1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed the internship and it was really valuable experience for me. I learned a lot in a short period of time enabling me to be involved in a large range of different work. I was given a lot of responsibility and felt like part of the team for the time that I spent with Aon.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt that I was valued by my colleagues during my internship. I was given plenty of work to do and received a lot of positive feedback of the work that I completed. Some work I completed was passed to clients or put into presentations which helped me to make a contribution during the internship.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support I received was fantastic. The buddy system really helped me to learn and progress as I felt I could ask anything even if it seemed stupid at the time. If my buddy was too busy then I felt I could also speak to other people who were always happy to answer any questions I had and guide me on the best way to complete work I had been given.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Towards the beginning of the internship I was less busy, however as I learned more and became more experienced I was trusted with a large amount of work and was busy with work all the time. I felt this was good as it enabled me to experience what it would be like to work with the company in a permanent role.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I felt that during the internship I was given a large amount of responsibility. I was involved in a broad range of different activities allowing me to have exposure to many different aspects of the job. Work I completed was passed on to senior colleagues in the same way as a graduate in a similar role with the company and if it was good enough was passed to clients.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Already finished university when I completed the internship but the time spent working as part of the company allowed me to develop my skills in a different area to my degree studies. This helped me to understand the industry further whilst developing the key skills which will help me in future jobs.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office was fairly relaxed. I think that not being based in London meant that the office was a bit more laid back. I enjoyed this as it made it an easy environment to go into and easy to talk to people and ask questions when I needed to. Everyone in the office was very friendly and this made it an enjoyable place to work.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think overall the internship was organised well. Most of the training was given in the office after a brief session in the initial days. The training day helped to outline the role but in the office once I began working I was given a lot of guidance on the best way to complete different tasks and felt I could learn more quickly working like this. We all had to complete a CSR project which was organised well. This meant I met a lot of the other interns and worked closely with many in different offices. The team facilitator and other coordinators of the internship was always easy to contact if we had any problems which was always helpful.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
During the internship all of my colleagues were willing to spend time explaining to me how to do things I didn't know and this helped to contribute to my learning and development. I felt that towards the end of the internship I had learned many of the necessary skills to work full time as a graduate with the company. I was given exposure to many different clients and areas of work which gave me a broad understanding of the company and the industry and helped my development throughout the internship.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I think the employment prospects were good with the company. The internship felt like an extended interview towards moving into a graduate role. There was always mention of a potential role after finishing the internship without putting any pressure on to commit to this. The responsibility I was given helped me understand the graduate role better to give a true reflection of what working for the company would be like.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a good social scene amongst the interns when we spent time together in London for both the introductory days and the presentations. During the rest of the time the social scene seemed to be bigger in London than Bristol as there were more interns based there. However, I expected this and didn’t really see it as a problem. Within the office the social scene was good and my team had several events which I was involved in and enjoyed.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
During the internship I lived at home which meant that the cost of living was very low. I could commute to work relatively easily but this also meant I didn't spend much time in Bristol after work. I feel being based outside of London meant that I spent much less than others during the internship and could keep more of the money I was being paid.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?