A&O First Participant at Allen & Overy

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
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Banking and Finance Law

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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I thoroughly enjoyed the A&O First Scheme and had a fantastic time from start to finish.


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

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.


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

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.


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 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.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

Everything was structured to perfection! From the socials to the shadowing of our buddies, everything was arranged amazingly and ran very smoothly.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

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.


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

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.


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?

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.


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

It helped very much in our understanding of the firm's culture and how it distinguishes itself from other firms in this way.


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

It was very valuable in confirming my beliefs about a future career path


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

The graduate recruitment team ensured that any reimbursements for travel expenses were made swiftly.

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

Yes, there were multiple opportunities for this which were able to take advanatge of


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

They were organised brilliantly and were a lot of fun in terms of getting to know graduate recruitment as well as the other participants.


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

We were told about all the various pro-bono opportunities as well as sporting opportunities on offer.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

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.