As a Law student, Abbie faced the challenge of deciding which of many law firms to apply to. In a break from finishing her degree, we sat down with her to hear how she chose Addleshaw Goddard.
Step 1: Listen to recommendations
Abbie first spotted Addleshaw Goddard on a Bright Network email, and decided she wanted to know more. By making friends in higher years and making contacts outside of university, she had already built a large pool of people who could answer her questions and give recommendations.
“I found it particularly helpful talking to trainees I knew at other firms who moved to AG,” said Abbie.
Their positive opinions were enough to solidify her interest. Addleshaw Goddard went straight onto her list of possibilities.
Step 2: Research the company
“Always do your research,” said Abbie.
It’s something we often tell our members when they’re preparing to impress an interviewer, but research is just as important as a tool to help you make your decisions. Abbie found that the Addleshaw Goddard website spoke her language. Just as importantly, she found that the company had recently received an award for ‘Best Vacation Scheme for a National Firm’.
Step 3: Apply for a vacation scheme
After weighing up her options, Abbie applied for the vacation scheme.
“I heard many good things about AG,” she said, “so I wanted to see for myself whether it was somewhere I want to train.”
Abbie grabbed her lucky caramel macchiato at breakfast and set off for her assessment day.
“It was intense!” she said. “Such a variety of different sessions. It was challenging in itself as it was a long time to be assessed for, but I really enjoyed some of the tasks.”
She marked that down as a good sign – and she now has a whole summer to learn more about Addleshaw Goddard and decide if it would be a good fit for the longer term.
Abbie’s top tip for Bright Network members
“Be confident in your own abilities,” she said. “It’s not only about impressing them. It’s about finding the right place for you.”