the ropes? Training contracts are meant to be challenging. The more support you are given, the better chance you will have to succeed.


Learning and development

A key consideration for any training contract is how much learning and development you will be given. Is all of the training done on the job, or are there formal development programmes in place, such as courses, lectures and workshops? The best way to learn something is always by doing it. At the same time though, specialist workshops are often the best way to hone your technical expertise. Look at various training contracts to see which ones have the best balance for you.


Now that you know what to look for in a training contract, learn more about the training contract at CMS.