Trainee Rosie Roof talks about the competitive nature of Watson Burton trainees.
I was both excited and nervous before I started my training contract with Watson Burton in 2017. However, two weeks before I began training I received a rather unusual email informing me that the firm was holding a Wii karting event. The other new trainees and I were placed in a group with two of the existing trainees. I had experienced the welcoming and friendly approach of the firm during the recruitment process so I was looking forward to this continuing during my training contract.
During my first Friday afternoon in the office, everyone was invited to attend the opening event with food and drinks to celebrate the start of the Wii karting event. This was a great opportunity to meet everyone in the office. Partner Richard Palmer gave the opening speech and it was clear from the beginning that this was going to be very competitive!
The event was very popular with just over 60 competitors in 13 teams taking part. We decided on the team name “Wii Trainii’z”. There were some great team names such as “We Have A Puncture”, who did in fact take last place. The competition was made up of 8 different races held over the course of 8 days. The races took place at lunchtime in the staff room with all teams and spectators gathered around to watch. As a new trainee I really appreciated getting to know my colleagues in a social environment.
The winners’ prize giving event was held on the Friday of the second week at lunchtime. Everyone came to enjoy refreshments of pizza and pop and first, second and third placed teams were presented with their prizes. We won! Our team was awarded first place with a trophy and tickets to indoor karting by CEO Patrick Harwood.
We organised the indoor karting for one evening after work and extended the invite to all of the other trainees. We headed to Team Sport on Scotswood Road, which is just a short drive from the office. The centre has two professionally designed, multilevel circuits that combined create up to 950m of track. We had two 15 minute races so once we were suited up we were let loose on the track. After the first race we sat down with an instructor for some insider tips on how to navigate the track. This definitely brought out our competiveness. Following the final race, out of the 8 of us, Matthew Watson won first place with Sophie Robertson taking second place and Leah Pattison in third place.
As trainees we do organise frequent social events together and it is great to have such a supportive network between us all. Indoor karting was an excellent prize which we all thoroughly enjoyed. I am certainly looking forward to the next Watson Burton event and hopefully continuing the trainee winning streak!