I thoroughly enjoyed the A&O First Scheme and had a fantastic time from start to finish.
I felt extremely valued during my time at the firm, and this was particularly the case when shadowing my trainee buddy and being introduced to other members of the team.
There was an incredible amount of guidance given by various members of the A&O team, from graduate recruitment to partners. Furthermore, the support we received from the graduate recruitment was especially amazing, and I appreciated how they kept in touch with us regularly throughout the whole scheme.
The skills I developed from this scheme were invaluable - from teamwork to problem-solving, there were so many areas we were able to build on through the tasks which the firm organised for us. Furthermore, all the presentations given to us, as well as tasks such as negotiation exercises, were incredibly useful as well as engaging.
Everything was structured to perfection! From the socials to the shadowing of our buddies, everything was arranged amazingly and ran very smoothly.
The general atmosphere was very welcoming as well as stimulating. I believe this was especially due to the other A&O First participants, as well as the members of the firm we came across who were all fantastic.
The firm really invested in us in respect of personal training and development, which was evidenced by the jam-packed schedules they had organised as well as their utility.
It offered a fantastic insight into this by ensuring that we had multiple opportunities to speak to members of the firm, as well as shadowing our buddies.
It helped very much in our understanding of the firm's culture and how it distinguishes itself from other firms in this way.
It was very valuable in confirming my beliefs about a future career path
The graduate recruitment team ensured that any reimbursements for travel expenses were made swiftly.
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They were organised brilliantly and were a lot of fun in terms of getting to know graduate recruitment as well as the other participants.
We were told about all the various pro-bono opportunities as well as sporting opportunities on offer.
I could not recommend the A&O First Scheme enough! It was an absolutely amazing and unforgettable experience, which gave such a useful and engaging insight into A&O as a firm, and how it stands itself apart from other firms like it.