1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my time at Aon. The team were fantastic with me and I felt like part of the team from day one. The work itself was exciting and I learned a lot from the tasks that I worked on. From a few months in, I was trusted to complete important tasks alone which was a great feeling.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I certainly felt valued by my colleagues - the team were fantastic and treated me well from the very start. Certain members of the team trained me on client work and the various operational aspects of the job, and then trusted me to complete tasks. After 5 or 6 months, I was comfortable with whatever I was being asked to complete.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support from the managers that I had in my time at Aon was perfect, and they really helped with any questions or issues that I had at the time. There was no pressure placed on me as a placement student, and a big emphasis on making sure that I was coping well and enjoying myself.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
At the start of the placement, I did have a lot of spare time as it is difficult to pick up complex work before being educated about the client, the business and the process. However, after a few months of training, work picked up and I was rarely without a job to complete.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a large amount of responsibility during my placement, taking the lead on many team compliance tasks and undertaking many of the routine jobs on my clients. It was nice knowing that the team trusted me to complete these tasks without any issues, and even better when I received good feedback for my work.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills that I developed on my placement will certainly assist my studies and future career. I further developed my leadership abilities while also experiencing and thriving in a professional environment for the very first time. Time management skills will hopefully aid me in my final year of studies while the experience will certainly stand me in good stead after University is over.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office was very relaxed, with a dress-down day taking place on Fridays. The team were very comfortable with one another, and everyone was very friendly. Chats were frequent and it didn't feel like there was any pressure to spend all day rushing through work, providing that you completed your hours!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was really well-organised, with Aon putting all interns and placement students together for three days at the Chelmsford office to socialise and network with one another. The CSR projects that we subsequently worked on together was a great chance to lead a charity project and work with colleagues of a similar age and in a similar situation.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future employment prospects with Aon are certainly very appealing given that I have already spent a year at the company and I am familiar with the team, internal processes and standard of work that is expected. I enjoyed my work there and would be more than happy to return after University.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
It was difficult for placement students to socialise given that we were spread all over the country, however the social scene within the Birmingham office was brilliant and there were often Friday drinks, team social events or office celebrations that were great fun. The teams were friendly with one another and the atmosphere on socials was brilliant.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living in central Birmingham was quite expensive for me, but that was mainly due to having a one-bed apartment in the city centre. In terms of weekly expenses on food or socialising, it was pretty standard and a lot cheaper than I was used to at University in the south!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?