Summer Vacation Scheme Student at RPC

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
Less than £ 10,000
Roles
Legal/Law

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8.9/10

About You
9.2
The Organisation
9.5
Everything Else

7.8

About You

Role Description

Participated on a vacation scheme.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Really enjoyed it. A lot of time was spent in departments which meant that I received great exposure to the kind of work that I would be doing if I was to work here.

There were also a good number of socials to enable students to interact with employees to get a better feel for the firm in a relaxed environment.

Furthermore, the regular feedback and reflection sessions helped me develop over my two weeks.

9/10

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2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

Very much so. One of the main reasons for this is because I completed a task for a trainee and not only was I given the context, my trainee buddy showed me the work that I completed in a document being sent to the client before it was sent, so that was incredibly rewarding.

9/10

3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

When I had any questions, I was never afraid to ask simply because of the way that my supervisors carried themselves. My supervisors were always willing to help and happy to answer questions. Furthermore, I was never given a task without any explanation or the details of what is actually required of me.

9/10

4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I can't say that the skills I have developed would have helped in my degree. However, what I can say is that the skills I have developed will definitely be helpful when I do start work. Skills such as becoming more emotionally savvy, learning of when is a good time to ask questions, what questions to ask when you receive work.

The information I have received was definitely very helpful in that I understand to a greater extent what RPC does as a firm and why I would like to work at the firm.

10/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The insight was incredibly structured. I received relevant documents many weeks before the scheme started and was promptly reminded of any information that I was required to bring along.

The socials were well planned generally and the schedule was always clear.

I also feel that RPC knows what the vacation scheme is for. This has also been reflected throughout the firm in that the employees understand that we are here to gather experience and to do work that we may be faced with in the future, so the employees were always willing to enhance our exposure to their work.

9/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere was great. The open plan office is really such a great idea. Instead of having independent rooms, I was able to walk past people and judge whether they were occupied or not without first disturbing them with a knock. I was also able to just turn around and have a friendly conversation if I wanted a break from the work. The people are extremely friendly and welcoming of questions and will always do their best to find something for me to do if I was for some reason not busy.

10/10

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7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

One could tell that a lot of investments were made for us. The amount of time we could spend with partners, legal directors, associates, senior associates and trainees was fantastic. Understandably, the more senior one becomes, the busier they become, but notwithstanding this partners would be willing to make space to talk to vac schemers like myself.

9/10

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?

This was very clear. I knew what the trainees were doing and sometimes wherever possible I was doing work that trainees would be doing, this is part of the reason why the RPC summer scheme was so great.

10/10

9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

Immersing oneself in two weeks in a firm's culture is the best way to experience it and to say that one has not would be a lie.

10/10

10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

Very helpful since essentially I was given a snapshot of what life would be like at the firm.

9/10

Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

I was paid.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

There were many. Speed networking sessions, Networking lunches, the list goes on.

10/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Good. The speednetworking sessions were particularly useful. Although, the networking lunch was more difficult because it is difficult to balance the food and walking around talking to different people!

7/10

14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

This was less advertised.

5/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes I would, but I would also let them know that it's not goign to be easy.

9/10

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