Working for a film location agency matching production crews up with locations for their film shoots.
I really enjoyed the Vacation Scheme. Everyone was very friendly and made you feel very welcome, and there wasn't any sense of hierarchy within the firm, meaning you felt you could talk to anyone. I was put into two different departments (1 week in each) and was given a range of varied work in both departments including a trip to court. The socials were really fun, and very well organised.
I felt very valued. I felt that the firm was really trying to sell themselves to me as well as the other way around. This meant that they took on board any feedback you gave, were eager to make sure you felt you had made the most of your two weeks. I received feedback on every piece of work I did and everyone made sure to say thank you for any task I did for them. I was made to feel as though I was part of the team.
I never felt unsupported or that I couldn't ask a question. At the end of each week you are asked to fill out a feedback form for a short feedback session with your supervisor. This meant we were able to review the work I had done that week and gain some constructive advice and guidance on how I could have improved the task. I was then able to apply this guidance the following week. I always felt that I could ask anybody any questions about the tasks I was set, and everyone repeatedly told me they would much prefer me to ask them questions for support than for me to sit there and not know. I was buddied up with a trainee in each department so even if my supervisor was too busy to allocate work I could always turn to the trainee for support.
I was asked to do a couple of research tasks which I was told are normal trainee jobs so the skills I learnt and the feedback I received on these tasks will be invaluable to my time as a trainee. I also got involved in a blog writing competition for the trainee blog which again will be useful in my role as a trainee. I was also exposed to some legal documents which apparently we use on the LPC so this will be a great head start in understanding the documents. The scheme also gave me a real insight into the firms DM system and more generally about how the firm works from an administrative level and also at a business development level which will be great if I work there again.
Extremely well structured. We were allocated a trainee buddy prior to the scheme starting so that we could ask any questions before the Scheme. We had a jam-packed timetable (which we were given on our first day) but were still able to spend some quality time in the departments. This meant we could get some of the 'real' work done but were able to get a good oversight of the firm. There was a good balance of tasks and department work and socials, including a group exercise, interview (on the last day) and a trip to Lloyd's of London. The socials were really well organised, very generous and lots of fun.
Everyone at RPC was really friendly, from speaking to people in the lift to my pre-scheme buddy and department buddy. It is a busy city firm with some great high profile work, but no-one was too busy to say hello or answer a simple question. Where people were able, they took the time to go for coffee and get to know more about me as well as offer me an opportunity to ask them questions about their career and about the firm. Its a very sociable and friendly firm which was what initially drew me to it in the first place. There is no sense of hierarchy and so I was able to speak to lots of partners during my time.
As a vacation schemer we didn't really receive training as such, but we did receive two feedback sessions from our supervisors and were given constructive feedback on how to improve our skills and work. I am attracted to RPC as a trainee due to the level of support they offer me with training and development, so I know they are invested in this. During the scheme they do encourage you to be self-reflective on the work you have done.
Hugely. Having a two week scheme means you can really get to know the firm. I was able to speak to a lot of trainees about their day-to-day work which was really useful. Both my supervisors set me 'normal trainee tasks' which meant I knew what to expect as a trainee. We had time in two different departments so we knew what work they normally do in those departments and we also attended department talks which were really useful to see what type of work and which Client's the firm does and works for.
Hugely. As before, everyone was very friendly and it showed that there is a very respectful working culture at RPC.
Very valuable. It gave me an insight into contentious work which I hadn't had before and made me really think about whether I would enjoy a career as a contentious or non-contentious lawyer. It also showed me that being an insurance heavy firm doesn't mean that the work is only dealing with insurance policies, it is more about the clients' they work with, and so this changed my opinion of what I thought was 'boring' insurance work.
We were paid a weekly wage for both weeks.
We were also given a £60 canteen voucher and all the socials were paid for.
Yes. There were plenty of opportunities to meet every level of people at the firm. We had networking lunches with partners and associates and socials with the trainees. I was lucky enough to go to a department dinner so got to meet lots of people within that department.
Really fun. The socials included cocktail making and dinners out. We were also sent to a pre-paid drinks table with the other vac schemers which was actually a great opportunity to get to know them all better and relax after Week 1. RPC was very generous with everything.
yep - badminton club, book club, football, choir and yoga were just some of the ones I heard about.