Vacation Scheme Student at Allen & Overy

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
City of London Central London and City
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£10,000 - £11,999

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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Very useful. Coming from a non-UK work environment, the internship really gave me a glimpse of what it might be to live and work in the UK


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

I understand that the vacation scheme is more of a way to get to know the firm and people, and that responsibility will necessarily be minimal, but everyone made great effort to give us as much of an insight as possible.

Little touches, such as a name plate designation, and attention from senior employees made a lot of difference.


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

Lots. There were both formal and informal mechanisms for guidance and support. Everyday was packed with orientations and social events.

The buddy system was especially helpful, given that HR tried their best to provide buddies with similar interests and backgrounds, HR was always on call, and always helpful.


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

Did not get a tremendous amount of work, but definitely learnt loads about the firm and its culture,


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5. How well structured was the insight?

Supremely well structured. Every day was scheduled, and a lot of thought had clearly been put into the vacation scheme to ensure that students would get a broad a range of experiences as possible.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

As mentioned above, lots of social events to allow informal interaction. The trainers were particularly interested in making sure that the students had a good placement.


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

Very structured feedback session in the middle of the vac scheme helped a lot. There was also continuous support available from supervisors and HR.


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?

Continuous interaction with peers and persons actually occupying a full-time role was greatly instrumental.


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

The little things gave away a lot. Their commitment to pro-bono, their open door policy, actual availability of senior employees.


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


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

Fully paid and reimbursed for all my expenses. Not as generous as other competing law firms, but adequate nonetheless.

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

Absolutely! Specific events had been designed to facilitate networking, but we were also encouraged to approach anyone and have a chat.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Same as above.


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

Yes, there was a notice board which was very informative about AnO activities outside of work.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

A wonderful opportunity.