1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I had a really great experience on the Aon internship within the Risk, Reinsurance and Insurance stream. The HR team set us up with a great induction period where we got to know the other interns and were given more of an insight into the industry as a whole. The team in which I was placed was very welcoming and the atmosphere with them relaxed and friendly as I rotated through the different sub-teams.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Having entered at a busy period for my team, I initally struggled a bit with being introduced to my colleagues properly but after the first week I was welcomed nicely and felt like I was being treated with respect.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My line manager wasn't overly involved with my day-to-day activitites, however, it was clear he was maintaining an eye on my overall development during the time I was there. My buddy was fantastic at keeping in touch and helping me settle in.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Depending on the sub-team I'd be sitting with for the week it could vary quite a bit but for the most part I was kept quite busy, especially compared to some of the other interns it seems. I was given research projects to work on in my spare time but also in some cases, tasks that the team required in their daily work. Some sub-teams made sure to keep me invited to team and client meetings and to shadow work all the time. I could also work on the intern project in down time.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Given the nature of being rotated around sub-teams, I was only given 'real' responsibility on occasion, for example, writing a client report and giving a presentation. I was often kept preoccupied with research projects and with shadowing.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I've definitley learned what type of work environment I can do well in and this will help me get a better idea of what I want to do with my career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I enjoyed the wider atmosphere at Aon and also within my team. People were very welcoming and seemed to want to engage with interns. Whilst colleagues were ambitious and succesful, there wasn't a work = life mentality.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My internship was well organised with my overall line manager scheduling rotations with sub-teams for the period I'd be there. HR also offered a structured programme with their induction and training.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We had a good induction period which included training about the industry. The intern project gave us an opportunity to develop our skills, although outside of this, there weren't training courses or seminars or networking events for personal and professional development, like on other internships.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Overall, I enjoyed my experience with the company and would consider going back there. The overall atmosphere at the company gave me the impression that I would fit in well there and could do well professionally.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a good social scene amongst the interns. We were all given the opportunity to get to know each other during the induction period and after that, often organised between ourselves.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Living and socialising was very expensive in London but that's due to the nature of the city. Social events in particular could end up being quite expensive because of London prices.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in the area was good but could be quite expensive.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The interns generally organised amongst themselves for activities outside of work.