Probably THE most common question I get is “what is the key to obtaining a Vacation Scheme”?
I’m a believer that there isn’t one single ‘key’ that will make you successful in all of your Vacation Scheme applications but, there is one underlying theme:
FINDING THE RIGHT FIRM FOR YOU
For me, once you’re applying to the firms best suited to you, your application there is already immediately better than for a firm that you’re less interested in an perhaps just applying to for a ‘back up option’. Passion comes through on applications and recruiters can easily tell who could be a good fit for the firm.
But this compromises of quite a few elements:
- How do I know if a firm is right for me?
- How do I know if I fit in at the firm?
- …and so on.
1 – Meet the firm
Law fairs, Open Days and Insight Evenings are your best starting point.
You’ll be able to ask as many questions about the firm as you need and meet some of the people currently working at the firm. This will straight away give you an idea of the firm’s culture and work. Some firms you will click with straight away and think ‘yes, I am definitely applying here’ whilst others may not have the same effect on you.
Culture is extremely important and it varies from firm to firm. The only way you can find out about a firm’s culture is by visiting them, chatting to the recruitment team and employees.
2 – Research
If you know that you have a particular interest in an area/sector, this should also guide your search for the right firm.
For example, if you’re set on becoming a tax lawyer, then is applying to a renowned personal injury firm a good use of time and resources?
Similarly, if you have no idea what kind of law you want to get into eventually, then perhaps a full-service firm that can offer you a range of experience across different sectors is best. That way you will able to experience a wider variety during your time with the firm.
3 – Where do you want to work?
Do you want to work in a large corporate firm, a mid-sized one or a smaller high street firm?
Do you want to work in a particular location?
Do you want to be part of a big team or a small team?
These are just some of the questions to consider when looking for the right firms to apply to.