As a Hogan Lovells campus ambassador, I helped to promote and host the firm's evening reception at my university at the start of the academic year. I then gathered feedback on the event and answered follow-up questions from students. I also got involved in the campus competitions throughout the year and organised a focus group to find ways for the firm to increase its on-campus presence.
Thanks to all that, I forged great relationships with the graduate recruitment team. So, when the time came for applications, I felt very comfortable asking questions about the process. Due to the large number of Hogan Lovells events I attended, I also built a network of lawyers at the firm. This meant that when I joined as a trainee, there were plenty of familiar faces. I also developed lasting relationships with some of the other ambassadors, one of whom is now a close friend on my training contract intake.
Having visited the firm many times through the programme, I felt I was in a familiar place when it came to my vacation scheme, was more relaxed and ultimately got more out of it. An extra benefit was being able to find a flat with another ambassador during the scheme. That made moving to London for the summer much easier.
On top of all that, the programme boosted my confidence and public-speaking skills. Doing lecture shout-outs seemed frightening at first, but quickly became less daunting as the year went on. And being in contact with such a varied range of people – both students and members of the firm – also developed my interpersonal skills.
The campus ambassador programme is an all-round great opportunity. If you’re planning to apply, work out what sets you apart from other applicants at your university as well as why you’d be a good fit for the role. And don’t be afraid to voice new ideas or suggest improvements to the firm’s current on-campus presence.