Vacation Scheme Student at Linklaters

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
London Greater London
Review Date
Salary
Less than £ 10,000
Roles
Commercial Law

5.4/10

About You
5.0
The Organisation
4.7
Everything Else

6.8

About You

Role Description

Shadowed two associates in different departments for three weeks.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

It was ok, there were some elements that were fun, but the sheer amount of talks meant that it became a little boring and repetitive.

7/10

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

Fairly well valued, particularly when I got to undertake specific tasks and got constructive feedback on them.

7/10

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

Very little. There was a project that we had to do, and there was no particular training/assistance with this.

3/10

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

To be honest, very little. We spent very little time developing skills, and rather the talks and presentations were just extended marketing of the firm.

3/10

The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

Whilst everything was organised well, the structure lacked from the lack of different things that we were able to do.

3/10

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

It was strangely quite competitive amongst the other students. Also, the firm was quite tense: some students were particularly upset at poor (and unfairly so) reviews they were given by their supervisors who seemed particularly unfriendly.

3/10

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

Very little training and development investment. Though we did a pitch presentation, the time that we had to do this was very short, we were given no pointers as to how to improve, and seemed more like an opportunity for the partners to make us feel uncomfortable with questions we couldn't possibly answer.

2/10

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 think it gave a fairly accurate sense of working there since we were given the opportunity to interact with a number of trainees and hear their experiences.

9/10

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

The company culture came across in the talks was difficult to decipher as it was a lot of management speak and fancy graphics rather than an explanation or demonstration of what it was really like.

3/10

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

It gave me a good indication as to the type of firm that I do and don't want to work for and some interesting areas that I might wish to pursue.

8/10

Other Information

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

We were paid however this would just cover most people's expenses.

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

There were actually a very many opportunities both socially and whilst working to meet the other employees and hear their experiences.

9/10

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

They were all very well organised and very good fun. though they had a tendency to run on quite late which was annoying if you had to commute.

7/10

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

We had a number of presentation and workshops on things sun as this e.g. the pro bono work and the sports and societies they are part of.

6/10

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Only if their personality would suit the firm as I think there was very much a type at Linklaters.

5/10

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