Dear Ten Percent,
I've been offered (and have accepted) a place on Herbert Smith's Spring vacation scheme. They've asked me to give my seat preferences for the scheme (two seats for one week each) and I'm wondering how to go about choosing these. There are a few work areas on the list which I am already more familiar with because of my studies and previous experience, so I know I would feel more comfortable in those departments and would probably be able to leave a better impression.
At the same time, I feel like I should use this opportunity to find out about some of the bigger areas that the firm works in (the departments I'm familiar with are quite specialised) and of course just to try something new. However, I would probably not be very well at ease in those departments.
In addition, the situational judgment test that the firm has on its website includes a question which relates exactly to the issue of choosing between work in a familiar area and a new area that will require extra research but from which you will learn more. Their preferred answer to that question is that you would go for the unfamiliar work.
How would you suggest I choose my preferences? Should I go for two completely new areas that are big areas of work in the firm so that I get to know them, should I stay on the safe side and choose only the departments that I'm familiar with, or should I go for one of each?