1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Was really enjoyable. I was very lucky in that I got on really well with my team and the other interns. The social side was also good with the other interns. There was also great opportunities to play sport.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
It's to be expected that the work you do as an intern isn't as valuable or technical as others, as you have to gain experience to do work that is complex. However, I was involved in projects and work which was used for clients with increasing frequency over time.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
As I got on so well with my team, I was never afraid to ask for help. Asking questions was encouraged and I felt as though everyone would give the time to answer any questions.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
As there were other newish team members, workload was lower than it could have been. I would have enjoyed a bit more work as there were times where I found myself with nothing to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given the responsibility that I would have expected as an intern. As Aon (Hewitt) is such a large company with defined roles, this would largely dictate the level of responsibility. The CSR Project, however, was a good source of responsibility with a charity client.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
It was nice to apply elements of financial maths. I have also learned a lot about the work area, which has helped inform me of what I want to do. It is also a great start to a career and qualifications. Learning from a wide number of people helped me absorb a lot.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There was a very good balance between work and fun. Everyone understood when work would need to be done, however there was also time to play sports and go to social events. I think the work-life balance was good.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The overall internship was well arranged and communication was effective. However, I would have sometimes liked to have been more busy.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company is very good with study, especially with graduates. The company did invest a lot of time in training interns, which was appreciated.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Doing the CFA qualification, Aon Hewitt are great with study days. Location would play a big role in any choice. Also, graduate pay is slightly lower than competitors for the industry I would like to work in.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Working outside of London made this more difficult, but the social scene was good in London. As there were only 3 interns where I was, this was more difficult.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Lived at home. London is expensive relatively.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Not the best.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were loads of sports and other activities including socials. There was also opportunities to go to other offices, which was interesting.