TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2022-23

Jessica Booker

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Hi guys,

On the Linklaters form, underneath the part where students enter their university grades, there's a textbox marked "Should you wish to share any further module-related information, please use the space below to add this information".

Would it be relevant to mention the criteria used by my university to gauge whether someone's achieved a First in a particular academic year?
Also, would it be relevant to mention academic prizes won during my time at university (I presume the answer to this question is "no")?

@Jessica Booker
You don't need to include any details on how the university assessed your modules.

You could include any academic prizes for modules studied though.
 

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For the question: Please tell us about a recent news article that interests you and how this relates to Ashurst. Would I be expected to cite the sources that I have used to formulate my response, and if so, how?
You don't have to formally cite your source, but you can reference how/where you read/learned about the news story.
 

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Am I able to just post my application answers on this forum for someone to review it? Is that allowed?
We recommend using private message to do this. You can ask people whether they’d be happy to review your answers in the forums and then you can share your answers with anyone who says yes via private message.
 
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    Really stumped on how to answer: What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?

    Seems very broad & I am not sure whether to allude to the long term, as how could I possibly know what I expect in 20-30+ yrs time, when I haven't even trained yet?
     

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    Really stumped on how to answer: What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?

    Seems very broad & I am not sure whether to allude to the long term, as how could I possibly know what I expect in 20-30+ yrs time, when I haven't even trained yet?
    You can allude to the longer term if you know aspects that will be important to you then. But if you don't, look at the more immediate career - the next 3-5 years will be fine to cover (and probably still applies in many cases to the longer term anyway).
     
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    AvniD

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    Really stumped on how to answer: What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?

    Seems very broad & I am not sure whether to allude to the long term, as how could I possibly know what I expect in 20-30+ yrs time, when I haven't even trained yet?
    I think the focus could be on what your idea of being rewarded in your career is and why this is important to you rather than the term in which you expect these rewards to be given to you. So talking about how you would like to be appreciated for good work that you've done and the impact you believe this will have on you as a person and on your work may be a way to approach this without having to worry about the long term or the short term. Does this make sense?
     

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    Hi guys,

    With the Linklaters winter vac scheme deadline coming up tomorrow, I just had a couple of quick questions to ask - as ever, any responses would be massively appreciated:

    1. Has anyone got any tips for the CAPP assessment (other than doing it at a time when you're in the right frame of mind to answer the questions accurately)?
    2. From what I can see from the Linklaters website, it would seem that candidates are able to take the Watson Glaser after the deadline, provided they do it five days after submitting the application. Just to make absolutely sure, is this correct, or do candidates also have to complete the Watson Glaser before the general application deadline?

    Thanks in advance!! :)

    @Jessica Booker
     

    Jessica Booker

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    Hi guys,

    With the Linklaters winter vac scheme deadline coming up tomorrow, I just had a couple of quick questions to ask - as ever, any responses would be massively appreciated:

    1. Has anyone got any tips for the CAPP assessment (other than doing it at a time when you're in the right frame of mind to answer the questions accurately)?
    2. From what I can see from the Linklaters website, it would seem that candidates are able to take the Watson Glaser after the deadline, provided they do it five days after submitting the application. Just to make absolutely sure, is this correct, or do candidates also have to complete the Watson Glaser before the general application deadline?

    Thanks in advance!! :)

    @Jessica Booker
    No specific tips for this assessments - but also turn off any distractions. Don’t have 10 other tabs on your laptop running and turn the notifications off on your phone/turn your phone off.

    Unfortunayely I can’t comment on the deadline process - hopefully someone else will be able to advise on this who has done the test.
     
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    Donuttime

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    Hi guys,

    With the Linklaters winter vac scheme deadline coming up tomorrow, I just had a couple of quick questions to ask - as ever, any responses would be massively appreciated:

    1. Has anyone got any tips for the CAPP assessment (other than doing it at a time when you're in the right frame of mind to answer the questions accurately)?
    2. From what I can see from the Linklaters website, it would seem that candidates are able to take the Watson Glaser after the deadline, provided they do it five days after submitting the application. Just to make absolutely sure, is this correct, or do candidates also have to complete the Watson Glaser before the general application deadline?

    Thanks in advance!! :)

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    For the CAPP assessment I would say answer truthfully. No one really knows what Links are looking for in these tests but always refer to the agile mindset! Think about what you would do in the situation for the CAPP test rather than what they expect. Some of the answers can contradict the other when you scale them so if you’re truthful you wouldn’t be caught out by trying to go after what you think you should rank an answer.

    yes you are given five days after you submit to complete the Watson glaser!
    & good luck
     

    traineedreamer

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    Hi guys,

    With the Linklaters winter vac scheme deadline coming up tomorrow, I just had a couple of quick questions to ask - as ever, any responses would be massively appreciated:

    1. Has anyone got any tips for the CAPP assessment (other than doing it at a time when you're in the right frame of mind to answer the questions accurately)?
    2. From what I can see from the Linklaters website, it would seem that candidates are able to take the Watson Glaser after the deadline, provided they do it five days after submitting the application. Just to make absolutely sure, is this correct, or do candidates also have to complete the Watson Glaser before the general application deadline?

    Thanks in advance!! :)

    @Jessica Booker
    Hi! I just completed the CAPP assessment, and the portal says I have until the 10th to complete the Watson Glaser, so you'll have the extra 5 days :)
     

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    is winning a moot an academic prize?
    how far back should one go when referring to prizes?
    and how much do firms take them into account @Jessica Booker
    Technically only if it is part of your degree (e.g. you are graded for the mooting).

    You can go back anytime.

    It really depends on the rest of the information you present in your application. Sometimes these awards can help to show that you have excelled in academia, but it really depends on the strengths elsewhere in your application. Plenty of trainees each year are recruited without such awards/prizes anyway.
     

    Dwight

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    If anyone has good knowledge on DCM, would appreciate your input here. So - there is an inverse relationship between bond price and interest rates, meaning that when interest rates rise (as they did a few days ago), bond prices fall. But isn't it true that if a coupon rate is higher than the prevailing interest rate, the bond's price rises. Thus, a bond with a 4% coupon rate will have increased in price following the BoE increasing base rate from 1.75% to 2.25%? Or would the 4% bond still decrease in price and it is a matter of it decreasing less than a 2% bond?
     

    Jessica Booker

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    what are personal qualities? are they things like analytical ability, ability to work under pressure? or is it things like honesty, a sense of humour and so forth? @Jessica Booker

    Thanks!
    To me a personal quality is more of a characteristic, while the things you have mentioned are more abilities or skills.

    So to me a personal quality are things like being reliable, determined, outgoing, confident, being diligent, on kind-hearted - things like that, rather than an ability. Think of them more of the attributes you have that will allow you to apply things like analytical skills, good time management etc
     

    time2work

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    Does anyone have any tips or guidance on how to prepare for AO's numerical reasoning test (or the SJT and verbal reasoning elements)?
    I would say brush up on some simple maths (division and percentages) for two questions in particular. It should not be particularly difficult for someone who has a grasp of simple maths (not me). I would also say you cannot really prepare for the SJT, but you could think about typical trainee tasks and challenges you might face and how you could respond to these.
     

    fabia123

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    I applied to Travers Smith Direct TC in the last cycle (August 2022) but they told me that they have filled all of the spaces and I should apply to Winter Scheme. Do I have to change/edit my application as they really never got the time to read it?
     

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