1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement at Aon. The internship scheme was very inclusize, especially considering I didnt have any background or knowledge of the industry prior to starting the internship.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt extremely valued by my team, and even those I worked with outside of my team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was very supportive and understanding throughout my internship. She appreciated I was new to the industry and tailored my work approriately, but also challenged me throughout my internship. I always felt I could go to her with any questions regarding my work and she always gave me the time I needed to understand the tasks set out for me.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My work load varied dramatically throughout the internship, which would be my only criticism. Some days I had plenty of work to get me through the day, however, other days I would struggle to fill the days which would lead me to be quite bored at times.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I, unlike other interns within the company, was given a task which relied on me contacting other area's of the company, and was having a real influence on the running of the company. I, therefore, was given a fair amount of responsiblity during my internship, but nothing overwhelming.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Having already completed my degree, I found myself expanding on the skill's I developed during my studies. I learnt a huge amount throughout my internship, and used my previous knowledge to tackle task's in my new environment.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmoshpere in my office was a friendly and welcoming one. Although there were a lot of people within the office, my immediate colleagues were very friendly, and always took the chance to introduce me to those I hadnt met yet within the office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was extremely well set up, Aon really knew what they were doing when it came to our induction, all the way through to our final end of internship celebrations. They ensured we all stayed in touch throughout, even when we worked at entirely different branches of the company.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company allowed me to access all the personal training and development area's of the company, even though I was only employed on a temporary basis. They also set up several 'Lunch & Learn' sessions, occuring on a weekly basis, to allow us to learn more about the company itself, as well as ways to manage our own finances and pension's etc.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future employment prospects are extremely appealin, along with the wide range of possible careers present within the same company.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
The intern's within the company remained in contact throughout the placement. Not only were we forced to stay in contact through a 'Coroporate social responsibility' task given to us to complete throughout, but externally we were extremely social with one another.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living and socialising is exspensive. We were paid a competetive salary for the location of the placement and the hours we worked, however, the area is one of the most exspensive in the country.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The night life in the surrounding area is amongst some of the best in the country, however, the price does reflect that in most places.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were opportunitie's, but these were focused more on those who where permanent employee's of Aon, rather than interns on a temporary basis.