I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I got to meet a lot of nice people and I learnt a lot. there were a lot of activities so there was never a dull moment. the sessions were also very interactive so it never felt like a boring lecture. I definitely would recommend it !
I felt extremely valued. the members of grad recruitment took time out to make sure everyone was okay. one person in actually learnt my name! (sounds little but considering we were 80 it meant alot that he did). we were kept well fed and healthy too! we were also provided accommodation which was very convenient.
we received a lot of guidance during the insight. firstly with regards to activities, there was always someone to ask and help out if needed. with regard to to the firm I feel like I could write a whole exam on DLA now! It was very insightful and educative in general!
I definitely feel like the skills and information received will be useful onwards! for instance the presentation exercise we had helped build my research and presentation skills! I also developed confidence and am much better inclined to present to a large crowd. other than that we were taught about dealing with people from different backgrounds which I think will definitely help a lot especially since I want to work internationally.
the structure was perfect! from breakfast to dinner! one thing I liked was the variety in the activities, they weren't all talks, there was time for interaction with members of staff and of course ourselves. also, we got to move around among ourselves a lot. I especially loved the ice breaker where you had to find your match / partner [I was Mario and I had to find Luigi]
I think it was perfect. it was friendly, warm and welcoming. there was no tense barrier between the members of grad recruit and the first years. even the other person on the scheme were generally so nice and welcoming. it was literally impossible to feel sad or down at any point
they invested a lot in term of training and development. a lot of effort went into educating and enlightening use about the legal sector in general. a lot of inter-personal skills were also taught during the course. in as much as the scheme tried to show us about the firm they remained focus on us as individuals
there was definitely a significant amount of insight gained with regard to this. different partners from different sectors came and gave detailed talks on their day to day activities. we also had a speed networking session to chat with associates about their line of work and the challenges faced. this gave a clear picture of what life at DLA would be like.
I feel like there was alot of insight given but not even in a talk or anything. just by talking to the associates and partners it was easy to determine the kind of environment it is - a friendly, welcoming and supporting one. also speaking to trainees both present and incoming helped give a better understanding
I would definitely say that talking to members of staff helped me make a clear identification of the career path I want. its one thing to read about it but having someone in it actually explain it is really useful. they also covered all areas from pro-bono to litigation and corporate law and overall it was a very well rounded view.
our travel expenses and accommodation were taken care of by the firm. in addition we were fed on the 3 days and it was really good food! we also got snacks and breaks during the day to make sure no one ever felt hungry or anything of the sort.
yes ! a lot! you could literally walk up to anyone walking to ask questions. other than that we had a lot of networking sessions with a diverse range of employees of the firm to allow us meet whoever it was we were interested in meeting. also, where we were given talks there was time for asking questions. it was nice for partners to take out of their busy schedules to talk to us !
the networking events were really good. very free and casual. we got to meet lovely people and have a nice chat over food and drinks. we also got to go for dinner to have more time for a relaxed chat and since it was dinner it was long enough to have all questions answered.
this was not particularly emphasised. I mean they all stated that they did have time for things outside work, as a matter of fact a member of the grad recruitment is a part time produce / DJ. however I wouldn't say it was necessarily incorporated into the system. it was said in passing.
absolutely ! it was a lovely and helpful event and I genuinely think more firms should have such schemes. not only am I now in love with the firm but I am also very confident in my choice to pursue a legal career. and I am grateful for this.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
6th April 2018