1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Aon, the insight it provided me I feel will be invaluable moving forward in my career. The opportunity to work in the Cheesegrater - London was fantastic as it gave the opportunity to meet a lot of senior colleagues and network more efficiently. On the whole it was a great nine weeks.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues were fantastic making me feel at home from the first day were they took all the interns in the department out for Pizza express. The grads would also always buy interns drinks and generally make them feel comfortable and valued. On the whole I felt treated as an equal not just some lowly intern which made the whole process much more enjoyable.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had regular meetings with my manager to assess my progress and to give me new targets for the duration of my internship. My supervisors were for the most part incredibly patient and understanding when it came to explaining all things relevant to the job I was undertaking. Sometimes during busy periods it was hard to get somebody's attention for help but other than that the support was great.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I sometimes felt that workload could be quite swingy with some days being hectic and inducing me to work overtime to get things done, while other times I wasn't able to do a lot of work outside my CSR project. However I feel that a large part of this is due to the nature of the job and not in any way the company's fault.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The fact that interns work is used by the company reflects the responsibility placed. So I feel that perhaps our responsibility as doers wasn't too dissimilar to that a graduate would have. I was pleased with the fact our work was used by the company and that due to the doer checker system we could get instant feedback on how we'd done.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I learnt a great deal about finance during the 9 weeks I worked in London, this unique insight will be invaluable when it comes to applying for similar jobs. I also became a lot more proficient in using Excel for large spreadsheets, something I feel will be useful throughout a large majority of financial work.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere in the office was fantastic with the graduates really making people feel at home. The office also hosted mini quizzes on a Friday and had two five a side football teams open to all. Also whenever somebody went on holiday they would bring back some treats and put them in their relevant department which contributed to the family feel.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The organisation was great with all aspects of the internship running really smoothly and Aon were always very flexible at providing travel expenses. Every event or meeting I attended ran very smoothly and it was clear from the professionalism of all involved how seriously everyone takes their jobs at Aon.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company develops young people incredibly well offering great opportunities such as the graduate program and within that the scope to take study days during work to study for professional qualifications. It was always impressed upon us the sincerity Aon had when it came to providing a good environment to grow talent.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing due to the nature of how Aon develops and grows talent. Another key factor is that Aon are the market leaders in what they do and working for a company that has a reputation for excellence would be brilliant. Aon also has a highly competitive pay scale that makes employment very appealing.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The social scene was great with frequent pub trips after work and the opportunity to attend company events such as the summer ball. The fact that graduates would kindly buy you drinks made going out after work a really enjoyable event. Sadly due to commuting I wasn't able to go out too much however whenever I did I had a great time.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife was great with frequent pub trips after work and the opportunity to attend company events such as the summer ball. The fact that graduates would kindly buy you drinks made going out after work a really enjoyable event. London clubbing is also incredible so providing you have somewhere to stay I would highly recommend it.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?