Insight Day at RPC

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
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Aspiring Solicitors Insight Day November 2019

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

This was one of, if not the best insight day I have been to by far. I visited over six City firm this past year and RPC established themselves as a very personable firm. Every employee made us feel welcome and demonstrated that they were happy to give their time to us.


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

I felt extremely valued. I was spoken to like I was a new member of the team and the day was structured in a way that allowed Partners to impart knowledge to us, while also allowing us to speak to as many employees as possible. The office tour was inviting and everyone knew that we were going to be coming through the office.


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

There was a large degree of support. The firm conducted a networking seminar that gave me new insight into this very valuable skill. I preferred this to the typical, "We are the best firm in existence" rhetoric that was pushed by many of the Magic Circles firms that I had visited.


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

The simple answer is immensely. I would argue that networking is the single most crucial skill needed throughout your career to be successful. Whether it be during my search for a training contract or beyond. RPC recognised this and decided to help students improve our ability. I am confident that the firm knows how to provide beneficial training to trainees.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

The day was very structured beginning with an introductory talk, with a lunch at midday and a networking tea in the afternoon. These comfort breaks allowed me to remain engaged throughout all the seminars and to get the most value out of the entire day. An agenda was also provided at the beginning of the day.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere was both professional and personal. The firm demonstrated that it was a place where hard work was completed but the people were comfortable in being themselves. One of the Partner's even mentioned that the best advice they could give was to not take yourself too seriously. The culture demonstrated is one that I personally want to be a part of.


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

I would argue that they invested a fair bit solely for potential applicants at an insight day. We were reimbursed travel expenses and given seminars on networking and lunch. Most other firms will provide lunch but generally spend the day speaking about their business only. I found the mixture offered by RPC very refreshing.


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 was given a chance to speak to several trainees where they outlined a typical day in their lives as well as answers any questions we had. Overall, there was a high degree of transparency and it was made very clear by the firm what to expect as a potential candidate.


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

I strongly believe I left the firm that day understanding the culture completely. The firm did a very good job demonstrating this by allowing us to speak to as many people as possible. I was also given an office tour which displayed exactly how everyone is meant to work. Surprisingly, some other firms have not done this. I can't imagine wanting to work for a firm where they avoid showing you the conditions their employees are meant to conduct their business in.


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

This aspect did not provide me with much new information for my career path. I still want to qualify as a solicitor and am still searching for a training contract. What the day did help with is provide me with very beneficial information for my application to RPC itself. I felt I was in a much better place than other applicants when the day ended.


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

The firm paid for my train tickets to London and back. This is a pretty straightforward practice for most City firms. We were also provided lunch, refreshments and snacks regularly throughout the day. There was never a point where I felt hungry or uncomfortable as we were also sat at tables throughout the day.

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

There were three separately scheduled events on the day that allowed us to meet multiple employees. The first involved trainees, the second some Partners, and the third mingled everyone. The organisers did a great job ensuring that there was a large variety of people present and not just the same two to three trainees all day long.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

They were great because they allowed for time to overrun here. This allowed conversations to continue without being abruptly cut off. Both Partners and trainees also made themselves easily accessible on Linkedin which made it easy to continue conversations afterwards. Overall, I found the approachability between everyone to be a very telling sign of the culture at this firm.


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

Yes. There were a number of sports and social activities that employees can become involved in outside of work. The firm has also organised inter-organisational leagues among its clients. I spoke to both a trainee and Partner who played on the football team together. There are also many Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives taking place that everyone gets involved with.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Definitely so. I did not know much about RPC before this event and was not intending to apply. However, after meeting everyone and seeing what a great place to work it is, I applied this past week. I would advise anyone to visit the firm themselves and believe that they will be impressed.