1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Overall I really enjoyed the internship, mainly because my colleagues were friendly. I think the timing of the internship meant that there were plenty of opportunities to network and socialize. I also thought that it gave me a good and accurate insight into what a full time job at Aon would be like.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I appreciated the fact that the team all took time to explain concepts to me or answer any questions I had. I think it would have been beneficial if they were slightly more prepared for my arrival by thinking of work, of an appropriate technical level, that they could delegate to me.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I thought that the formal system in place with a manager and buddy was very useful in knowing who to talk to if you had any issues. But I also felt comfortable to ask any questions that I had to colleagues in my team as they were all very approachable.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It varied. To begin with, workflow was very light and I constantly had to ask to be given work because I don't think my colleagues had prepared anything to set me. However I thought this was good as it gave me a chance to learn and read a bit before I got busier.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I think the responsibility I was given increased a bit by the end of the internship which is right because to begin with I didn't have a very deep understanding of the industry and the work that my team did. I think this could have been facilitated with a bit more technical training during the internship induction.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think I learnt a lot about the industry and picked up some useful skills such as making charts on excel and editing on power point. I also think learning to work within a team spread over different UK offices through the CSR project was a valuable experience and really helped develop my teamwork and communication skills.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was quite professional for example even in the heat there was a very limited dress down policy. However, this was understandable as the office I was working was the global hq. I also liked the open plan space as it makes colleagues seem more approachable and facilitates communication between teams.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Overall it was good and there was quite a clear structure with the induction at the start and the CSR presentation day toward the end of the internship. However, the organisation regarding receiving offers isn't up to scratch as interns are given a vague period of 3 weeks in which we will find out our final offer status. This is quite inconvenient for many interns as many have holidays and other plans immediately after the internship which make it more difficult to receive calls.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I think the main training for interns was the weekly lunch and learns which I don't think were particularly helpful. For example the ones on a particular part of a business were not aimed at a specific group and as a result some were hard to follow where as others just contained repeated information. I think more technical training aimed at specific internship streams would have been more useful.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I think the main draw of the graduate role with Aon is the level of training and support they give you in terms of preparing for professional qualifications, through study days and materials. I also think that the organisation promotes a healthy work life balance for employees which is very attractive.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a very good social aspect to the internship with weekly drinks organised by the interns. I think this was facilitated by the fact that we got to know other interns through the CSR project. It was also helpful that the internship took place in the summer as it meant that offices in Aon had also organised summer parties and socials.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was in London so obviously drinks, rent and eating out is very expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London has so many options so I can't really complain there.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I was aware of certain sporting events such as football and netball tournaments for Aon colleagues across the UK but engagement greatly varied between teams. I think activities like these are great but were very poorly advertised. The volunteering day was a good experience as it allowed me to get to know colleagues in an informal environment.