Allen & Overy First at Allen & Overy

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
london
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4.2/5

About You
4.3
The Company
4.3
Everything Else
4.1

Role Description

Year-long scheme at A&O for 1st Year Students

About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Really enjoyed getting to know the firm and the different people who worked there. Work experience in particular - on two occasions - was great and a good insight into the sort of work trainees undertook.
5 /5

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

Felt valued - in the Easter week, was pleasantly surprised by the social evening to the Ping Pong club and lots of support given over the scheme.
5 /5

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

Lots of support when at A&O, but no contact from mentor outside of the scheme.
4 /5

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

Now have much clearer view on career I wish to follow - feel valued to be one of over a thousand picked for 40-member A&O First scheme. Clearer understanding of what commercial lawyers and ones at A&O, in particular, do.
5 /5

The Company

5. How well structured was the insight?

Well structured. General presentation and application tips are always good, but always liked the partners panel and the informal events such as trainees at different tables speaking to us about their different divisions. Having the ability to shadow trainee was really useful.
5 /5

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Super friendly and engaging; very supportive and helpful. Genuine feeling that this would be a great place to work and I could work with the people in the firm.
5 /5

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

Lots of investment given to us - not only were we given three days at the firm's offices, but they paid all expenses and supplied hotels for others who did not live within commuting distance of London. Also gifted a Kindle Fire, which was a great surprise and super useful.
5 /5

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?

Completely - work shadowing was very helpful, as were the panel and trainee talks.
5 /5

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

Useful - it was clear that the firm was very friendly and approachable, whilst still challenging and expecting hard work.
4 /5

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

Very helpful - allowed me to understand in greater detail what A&O, a&o trainees, a&o lawyers and a&o divisions do.
3 /5

Everything Else

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

Yes - train fares, and gifted with kindle fire - nice surprise.

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

Lots - was shown around various offices in the firm and met a number of trainees and associates.
4 /5

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

excellent - liked the ping pong club on the monday night.
4 /5

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

yes - heard lots about sports team and socials, but also charity - warchild et al.
4 /5

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

absolutely - really enjoyable and helped me understand the firm's culture and what it stands for.
5 /5