1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I greatly enjoyed my internship here at Aon and feel like I picked up many skills which will be invaluable for the future. My team was warm and welcoming and quickly gave me serious and legitimate work to contribute. I feel like I was valued for my contributions and ingratiated well with the team.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I feel like the rest of the team that I was in contact were extremely helpful and provided great guidance and support. I had a constant stream of work without being overloaded and there were plenty of people I could approach with any issues or problems that I needed help with
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Within the first two weeks of my internship I sat down with my manager to discuss my goals and what I hoped to achieve from the internship. I feel like this opportunity to discuss my aims helped keep me focused on what I was here for and was invaluable. Moreover, I found all the management and supervisors that I came into contact with were friendly and approachable
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Workload was fairly consistent, and I feel like I had real, important work to contribute without being overburdened or stressed. In the infrequent cases when I was light on work it was very easy to approach a member of the team and they were all very quick with coming up with things that I could contribute.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
At no point throughout my internship was I under the impression that the work i was doing wasn't important. I was fortunate to quickly be given important and interesting work that was both challenging and rewarding upon completion. I was assigned projects to assist upon on a weekly basis and felt like a full member of each of the teams that I assisted.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
As I return for my final year at university I feel like I've been given a much stronger idea of how my studies will translate to the world of work. As a Maths student at university I feel like it can be very useful to get an idea of not only the concepts that you're learning but also a strong idea of how they will be applied vocationally after the conclusion of your studies
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
From the first day I was impressed by the warmth and welcoming atmosphere of the office. Everyone on the team was keen to engage me not only on a professional basis but also on a personal basis. I was delighted with the friendliness of everyone on the team and although apprehensive about getting started I quickly was put at ease by the team.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Overall I would say that the internship was well organised. We received 3 days training at the start of the internship which I feel helped me to develop many skills which proved invaluable throughout the remainder of the internship. There were many social opportunities offered by the company and I felt these were very well organised and ran very smoothly
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We received at the start of the internship a 2 day course in Cheltenham that focused on development of soft skills and then a 1 day course for our specific streams. In hindsight, while I enjoyed my time in Cheltenham, I would have preferred to have learned more specifically about my personal stream rather than the focus on soft skills that we received.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
From what I gather there is a high conversion rate to achieving the graduate scheme and hopefully this is something that I'll be able to achieve at the end of my internship. The graduate scheme seems like a great opportunity for those looking to develop their careers and working with such a large firm means that there is great support and opportunities for growth
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I found that the social scene amongst the interns was very strong. There would be many social events including weekly drinks and I know people got involved in sports leagues. I found in general that they were a very friendly group of people whom made a lot of effort to get involved socially with one another
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is an expensive city to live in and even more expensive to go out in. This will however be typical of any job in London so I can't fault the company for that. Depending on the area you live in and your willingness to commute the rent you'll pay for accommodation will vary wildly. I know many interns were fortunate to have friends or family living in the London area that were willing to house them for the duration of the internship
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
London nightlife is world famous and I feel like this summer i got a great experience of it. There are many bars surrounding the London office with great atmospheres. Drinks are expensive but you can avoid a lot of the cost by going during happy hour when there are reduced deals on certain drinks
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I feel like there were many opportunities offered by my team and the aon office in general in terms of out of work activies. There were several people recently passing their chartered exams while I was with the team so social events organised by the team were frequent and great fun