1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Very welcoming with lots of events to make interns feel welcome, and the job was highly interesting with varied work. The work I was given was extremely interesting and sufficiently challenging, and there were lots of events outside of the office to go to.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Was given real work that mattered to people, and a good variety. I was given exposure to lots of colleagues who gave me a lot of different work. For each piece it was explained to me what it would be used for and make me feel as though I was extremely valued. This made the internship more valuable as it felt as thought I was making a difference.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Lots of support, whenever I needed help everyone was happy to oblige. The training at the start of the internship was very helpful, and I used it all the way through the internship. Everyone was very helpful in the office, that meant that I was guided through difficult bits of work.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Given lots of work with a few lighter patches, but in general a good balance. When it was less busy we had projects to keep us busy like charity work and lots of training exercise, which helped in the few occasions that we didn't have work. In general I was given lots of work, which was interesting.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Given lots of work to do that was important to colleagues and for lots of different clients. I was responsible for a handful of projects that got checked by higher up people, but while i was doing the work I had a free rein. Giving me this responsibility made me feel more involved.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Very helpful skills for any future in the industry. Also people skills will help in whatever I decide to do. Both the training and pieces of work developed valuable industry specific skills that will help in the future, but most importantly the act of meeting people and working with new people will be useful in any industry.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. All people wanted to say hello and introduce themselves and made it a very pleasant atmosphere. There wasn't any culture of having to stay late for the sake of it if you didn't have any work and this relaxed culture was extremely enjoyable. The office was a very pleasant place.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
All of the training exercises were very helpful, and there were many of these we did over the first three weeks or so. We were given lots of work and this was all organised well. There could perhaps have been a few more difficult training exercises to mimic what real work would be like but in general it was very well organised.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
To a reasonable extent. We were given lots of useful training during the nine weeks, which helped develop our skills. Managing a charity project was something we did more independently, so there was a good mix of training and independent work which was extremely useful.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing. I enjoyed the work a lot and want to continue in the industry. I enjoyed the firm and the people were very nice and helpful. I would welcome the opportunity to continue work for the firm. I was very happy during the internship, and very much enjoyed the time. I hope to work for Aon in the future.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were lots of pub trips and parties. It was helped by the fact the internship was in the summer, but the social scene was probably the best part of the time there. All the interns were heavily involved in the social scene. The parties were particularly good, and the whole time was very enjoyable.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is very expensive obviously but the colleagues were insistent that the interns buy no drinks.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London nightlife was extremely good.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I had time to play sport and socialise on the side.