A&O First gave me a sneak peek into the life of a trainee solicitor at the firm. Even as a potential applicant, A&O has exposed me to high quality training through the Think! Business Challenge and a negotiation exercise to develop my soft skills. Besides that, I was assigned my trainee buddy, David, who helped me understand the various practice areas and day-to-day role of a trainee. I was also given the opportunity to meet many other trainees, associates and partners in various departments who kept in touch with me throughout the year. The support network that I experienced enabled me to feel inclusive in the firm and truly reflects the collaborative and supportive culture that the firm has. Moreover, under the A&O First programme, I had the opportunity to work as the firm’s Campus Executive at UCL, which has allowed me to get to know the Graduate Recruitment team even better.
When it came to my Training Contract application, A&O First helped me to prepare as I participated in webinars and skill sessions. It really helped me with the online application questions and also for the two interviews. On the Assessment Day itself, I did not have to worry about getting lost on the way to the office as I have already been there numerous times. Seeing familiar faces from Graduate Recruitment and meeting my trainee buddy for coffee afterwards, helped me to relax and enabled me to build rapport quickly with my interviewers. Furthermore, having been in contact with A&O for almost nine months, speaking about why I want to work in A&O has become second nature to me and I was able to articulate my reasons well and support them with my participation in A&O First.
Getting a phone call with my Training Contract offer on Monday morning the week after my interview felt like my whole journey on A&O First ended on a high note. The best part came in terms of drafting countless thank-you-emails to the many people I knew from A&O who have helped me through my application process. I am comforted by the fact that if I were to accept this Training Contract offer, I would already have friends in the firm.