Vacation Scheme Student at Allen & Overy

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
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Less than £ 10,000
Corporate Law

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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I really enjoyed my vacation scheme. I felt that I gained a really useful insight into life at the firm and the atmosphere was totally welcoming and friendly. I also really enjoyed all of the social events that the firm put on and felt these were a great way to meet other interns and future colleagues!


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

I definitely felt valued during the scheme and was really impressed by the efforts that staff put in to make sure I understood everything I was doing and was kept busy.


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

I received a lot of guidance during the scheme; even though my supervisor was incredibly busy he made sure to make time to always explain everything he was doing to me and give me tasks to do. I felt that I could always ask for help if I was confused.


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

The skills I learnt will be incredibly useful when I begin studying the GDL and when I become a trainee at the firm.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The vacation scheme was really well structured with a good balance between time in the office working with my supervisor, talks, presentations and workshops, and social events.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere during my vacation scheme was really friendly and encouraging. I felt that everyone made a big effort to include me and answer any questions I had and I generally felt that I fitted in well at the firm.


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

The firm put a lot of effort into workshops and talks that were useful in learning new skills and gaining knowledge and insight into the industry.


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?

I feel that I came out of the scheme with a really good view on what a career at the firm would be like.


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

I feel that I gained a really good insight into the culture at the company which was sociable, hard-working and diverse.


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

Invaluable - I decided to accept the training contract that the firm offered to me; a big step in my future career path.


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

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

Yes - I felt that I really got to meet a wide range of people during my time at the firm. The graduate recruitment team and my supervisor were really helpful in organising opportunities for me to meet lawyers in various departments.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Very fun and a good opportunity to meet new people!


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

Yes - I had a meeting with the leader of the A&O choir and attended talks about other activities the firm runs.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Definitely. I found the vacation schemes really enjoyable and I gained invaluable experience and insight into the legal industry.