I used Aspiring Solicitors throughout the process of applying for vacation schemes and training contracts. At the beginning of the process, I contacted one of the Professional Ambassadors who gave me helpful advice on deciding which firms to apply to and practical tips on how to increase my commercial awareness.
I also attended AS events at several firms. These were a great way of finding out about the work and the culture of different firms and being able to tailor applications. Many of the events included skills focused sessions, such as networking and practice assessment centre style exercises. These were really useful in giving me confidence to face interviews and group exercises. The AS events were also fantastic opportunities to meet trainees from different firms at various stages of their training contracts.
I was also mentored by Gemma as part of the AS+ mentoring scheme, which was an amazing opportunity to get one-to-one support with my applications and interviews. Regular calls with Gemma helped me to plan my strategy for applications, improve my CV, tailor my applications to specific firms and prepare effectively for interviews. Gemma’s expertise and bespoke advice was invaluable; my applications improved hugely with her guidance and I was able to go into interviews feeling confident and well prepared.
I would say to AS members to make the most of the opportunities that AS offers. AS’s support with applications makes the process seem far less daunting, and the events and Professional Ambassadors give unique access to firms and lawyers so you can make informed decisions about the kind of firm which is right for you.
I would absolutely recommend AS because the support and opportunities which AS gave me were a huge part in me securing my dream training contract.