1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Aon's internship programme for Pensions is incredibly rewarding, unique and challenging. You are given real client work that allows you to be in a position to influence decisions from a range of levels. A few jobs include calculation of transfer values, trivial commutations, drafting reports and sitting in client meetings as well as putting your excel skills to the test. The diverse range of work given is what made this internship enjoyable. Further, the working culture of Aon is so welcoming and they care for their colleagues. Everyone is looking out for you. This opportunity is a great way to network and learn an extensive amount.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Extremely valued. Everyone cares about you and is looking out for you. The culture is highly supportive.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
A great extent. Even though people are busy with their work, they will stop and help you. You will never feel scared to approach colleagues if you have a problem.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Fairly busy. You have to be proactive in asking for work but sometimes you are given work by colleagues themselves. Its a mix of busy and fairly quiet days.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I would say a good amount of responsibility that you can take without feeling too stressed. They would never give you work that is overly stressful but requires a bit of responsiblity.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
A large extent. As I study an actuarial science degree, I have developed skills that range from paying attention to detail to being organised. These are all valuable and transferable at university. I have also gained leadership skills, teamwork skills and I am a lot more conifdent as an individual.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It is really encouraging and supportive. Everyone is very welcoming and wants you to learn.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
You are assigned a manager and a buddy. The internship is well set up in terms of work given and
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We were given training packs to complete and had over 6 important training sessions that had been incredibly useful when completing work. It had also broadened my curiousity about pensions.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very. Aon invest heavily into their graduates, something that other firms do not do. They provide an appealing graduate scheme that allows you to expand your current skills set and technical background about pensions and finance in general. There are many opportunities to grow both career wise and fulfilling your own objectives. The working environment is highly supportive and the work you get is very interesting.
Also, Aon recognise your efforts and do see if you have potential.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Definitely! Everyone is super friendly and you have a project to complete with other Aon interns and IP's giving you a chance to socialise with a wide range of people.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Very cheap as most socials were reimbursed by the firm. I had the opportunity to go to Manchester to play netball against other Aon colleagues across different locations which was fun.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Good. Central London has great bars, pubs and clubs.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Many! Opportunitites included: playing rounders and netball, competing in a corporate 5K run, yoga on the top floor, summer parties, table tennis competitions etc
Further you can get involved in organising charity events such as, I organised a Prostate Cancer UK visit to Aon to raise awareness about health. This is will occur on International Men's Day.