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  • About You
  • The Company
  • Everything Else

Role Description

Insight scheme

    About You

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • A&O First was a very useful insight scheme which I enjoyed a lot because of the range of different activities we were given to do and the relevance of the information we received.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?
  • Allen & Overy was a very welcoming firm with a friendly atmosphere; there were always members of graduate recruitment ready to answer questions and give advice.


  • 3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?
  • During the insight scheme we were given a lot of support and guidance with regards to making applications to A&O in future.


  • 4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • The scheme definitely assisted me in feeling more confident about making an application to the firm in future and provided a lot of information on how to be successful in this process.


    The Company

  • 5. How well structured was the insight?
  • The insight scheme was very well structured with both days having a mixture of talks and challenges timed in way which made the days varied and interesting.


  • 6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?
  • The environment at Allen & Overy was very welcoming and friendly - the atmosphere of the first day of the scheme was slightly more reserved as people didn't know each other so well but the second day was more relaxed and as participants we were all more talkative.


  • 7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • There was investment in us in the sense that we were very much encouraged to apply to the firm in future however there was no personal training involved.


  • 8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?
  • There was a clear message in terms of the firm's ethos and working lifestyle, however, the scheme only incorporated a short period of time during which we shadowed trainee solicitors.


  • 9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?
  • A&O First gave a clear and detailed insight in the culture of Allen & Overy.


  • 10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?
  • The content of the two days confirmed that I would be suited to career in law and helped me decide that Allen & Overy is somewhere I would definitely like to apply to.


    Everything Else

  • 11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?
  • I was reimbursed travel expenses on both days.

  • 12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?
  • Both insight days included a networking session to meet both the trainees and partners at the firm and ask any questions we had about life at Allen & Overy.


  • 13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?
  • The networking events were good in that we were paired with a trainee buddy so were able to talk to them but weren't very structured other than that so it was difficult to network with a variety of different people.


  • 14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?
  • Very little was mentioned at the insight scheme about the activities that Allen & Overy employees can do outside work apart from socialising with other employees.


  • 15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?
  • Yes, absolutely - it was a great experience to attend the scheme.


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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

28th September 2016

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