I worked as an Investment Analyst for a short period of 9 weeks. The role was similar to that of a newly qualified graduate.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement. The team were incredibly friendly and could not have been more helpful in looking to help me settle in. I was provided with a continual stream of varied work and given the opportunity to gain an insight into some of the more technical aspects of the business. It sounds ridiculous but I actually enjoyed going to work - what more can I say!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The work passed on by colleagues at times seemed fairly simple and straightforward but when you get to see the work you have produced being used in client meetings you realise how essential it is. I felt valued because my work would be directly used and hence there was an element of trust involved.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Aon use a buddy system whereby you are partnered with someone slightly more senior to you and this mentor helps you through the process. The team were always willing to take time to show me how to do something even if it may have been quicker to just do it themselves - it felt like they were really interested and investing in my development.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It varied day to day, which is fairly obvious. My first day was the one immediately following Brexit and hence the financial world was in shock - creating plenty of work to keep me occupied. Some days were not as busy, and the team were flexible and groups would often go out for a run during lunch if the workload permitted which was always a nice team bonding exercise.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As I imagine is the procedure in most professional services, all work that is done has to be checked. Due to this, anyone providing work has a second chance to review if it's not up to scratch and hence the responsibility is slightly diminished. However, all members of the team were willing to pass on work which I felt showed a sense of trust and responsibility towards me.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills of presenting in a professional manner will stay with me forever. The knowledge of how to act in an office environment will stand me in good stead wherever I go and the technical training has allowed me to develop my personal interests and understanding as well as providing a grounding for future financial roles.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was fantastic. All members of the team got on really well, there were lots of lunches out to welcome people and in general it was a really friendly atmosphere. On numerous occasions we would spend lunch playing football or going for a run which only added to the positivity felt. It was serious when it needed to be but I feel that the happier an environment is, the more productive it is.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Extremely well organised - the buddy set up allowed me to settle in quickly and there were always numerous people on hand to help. I was given a set of targets to achieve during my time which gave me focus. Evidently, everything runs much smoother if its well organised and this was certainly the case.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would love to go back to work there and am very hopeful of receiving a future job offer. Having taken up several part time roles since, I have not enjoyed them anywhere near as much and hence my desire to return has only grown. The graduate package is also renowned, everything points to a return.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I was the only intern in the Leeds office so the social scene amongst fellow placement students was limited. However I would often go out with work colleagues in the evening to wind down and get to know each other a bit better. I had a few trips down to London to meet other interns and they were always followed by a social gathering.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
In Leeds in was very reasonable - I'd been a student there at university so perhaps knew a few places that were cheaper than others. Overall, compared to London it is very reasonable and seems to have all the makings of a fantastic city. I'm sure it will continue to thrive and develop and it will be interesting to see if prices do the same.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Once again, as I was a student there - the nightlife was fantastic.
Leeds is famed for being a good night out and I can assure you it does not disappoint. There's a great variety on offer and something to appease and please every taste. From great bars to independent clubs, its amazing.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?