Pensions actuarial 9 week intern, gaining an insight into the actuarial world of retirement and the following career progression
I really enjoyed my time with Aon. The work and the team was absolutely unparalleled and it has no doubt set me up for what I want to do next. The ONLY negative was being placed in an office with a 2 hour each way a commute daily, which was tough, especially seen as it wasn’t my first choice office, it was tough, but was also a new experience!
Everyone was extremely friendly. Every intern was incredibly easy to get along with, at the induction and events throughout I built some friendships that will no doubt last forever. The most striking thing for me was especially the behaviour of senior staff and how down to Earth and easy to talk to they all were. I don’t have a bad thing to say about anyone I have met during my time, everyone was really helpful and friendly!
I had a mentor, people surrounding that were always happy to help and also a manager that was always happy to go through any issues I had. There were also secretaries who were really useful for any help that was outside of the remit of the job! Also had a number of conversations with champions who gave me an insight into the business!
Never a dull moment, there was not one point during the internship where I didn’t have something to do, I did plenty of calculations but also started looking at valuation work and factor work, we also had a charity project which took up some time too, but overall there was no quiet time.
The job is very very technical and you are pretty much given free reign in the sense that you have to work out calculations yourself but everything works that senior staff will check your work so although I had responsibility any mistakes I did make would be found and rectified before sending out
The main thing I wanted to get out of this internship was an insight into the industry and this well and truly provided this, I wanted to understand these kind of services a lot better and it has really shown me how great of a company Aon is, will recommend to everyone
I really enjoyed the atmosphere, everyone was friendly and a fair amount of people my age who were really easy to get along with. Personally I would prefer to be surrounded by a larger team in a larger city. I feel as though where I was located would be better later in the career.
Amazingly organised. Gave me an amazing exposure to all the actuarial graduate level tasks and the corporate world in general. There were also really fun intern socials and a corporate social responsibility project that gave us pretty much free reign to work with an assigned charity, it helped our charity was really interesting and the founders were amazing!
I feel like during the internship your training comes from asking questions and online resources, the training tends to come a lot more at the grad level, but the structure of the corporation means there are plenty of people to ask questions to and pick peoples brains, I feel vastly more knowledgable about the industry and the work now.
I can’t wait to hopefully return to Aon and work with them once I have completed my studies, it is a well organised industry and you can see why people spend their whole careers at the business. They create an atmosphere that makes you feel that if you work hard your career progression is highly favourable.
Although the social scene was better in the London office, there were plenty of opportunities where I was, and there were also plenty of socials organised for all of the interns including an induction event with lots of meals and organised activities which helped break the ice with a lot of interns
The south is always slightly more expensive but fortunately whenever we went out with work the senior people tended to pick up the bill which was always nice, so I guess some stuff was cheap. Overall I think it is slightly expensive with travel and other included stuff which contributes to overall socialising costs.
I can’t claim that Farnborough is the cultural nightlife hub of the UK but as I had such a long commute I didn’t tend to stick about much for the night life, went out in London a few times however and this is always fun, but that was only when visiting the London office.
A couple of organised socials including wake boarding and the races as well as sport every Monday, even just going out to the movies of drinks with colleagues, plenty of stuff going on very much down to the kind of person employed, very like-minded which makes it easy to go out and do stuff.