Monitoring and reporting for defined benefit pension schemes.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my internship. The people were really nice and helpful and I got to experience a wide range of different aspects of the job. Aon are very good at making sure you meet lots of people from day 1 - the induction days were a lot of fun and the CSR project throughout was great as you could keep in touch with the people you met at the training. Working in a regional office this was very important to me.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone I have worked with so far have been good at acknowledging my work when submitting to more senior colleagues.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Manager was good at regularly checking in with me. My buddy and the other graduates very supportive and made sure I had everything I needed.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The first half of the internship I was too quiet for my liking and this made me unsure of the job to begin with. In the second half I was a lot busier and so it was more enjoyable. I would recommend managers taking time to plan out what work the interns should do in the first few weeks.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Lots of responsibility - a good amount of my time was spent working on papers that would be sent out to clients and discussed at client meetings. Senior staff would make corrections and suggestions but largely it was my work that was sent off to clients. In a previous internship, this was not the case and the work that I produced could barely be recognised in papers sent out.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I have become much more confident with Excel and formatting in Word - which I didn't even think would be that difficult but it can be. It has taught me to manage my time better as well. Since I was only an intern I was limited in the soft skills I developed but this is why the CSR project was so useful. It allowed us to effectively work on a project for our own client.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Good atmosphere and everyone was welcoming.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
From the HR side everything was well organised. In my office things were mostly organised however in the first few weeks there wasn't much for me to do and it would have been nice if a schedule had been made ahead of my arrival so that I had work to do. By the end of my internship I had been scheduled in to do various jobs and I always had lots of work to do.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
To some extent - within the office I was always walked through how to do a job when it was the first time however, I think the induction could have been more aligned with what the job actually involves.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There are lots of different options and I already feel like I know a lot of people within the company (at my level).
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
My team was small and so there were less events than at other larger offices. When we did go out it was fun but we only done a few social things throughout my internship.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived with my parents so I can't really say. Buying lunch was affordable.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Good for young professionals. My office was in a good location.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Not really - I'm not a sporty person so that didn't bother me too much but I would like to get involved in the future if opportunities arise.