I had a great day at RPC. Although I was initially concerned about the length of the Open Day, the way the activities were structured kept the day interesting and dynamic.
Having several opportunities to speak to graduate recruitment, trainees and lawyers made me feel like the firm was going out of its way to ensure that we experience the culture and people at RPC as much as possible.
The booklet we were given at the start of the day and the introduction gave as a good understanding of what to expect. I felt like I could speak to any member of the RPC staff if I needed assistance with anything.
I think that the networking session which we had was quite unique. Other Open Days have networking at the end of the day, but I had never attended a workshop for this at a firm. These skills will be useful in a variety of contexts and definitely increased my confidence levels. It also encouraged interaction between the students attending the event which helped create an even more friendly atmosphere.
I think it was very well structured. As I mentioned earlier, the Open Day was longer than any of the others I had attended, but somehow it did not feel too long. Having short breaks, alternating between different activities and encouraging people to walk around keep the day dynamic. The only potential concern I would like to flag up is that Open Days which start early make it more difficult for students outside of London to commute in.
It was great! The personalities and experiences of the lawyers at RPC shone through. The trainees were extremely approachable, and grad recruitment was very attentive and informative.
Seeing as it was a day long event I would say that RPC invested a good amount in our development. Allowing the lawyers and lady who led the networking session to take time out of their normal day demonstrates a commitment to developing our skills and understanding of the firm and legal sector.
The Open Day was an invaluable insight. Being in the offices, and seeing how the people at RPC work allows me to imagine what working there would be like. Speaking to trainees allowed to know more about their role and the training they receive. They also gave great application tips and reassurance. The talks from grad rec and lawyers gave us insights into current developments of the firm which may not necessarily be on the internet, and will therefore help our application stand out.
It was a great insight into RPS'c culture. Online may firms give similar information about their culture, so being in the offices and speaking to the people who work there is quickly becoming the only way to genuinely appreciate the culture. The focused talk on diversity was particularly inspiring and demonstrated how diversity is present throughout the firm.
This Open Day did not dramatically affect my future career path. I did however confirm my interest in becoming a solicitor and strongly encouraged me to apply to RPC. It also gave me some insights into the changing roles within firms, particularly in regards to the fact that partnership is not the only senior role available.
I was given an expenses form to fill it. I had completely forgotten about this until now. Perhaps receiving this through email after the event would be more helpful?
There were many opportunities to do this. We were not able to speak individually to the senior lawyers who gave talks immediately following this, but we were able to speak to then during the networking later on. Their contact details were also made available. We were given many opportunities to speak to all the trainees which was very helpful. Moreover, graduate recruitment was available throughout the day, so if we had extra questions and needed assistance we could speak to them anytime.
They were great! The networking workshop we had was a great warm up for all the networking opportunities we had throughout the day. Speaking to everyone over lunch then again over tea/coffee gave us plenty of chances to get to know everyone better.
I did. The lawyers giving presentation spoke about the various networks and events held by the firm. They spoke passionately about the various schemes promoting diversity and described how the firm achieve this. They spoke about some of the sporting activities, but I would have liked to know more about this. I would also be curious to find out more about their work/life balance and how they fit in these extra activities.
I have! I think that visiting firms is the best way to find out if you are what they're looking for and if you would fit in there. It gives vac scheme and training contract applicants a chance to demonstrate their knowledge and personal interest in the firm, which significantly strengthens their applications. I would be curious to know how many successful vac scheme applicants have not visited the firm.