The less documented aspect of life as a trainee at Morton Fraser is the opportunity to get involved in organising many of Morton Fraser's social events. This starts with the organisation of the Burns Supper and ends with our Christmas Party.
December is a busy month in the Morton Fraser office, but for the party planning trainees it is not just work keeping them occupied. Morton Fraser's annual Christmas Party is the highlight of our social calendar and each year some of the trainees take on the daunting task of organising it. With party planning starting as early as January, the Christmas fun never stops and we are already thinking of next year's venue!
From organising the venue, transport and decorations to the difficult task of making up table plans, there is plenty to keep the trainees busy. While party planning is quite unrelated to the day to day work you undertake as a trainee, it improves your time management skills, with trainees juggling Christmas Party organisation alongside their own work load. While of course you want to work hard and perform well at work, getting the Christmas Party right is also a very important task.
As a trainee, you can learn a lot from getting involved in different aspects of the firm, from sitting on a charity committee to getting involved in the organisation of social events. You can develop lots of transferrable skills, through managing your workload and taking responsibility for a big task. However, just as importantly, organising firm-wide events affords you the opportunity to speak to and meet lots colleagues you may not otherwise get the chance to.
This year's Christmas Party was a big success, with an excellent turn out from our firm. It was a great way to end the year and celebrate the last twelve months. With this success under our trainee belts, I think it might be time for Morton Fraser to open a party planning department!