Working in the client facing team where I assisted with different client work. To ensure that pension schemes assets are following objectives of the trustees.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my time at AON for numerous reasons. The process was well planned and rewarding for the interns - I felt as though I learnt a lot during my time as my colleagues were extremely supportive and answered any questions I had. I thoroughly enjoyed the CSR project, which was a 7 week project in which we raised money for a certain charity. We got to work with other interns from various offices and from other business streams so it was a really good way to learn about everything that Aon offers its clients.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was based in the St Albans office, where I was working alongside recent graduates, senior consultants and even a partner of the firm. I was welcomed by everyone in my team and throughout the whole office. My team ensured I had interesting work to do and always explained everything thoroughly (even when asking more than once).
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had regular meetings with my manager, in which we spoke about what I was enjoying about the scheme, the different sorts of work I enjoyed and how I could improve. My manager was very thorough, I suggested having more contact with the senior consultants and he implemented it straight away, He arranged a meeting with one of the senior consultants in the team so I could get to know more about what they did day-to-day.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
At times when work could be delegated to me I was very busy and during parts of the CSR project I had a lot of things to do. However sometimes I did have days where I didn't have much work to do, however this was because an analyst couldn't delegate the work to me for certain reasons which was completely understandable.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given responsibility from the start. With the CSR project, on the second day of induction we met with the charity representative. We arranged various different charity events for the public and Aon employees.
In terms of client work, I was drafting reports, market updates and presentations that would actually be given to clients.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I definitely increased my investment knowledge over the 9 weeks, the weekly market updates and on the job learning were fantastic and really broadened my knowledge. I got to attend various fund manager presentations, in which companies such as JP Morgan, UBS etc would come into our office to present a new fund they were offering. This was a great way to meet people from the asset management industry and learn about investment. I learnt various soft skills which were really useful.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very friendly and there was always cake!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very organised, the induction was a good way to meet all the other interns and a very good introduction into the firm. The only thing I would say could be improved is the investment training on the third day, which was quite dull as we were in a room all day.
The CSR project was a particular highlight of the internship for me, I had a great team and we all got along really well together. The whole CSR project was organised really well as we had key deadlines and then the rest was left to us. I would also create an incentive to do well for the CSR project as I know other groups on my internship didn't really do that well (maybe they were unlucky!).
The only thing I would say to add to the internship, would be to create more events where all the interns and maybe the recent graduates could meet up or do business activities
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was given a Buddy, who was a recent graduate who also did the internship programme then progressed onto the graduate scheme. He was great, I literally asked him anything and he was happy to answer. Whether that be a technical question, about the firm, about the CSR project etc. Also the other analysts in my team also taught me loads of investment principles and also everyone in my team tried to give me varied work so I would decide what I liked and disliked for myself and also to broaden my education.
I was always given areas I needed to improve upon at every meeting, even if it was the smallest thing. This was good as I always had a goal to work towards.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I was offered the graduate scheme and I have accepted. Very excited to start next September.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I didn't live in St Albans
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I didn't live in St Albans
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?