Worked within Aon Hewitt's Fiduciary Management arm, mostly within the Sales department.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The summer internship was good. I was placed in the best division I could have asked for. The people who worked there were great and always had time for me. Exposure to senior people was good too. An OK social side, not as many drinks or nights out as I'd have liked but I got involved with the 5 a side football team which was fun. Felt that more could be done from a HR point of view in intern specific events, both social and work related.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Felt really valued, felt like I was given important and meaningful work to complete for senior people within the division. Invited to attend important meetings and by the end of the internship I was running point on projects.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I felt the support given by my direct line manager was poor, he didn't seem to know how to approach myself. However, the support and guidance offered by other members of staff was very good, and time was always made for me.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This fluctuated, I wasn't too busy in the first couple of weeks but at various points I was close to being overwhelmed (in a good way!). Lots of work was what I wanted in this placement and that's what I got, after being fairly proactive about this.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Towards the end of the placement I was given more and more responsibility, running point on a sales pitch for a scheme's business among other things.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I did learn a lot about investments and the fiduciary management world as a whole, but my degree is totally unrelated. My soft skills slightly improved too. However I mostly developed in the contacts and network that I have now established.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
General atmosphere was very relaxed, if anything far too chilled. I would have liked a more dynamic, energetic working environment to be honest. Always sweet treats knocking about however.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Organisation was ok. Didn't hear from HR until a couple of weeks before the placement was about to start which was disappointing, would have liked to be kept updated after my offer (from February). HR also failed to keep in touch throughout the placement which was disappointing. Organisation of the CSR project was ok and organisation for myself within my division was good.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Not much, one poor HR run training day and that was it. If I did have questions there was always someone on hand to give me their time and expertees but nothing more on the training and development front.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
They've offered me a role which I've accepted, but I'm not excited per say to join the firm. Am more tempted to travel for a year and push the offer for another year.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Nope, no interns stayed in touch with each other throughout the process. Was only one interns drinks, right at the end of the placement, by which point we'd all forgotten who each other were.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Really expensive, commuting to London from Surrey cost about £400 for 9 weeks. On top of that drinks and lunches in London obviously weren't cheap too.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Nightlife in London is obviously good but wasn't really explored with work.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I got myself involved with the 5 a side football, but this was something that I really had to push for myself. Wasn't presented to me.