Applied for Insurance, Reinsurance and Risk management. Was offered the summer internship within Aon Risk Soltuions in Energy and Marine.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Placed in Aon Risk Solutiopns Energy and marine, I was introduced to a new team each week of my 9 week internship which allowed me to see a wide range of work that is undertaken within this area. The hours were 9-5:30 which was great, and there were lots of social events both with other interns and colleagues throughtout the internship.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was given some resposibility to carry out my own work of which was valued by my teams, however as I moved a lot between teamns it was difficult to get overly involved so I did not feel valued all the time. Everyone was very friendly though and were keen to show me the kind of things I'df be doing if offered a Graduate role.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Due to moving round numerous teams, I was not in regular contact with my Line Manager. However other team leaderas were always keen to make sure I had work to do and had got what I needed from being placed with their team for that week. They were always happy to answer and explain any questions I had about Aon, the industry or specific work.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Some weeks varied from others, but I did find myself with a lot of extra time to fill. When I aksed for work people spared time to sit with me, but due to the type of work and me moving every week, it was hard to get invovled in any projects. I spent a lot of time on the Corporate Social Responsibility project with the other interns; which proved to be a great success for our chosen charity.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was not given anby real projects to work on. Only a few times I created my own work that was of use to different teams. However I still learnt what areas of Energy and Marine I would like to be in and those which I did not enjoy - whcih is really valuable to me.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Having never worked in an office or in London, this experience has been incredibly valuable to knowing what kind of role/job I would like to havew in the future. Gaining skills of building relationships, working in teams and presenting in a corporate environment will be very transferrable skills. I have one year left at University, and I now understand more what the London insurance industry is about, and am more confident with this type of environment which is beneficial for my future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone in the office was friendly and interested in including me in different tasks within their teams where possible. The office felt relaxed and was set out as hot desking - you can choose to sit anywhere every day despite being in different teams. This facilitated the ease of building new relationships and meeting different members at different levels of authority within the area of business.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I thought there would be more structure to the internship, yet it was difficult as due to the size of the company, every intern was in a different department learning different things. The Corporate Social Responsibility project was well streuctured and very rewarding knowing we carried out valuable work for Earthworks; a humble charity in St. Albans.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was only here for 2 months so just had to do the induction trainings including - Anti money laundering, Inclusion and Diversity, Sanctions and Company checks etc. If offered the Graduate scheme I would be offered opportunities to do different qualifications depending on the type of role I wanted to pursue.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Interns had a group chat and all attended weekly lunch and learns so it was very social. On our presentation day at the end of the internship everyone came from the various regional offices and we enjoyed a night out in London. Within the workplace, colleagues often went for social lunches and evening drinks, taking me with them to some.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home over the internship and didn't spend excessive amounts on food and drinks. Howver, it would be eays to spend lots of money if having to live oin London at the time - or if going out a lot/ buying food as most lunches cost £5-£6 each day which some interns had to do. However, as an intern you were treated to company lunches with clients/ for some social events which was great.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?