Vacation scheme at Allen & Overy

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Spitalfields Market Central London and City
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Less than £ 10,000
Banking and Finance Law Corporate Law Intellectual Property Law Legal/Law

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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

The vacation scheme was enjoyable from first to last.


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

The Graduate Recruitment team were at pains to welcome us, having memorised our names prior to our arrival! The trainees and associates were friendly and willing to answer any questions we had during our three weeks.


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

There were a number of possible contacts for us to use at all times.


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

I benefited from the exposure to a commercial law firm. I was inspired by a number of senior individuals and my attention to detail and presentation skills improved in the short time.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

We had a detailed itinerary and were informed by Graduate Recruitment of the various planned events well in advance. This was not restrictive, however, as we were also able to plan a number of ad-hoc social events across the three week period.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

We were welcomed into the firm from the off and were able to take advantage of the surrounding Spitalfields Market. The was down the friendly and sociable nature of the firm, the Graduate Recruitment team and the other vacation scheme students.


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

I was offered online training, IT training and was constantly provided with constructive advice during my time.


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?

The trainees were honest about all aspects of their job. They were at pains to communicate the negative aspects of their role as well as the positives.


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

Our talk with the Senior Partner set the tone for the three weeks, and gave us a clear insight into the culture and vision of the firm.


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

The practice area talks broadened our understanding of the A&O practices, whilst our time in our seats provided a realistic example of work at a large international law firm.


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

When taken out for meals or coffee, all personnel were at pains to ensure that I did not pay for anything, even when I insisted.

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

Every morning we met individuals from the various practice groups. Even the most senior individuals within the firm were willing to give up time to speak with us.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

The socials were well planned, the people were fantastic and there was plenty of scope for additional socials when no formal plans had been made.


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

We were invited to socialise, take part in pro-bono activities and informed of the various sports and music opportunities within the firm.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I cannot recommend the vacation scheme highly enough.