1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The internship was very well structured and well thought out. My work was varied, which I enjoyed and meant I definitely enjoyed it. Having a lot of other interns on the programme in the London office meant there was a great atmosphere between everyone and Aon organised lots of social events.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My team was incredibly welcoming when I arrived, and various people invited me to come and sit on their meetings. I contributed to meetings and various colleagues commented that they appreciated my opinion and would act on it, meaning that my opinion was valued. I was even included on a team training day, making me feel included and valued.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I feel that all my goal setting was done on my own, and at times it was tricky to speak to my manager and buddy. My manager was based at a different office most of the time and my buddy in a slightly different team so occasionally I found it hard to reach out to them.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
At the beginning of the internship I was less busy, and did more shadowing type tasks. As the internship progressed and I was given more responsibility, I definitely was busier!
I ensured I put myself forward for tasks so that my workload increased. I enjoyed the workload although at times it was stressful if external deadlines had to be met!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a good level of responsibility. Nearly all the work I was doing went into business proposals and high level work, which was great as I felt I was having a good impact.
Considering the sector I felt I had a significant amount of responsibility, and I appreciated that hugely!
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I believe some of the skills I developed will assist me in future roles, but not my degree studies.
The training I received was very limited in terms of on the job training. I hope that if I were lucky enough to join the company as a graduate there would be a lot more job specific training.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Great general atmosphere.
In my first few weeks people would approach me and introduce themselves, and I would frequently do the same to others. I felt the office environment was welcoming and on my first day I was taken for lunch by one of the grads. I felt very welcome.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Well organised induction, great social events in the first week.
I think going forward it would have been great to have more London wide social events later on in the internship. The CSR project was well organised and the closing day was great. The aon team are excellent at designing the internship!
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I felt that the firm did to an extent invest in us, however some of the learning sessions I did not feel were productive , such as the lunch and learn. Having attended every session, some of the sessions need to be redesigned to fit the target audience. For example the insurance talk was incredibly advanced for those with no experience in insurance, and I came away rather confused!
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Lots of exciting prospects at aon. The side of the business that i worked on was growing, which excited me greatly.
The graduate programme at aon seems fantastic, and everything that I’ve heard having spoken to the graduates sounds positive. The way you are lead through financial qualifications also seems great.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Definitely! The induction week was very well organised and provided opportunities to get to know interns around the country.
My team took me on a team lunch which was lovely and from then on I was included in team activities including an away day doing team building activities- I am so grateful for how included I felt.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
High- central London is expensive and the staff canteen was also expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Good- good quality of pubs and restaurants! As an intern we did some activities outside
Of the area we worked in in places like shore ditch.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I believe there are many opportunities like football clubs, netball clubs etc when you join the company full time, however I think on the internship it was too short of a period to get involved.
I believe there are also frequent charity opportunities to get involved in, but again the same applies as above.