1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My time at Aon was really enjoyable straight from the off. What stood out for me the most was how the internship had a good balance between work in the office and social activities away from the office. This allowed me to make full use of my time on my internship. As I was able to expand my knowledge on the role, and still had plenty of time to get to know my colleagues.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
What I appreciated the most during my time at Aon was how easy it was to get on with the whole of the team. Although I was only here for 8 weeks, I feel I was still able to build good working relationships with all members of the team. This was aided by Aon's hot desk procedure which gave me the opportunity to sit by a different person each day.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The support at Aon was great. For example, even before my internship began I was assigned with and contacted by my buddy to answer any initial queries. I was also in initial contact with my manager who was happy to answer any questions. But what amazed me was how comfortable I felt from the first day because any member of the team was happy to provide support!
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Overall the work schedule had a good balance. During my time here I was assigned with a Corporate Social Responsibility project. This involved various tasks and objectives that my group and I had to achieve by the end of the internship. Hence there was never a time where I had nothing to do!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As I was only an intern, the amount of responsibility available was limited (i.e. being assigned my own clients). However I was still required to deliver set tasks within specific deadlines, and hence had some accountability.
Within my CSR group project we were set individual objectives. I felt this came with great responsibility as I was the only member of the team from my regional office.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
During my internship I learnt what it takes to work in the real world with real responsibility. Through the work I did and training I received I expanded my knowledge and increased my business skills such project management and problem solving. I also developed my presenting skills through various presentations.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
From the first day to the last the office was always a healthy environment where it was evident every member of the team get on! I had the privilege to work in the London office, and I felt it contrasted vastly to my office (Birmingham). As being a smaller office I felt everyone was more united!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I felt the organisation for the internship was great. From my first day in the office I was given my own laptop which had already been tailored for my specific use and had all the necessary tools I needed to complete my internship. Also if there were certain issues or queries, relevant documents were provided for aid of assistance.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The facilities available for new workers for development and training were amazing. This included a 3 day induction down in Chelmsford with other fellow new recruits and online courses to do in my free time in the office. Both illustrated the support Aon were willing to provide in order for me to develop as an individual.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Aon's graduate programme called Launch makes it really appealing to stay on board if an offer is provided post the internship. Launch is Aon's 10-months onboarding and development programme that allows you to build and develop Aon IQ, new presentation skills and a greater network within Aon. Overall it would be great to continue to develop myself as an individual through Aon via Launch!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Through the technological systems Aon provide, i.e. Lync it was easy to socialise with fellow interns not just in my office but also other regional offices. Also through events such as the CSR project presentation day it was great time to network with fellow interns and get to know them out of the office too.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
As I didn't live too far from my office, I was limited to transport expenses. However near the location of the office there are various accomodations that are available at a good price. But in general the prices in Birmingham for pubs/bars/restaurants are satisfactory in relation to other locations such as London!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
In general there are many bars and clubs for everyone in Birmingham! Numerous times after work the team went for drinks at bars located within a 5 minute walk away from the office.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
In my regional office a football game was arranged every week on a Wednesday after work. It was great to play with my fellow colleagues. In addition there were also other societies available for you to interact with the rest of the team. For example weekly sessions of reps (running during lunch) or yoga (after work).