1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Really enjoyed my time working there and hope to return when I have finished with my studies. The work was interesting, I believe that the staff that worked there were very helpful and welcoming. I believe that Aon is a very good place to work and would recommend this internship to others.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The colleagues made me feel very welcome within the company, they were very friendly and did go out of their way to welcome me into the team and give me work which I could engage with. Even the senior members of staff value the opinions and time of interns, which is refreshing.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Completely supported throughout the entire internship scheme by the supervisor. The manager is more their to look over a group of interns, so you do not develop as personal as a relationship with them. With that being said, they are always available to give guidance. However you are given a 'buddy who along with the other more junior members of staff, gives you so much support.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
This completely varies depending on the attitude of the intern and indeed on the department they are working in. If you are always eager to take on new work and looking for a challenge then their is scope to be very busy every day. Also, as the internship continues, you become busier.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
This completely varies depending on which department on is based in. You are mainly undertaking the same work as the graduates and junior workers, so from this perspective you can say that you are given a great deal of responsibility. However, you have to do a variety of tasks. involving some high level responsibility and some less so.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I believe that this internship has taught me so much about the industry and the type of work done by both organisations such as Aon and other actors within the market. The experience gained from this internship will help me going into my final years of studying and I expect that this ground of knowledge will help me going forward into work also.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
This completely depends on which office within the company you are working at and the department you are working in. The culture and nature of the team varies so much fro department to department. My particular department was very young and a great environment to work in.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Their were no formal, rigid programs or tasks regarding the work itself. However the CSR project is something that interns each year undertake and that is very well organised. This includes a welcoming day, a buddy who helps oversee the activities of the CSR group and a formal presentation of the groups work.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm put in a lot of effort into training up the interns and trying to teach them all of the skills they need to become graduate workers after they finish their course at university. They also go out of their way to make you understand more about all parts of the organisation and arrange talks with representatives from these different parts so that you can have a broad knowledge about the entire company, should you want to move departments
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Many people from the internship, I believe, were offered jobs with the company after their final year of studies so i would say that the future employment prospects with the organisation are very good indeed. It also seems like a great graduate job to have and through the internship you can find out much more about these prospects and understand if it is the sort of place you would like to accept an offer for
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a great social scene among both the workers and the interns. After work most nightss there would be an informal gathering of people at the pub or another location. This made the welcoming process much easier and was especially goo for those interns that doe not live in the city in which they are undertaking the internship like myself.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It was very expensive to live in the are I worked as the office of Aon is in central London. Also it was incredibly expensive to socialise and get a drink after work. However the company do put on some events to aid the socialising and provide some free drinks and free social events in the offices fairly often, which is great.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nighlife was great, they are so many clubs and pubs in london and especially in this area central to the office. However, it would be very expensive to participate in this night life too much, However over all compared to other areas i have lived and worked i would say that the nighlife in this area is great.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There are loads of opportunities to get involved in activites out side of the office and these opportunities include things like the sports teams, networking events and many more informal events too. Mianly these event are wrote in emails to all staff including inteerns making it very easy if you want to participate in them.