1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was the exactly the experience of the industry I wanted to gain, and I thouroughly enjoyed learning about what Aon has to offer and contributing myself.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I got on with the whole team and would go as far as to say it's what made the internship enjoyable. The longer it went on the more responsibility I was given
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
They were always there if I had a question and I was given feedback repeatedly. Fortunately I also had a buddy, so I did not have to come to my supervisor for support very often
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It varied between having a perfect balance or not enough, fortunately i wouldn't say it was ever too much work. Having the CSR project meant I had something to do to when the office wasn't busy
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As said before, I was given more responsibility the longer the internship went on. I enjoyed talking with fund managers regularly and being left to organise tasks such as two major transitions. Due to the regulated environment, much of the work I did was checked over by others, but this was for all the right reasons.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The internship was incredibly relevent to my degree and gives me a greater understanding of the largest sector in the macro-economy. Knowledge learnt has given me a lot of food for thought for my disertation.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very relaxed, with people making jokes and plenty of discussions on sport. It was a highly enjoyable working environment which worked efficiently also when necessary.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There was constant guidance from the graduates team, as well as many oppertunities laid on for us. We were able to attend training and have weekly learning sessions at lunch. At the induction I felt like a guest of honour
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Many people from my team and outside invested their time to making sure I understood the industry and chose to delegate work to me when it probably would've been quicker to do it themselves than explain on occasions. The firm as a whole I feel has tried hard to make sure I develop the right skills and its the attention to developing staff which really attracts me to Aon in the long run.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Whether I have a job remains to be seen, but the grad scheme looks like a great oppertunity and I would like to be a part of this company in the years to come. The help you get such as time off to study make it an appealing pathway
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I got on well with the other interns in my office, but due to the fact of their only being 4 of us their wasn't much scope for a social scene outside the office. When meeting up with the main cohort as special days these oppertunities were much more apparent
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I didn't really do either in the area I worked in, but the commute was a little bit pricey. The main social activities I did with my other interns was getting lunch, which was always quite cheap and an enjoyabl break
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?