A Global career
Salut from Paris!
After six months in Paris, I firmly agree that it deserves its reputation as the most beautiful city in the world. Highlights of my time there include wandering around Montmartre on Sunday mornings, window shopping, drinking coffee and eating patisserie, drinks on sunny evenings by the Canal St Martin, picnics in Buttes Chaumont and jogging along the Seine... I could go on and on. If you can draw yourself away from the excitement of Paris, the rest of France has some spectacular destinations accessible for a weekend. I had brilliant weekends away in Toulouse, the Auvergne and Annecy.
My time in Paris was not just a great personal experience. Working in the Paris office was a fantastic professional experience as well.
I primarily worked in the Commodities team, but the Paris office has teams from almost all of HFW's sectors, meaning there is plenty of opportunity to get involved in all sorts of different types of work. I particularly enjoyed producing the first draft of a set of defence submissions, involving research and developing my legal arguments in a structured way. As a trainee, this was a fantastic opportunity as this kind of work is generally done by barristers.
I got to know my colleagues really well and had exposure to some very interesting cases in other departments. I also made some great friends: the office is very sociable and my HFW colleagues went to great efforts to help me settle in.
Overall, I can truly say, je ne regrette rien - and I can't wait to go back for a visit!