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Make the most of opportunities to attend Open Days and Careers Events. Introduce yourself to the law firm's representatives, particularly the graduate recruitment officers. Aim to find out as much as you can about the firm and their application process from them. Build up a good rapport with them and they may well then remember you when they receive your application.
A superstar application form is thoughtful, relevant, and genuine. Each section of the application form should showcase your unique strengths and personality:
• Interest & Achievement Section - Include your best examples to give the greatest impact rather than including everything. Show diversity through these examples, for instance, working as part of team, working individually, one off experiences and ongoing interests so you can demonstrate your ability to be agile and adapt to new environments.
When writing an application it is important to consider what is the employer trying to find out and what are they looking for in their applicant. Therefore, when describing an extracurricular university experience, don’t just tell a story in a timeline of events, but also include aspects that highlight your personal qualities. This may include how you approach decisions, how you reacted to scenarios, how you dealt with others and how you thought about elements that are beyond the obvious.
Before starting with Taylor Wessing in August and whilst I was still studying for the LPC, I set off for Nepal with the hope of reaching Everest Base Camp. With only two weeks off between my studies, time was of the essence to fulfil this long-held ambition. Arriving in Kathmandu I met my guide, Min, who would lead the way through the Himalayan foothills.
You've done your homework, studied the stats, read up on practice areas, and compared the firms that've caught your eye – now, it's time to put your best foot and application forward.
There's no delaying the inevitable, and, as graduate recruiters were keen to tell us when we collected our list of relevant tips, procrastination rarely improves an application. So, take the time to browse over these deadlines, make a schedule and pace yourself accordingly – you'll do great.
Our thanks to Norton Rose Fulbright for sponsoring this table.
As good bargains go, vacation schemes stand out as amazing 3-for-1 deals: for just a few weeks of your time, you get to improve your resume, brush up your legal skills and, best of all, you can see first-hand what life's truly like at your favourite law firm before committing to the full training contract experience.
Because we know a number of you are set on giving vacation schemes a try, we've put together a collection of application deadlines to help you along. Many thanks to Taylor Wessing for sponsoring the Vacation Scheme Deadlines table.
Each student's unique experiences and varied degree subjects are essential in helping firms provide the best possible service for each client they work with. As a non- law background can help firms to understand their clients from a different perspective and give further. Therefore, firms recognise the importance of recruiting non-lawyers as it is important that they reflect their clients who usually cover a broad spectrum of industries. For instance, at Taylor Wessing we recruit around 50:50 law to non-law trainees.
Daniel Foley is currently completing the GDL, having recently graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in English with Study in North America. He completed vacation schemes with Taylor Wessing, Nabarro and White & Case in 2015, and will begin his training contract with Taylor Wessing in September 2017. He has kindly taken time out of his busy schedule to offer a few wise words on how to approach university life.
In general, "all experience is good experience". However, with the competitive nature of the application process not all work experience will directly translate into securing a training contract. It will however, provide a variety of skills that you can showcase in your applications and be utilised in your future career.
Networking skills are crucial when seeking out new career opportunities, establishing or building relationships, keeping updated with peers in the industry or for knowledge exchange.
To improve networking skills, it is firstly vital to be open to building relationships. Ensure that you do your preparation and planning before attending any events and this will mean you are more comfortable, in control and actually enjoy the event. Consider who will be attending an event and arrive with an idea of those people you want to approach and why you want to approach them. Have some questions in your armoury to start a conversation. What do they do? Where are they from? Have they been to something like this before? Do they know anyone else? Is there anything in the press recently that might be relevant to them and their work?
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