Investment Consultancy Intern at Aon

Internship (1-4 Months)
St Albans South East
Review Date
£20,000 - £21,999
Banking - Investment Banking - Investment


The Role



The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

Learned quite a few soft-skills. Aon have clearly invested in the grad scheme. It was also a flexible working environment - come and go as you please, and colleagues were happy to have lunch with you (even as a lowly intern!). However, I did not enjoy the travel and would recommend choosing an internship near where you are staying!


2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

A few treated me with disdain and were unwilling even to talk with me. These were mainly 27-28 year old analysts who probably didn't think I would help their career. Senior people were surprisingly open and willing to give work to you, or at least MORE willing to talk to you on a human level. Fellow interns were surprisingly interesting - clearly the selection process had wheedled out people just looking for a career.


3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

I had a continuously rolling list of questions. My buddy was great at answering them! My manager could have given me more feedback - I had to ask a lot - and I did not feel I had a relationship with him whatsoever. However, I think it obvious how you are performing over 9 weeks and over the one session we did have there was not much to report.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Some days I had next to nothing to do but this lead me to do a "better job" on the one task I might have had. It was useful to have a corporate social responsibility project on these days so as to have "something to do". However, on other days I felt like I was in a "proper job", with consultants sending me fairly "urgent" things to do and even leaving me a list of things whilst they were on holiday,


5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

A fair bit. Even though I was given "easy" tasks, I still felt they needed to be done for the client. These were mainly numerically based though - you were either right or wrong - and I would have liked more tasks with scope for using your brain. When these did come they were fairly interesting and Aon should trust interns with more to make them commit to the company!


6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

100% skills learned here - calls, emails, etc - I will be able to use going forward. I came from a non-economics background and it will be really helpful to have that sort of background going into the working world, even if this is not the right job for me. However, I think the time management/working environment aspect of the job will be helpful going forward.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Always genial with banter, but I always felt the conversation was rather "corporate" - stopping real relationships forming. There was little cross office contact which would have been nice. Everyone was very supportive - cards were sent out for birthdays etc, but I get the sense that if i had to rely on anyone for a personal crisis I would have to look elsewhere.


8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

Fairly... I think more progress meetings/objective driven goals would have been helpful, however there were lunch and learns/ updates to let you know where you should be in the development timeline. It had to interview 6 times, so a timeline would have been nice. Similarly I am unsure how/when I will be offered a placement with the company.


9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

Lots of money was spent on me and although quality varied I was very happy with the opportunities. Lots of courses were available on Aon university - which I recommend you take advantage of. I probably spent about 1/4 of my time in a meeting or training of some sort, which was the best bit of the internship.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Company Car
  • Subsidised/Company Gym
  • National Travel
  • International Travel
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop
  • Above 25 days holiday
  • Working from home
  • Healthcare from home
  • Healthcare/Dental
  • Travel loan

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

No idea at the moment.



12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

Not in my office - where there were only 4 interns. I heard it was better in London though. I found most interns had another side to them outside of the workplace, but internally ambition was minimal and most people were just doing a get in and get out job.


13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Train fairs to St Albans are ridiculous, and a LARGE proportion of my wages went on them. I normally got a morrisons meal deal, which was exceptionally good value, which "made up for it". There were plenty of pubs/ restaurants if you wanted to eat out, but St Albans as a location was fairly bland and I would not have wanted to spend time there...


14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

I lived at home. St Albans is fairly lifeless as a town though and unless you have kids/ a family I would not want to live here.


15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Quite a few. You could go drinking with colleagues, play football every Tuesday. I was invited to a cricket match or I could volunteer at a local charity. I would say that the "corporate" way everyone went about things stopped me from participating fully in things as I did not feel i had any "friends" in the work place. But what can I expect after 9 weeks...