Engaging with key partners and members to exhibit the ABI’s value proposition and help support client relations. Contributing towards to research pieces on industry initiatives. Optimising the CRM database through data analytics and research. Researching ongoing industry developments - presenting findings via a weekly presentation and my own newsletter that was delivered to staff and Associate Members. Using member engagement analytics from Power BI. Representing the ABI at external events. Ad-hoc projects of varying sizes.
I led a project on operational resilience and third party outsourcing. I read around the topic, then based on research set up meetings with members and experts in that area. These included some consultancies, insurance organisations and insurance members globally. Some countries included New Zealand, Canada, America and Germany. I then presented and complied my research into a presentation that will help inform future ABI and international policy positions on operational resilience and outsourcing.
My role involved participating in team meetings, learning more about the overall company and insurance industry. My main focus was on my research project which was overseen by my supervisor. Day-to-day I would have meetings with people from different sectors depending on my interests, and I was able to network.
Some of the things I did on a normal day would include: monitoring Parliament, working on responses to cases raised with us by MPs, researching MPs or Peers to find out more about their interests, monitoring press coverage and queries that the press office receive, writing press and political updates for the organisation, and writing the weekly team newsletter for members.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the ABI, at the beginning I did question how I would survive the transition the routine of the working world but this got a lot better as the placement went on. The staff at the ABI were all very friendly and there is always someone you can talk to or ask for help. The ABI wasn't just all work focused, our Sports and Social Committee regularly organised fun social events for the staff and our Health and Wellbeing team held staff events such as chocolate tasting and chair massages to keep us sane.
I feel very fortunate to have started my career at the ABI. All my colleagues were very helpful and friendly and put my nerves at ease very early on. I have made great friends and connections throughout my time here and I hope to keep in touch with many of my colleagues after I leave. The professional opportunities I have been given and the skills I have learned match the social experiences I have had which, in my opinion, is exactly what I could have hoped for before I started!
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement at the ABI. I believe that it was a great experience for my first opportunity at long-term employment and I really enjoyed everything from the work that I was doing to spending time with my colleagues and also learning so much about what I may want to pursue career-wise in the future.
I had an absolutely fantastic year as a data and analytics assistant for the ABI. My team was good fun to work alongside and I had a fantastic manager who consistently ensured I was able to achieve my personal development objectives throughout the year. The job itself was stimulating - there was a good level of variety with numerical analysis, presenting to other data teams (if desired), communication with ABI members in events and discussions, and report writing on contemporary industry trends. The best selling point of the job was the fact that you could very easily go beyond the standard expected, and tackle objectives with a high degree of autonomy.
I enjoyed the internship immensely as each day I was able to learn something new in a positive and nurturing environment. Furthermore, the ABI employees were the best part of the organisation as they made the internship more enjoyable because I was comfortable asking questions and pushing myself beyond my comfort zone. The fact that I was given responsibility from the outset made the internship even more enthralling and exciting.
This internship was a great opportunity to learn more about the considerations and priorities of financial institutions in the City! Because there is a very small intake of interns and a relatively lengthy working period (6 weeks), I was given a great deal of responsibility, which I really valued. The people at the ABI were also very lovely - everyone was extremely friendly and willing to speak to me and help out where I needed it, and I found myself welcomed, and fitting in very easily.
I have really enjoyed my placement year at the Association of British Insurers and have learnt many new skills as well as built on those acquired at university. I have improved my independence greatly and feel far more confident and prepared to graduate than I did six months ago before I started my placement year. Beyond my role, I have met fantastic people across the organisation and learnt a lot about an industry that I previously knew nothing about.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working at the ABI and have learnt so much that will be incredibly useful for both the rest of my university course as well as in future employment. My placement sparked an interest in what potential career opportunities I would consider as the ABI really wants to help you develop as an individual. Couldn’t recommend it more!
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement at the Association of British Insurers (ABI) as I found it incredibly insightful working on the various reports, communicating with delegates and attending both internal and external meetings. I also appreciated the opportunities that were provided, including attending the various events that were held throughout the year.
I have really enjoyed this placement. I have got a lot of experience in politics and public affairs and have done a lot of interesting and varied work. It’s been a great opportunity to contextualise my degree and put the theory I have learnt into practice. Insurance is also a surprisingly interesting industry!