1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my experience at Aon. Everyone was very welcoming and made you feel part of the team instantly. The other interns have also been really friendly and this has made the experience particularly enjoyable. I have also enjoyed the challenges of the internship and everything I have learnt.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt that I was valued by my colleagues. At the beginning everyone was really welcoming and it was very easy to get to know everyone in the team. During the internship I was given more responsibility as I was able to build more working relationships. Towards the end I was being asked to complete tasks by senior consultants within the team. This work was interesting and rewarding.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager gave me a lot of guidance and advice. I received regular updates on my progress which was incredibly helpful. Throughout the internship I felt that my manager was someone I could speak to on a regular basis if I had any queries or questions about a piece of work that I had been given.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
To begin with I was less busy in the office. Then as time progressed I was given more responsibililty and trust from my colleagues. Fortunately we were given a charity project which meant that there was always a lot to do and work towards. In the final weeks of the internship I was very busy with the work I had been set.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
At the beginning of the internship we were given our CSR project which was to help a charity within the Birmingham area. This instantly gave us responsibility and also allowed us to become accustomed to our work within the office. Initially within our office we were not given much responsibility so having a CSR project was important in allowing us to get more responsibility. Towards the end of the internship we were given more responsibility within the office.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I study Economics at university so doing an investment consulting internship is relevant for this. Throughout the last few weeks I have gained a greater understanding of how bonds and equities are used by pension funds to generate returns. I have also improved my skills in Microsoft excel, word and powerpoint and this will be useful going forward in a future career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere within the office was really positive. We had regular socials which was particularly beneficial at the beginning and us as interns to integrate and get to know everyone quickly. I also really enjoyed that we had an flexible desk policy so I was able to sit with new people each day.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement was really well organised. We had an intern induction at the beginning of the internship which was a really great way to get to understand how the company works as well as getting to know the other interns. This meant that when we arrived in our own offices there were familiar faces making it easier to integrate. However some of what we learnt at the induction was not that relevant towards the internship overall.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company invested a huge amount of time in us. We were given relevant materials in understanding the relationship with investment managers and pension funds etc. We also had further in-depth explanations of different asset classes and their importance within pension schemes. Throughout the 9 weeks, everyone in the office was always really enthusiastic in helping us with any question or query we had.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future prospects within the organisation are appealing. In the investment side of the business they encourage you to take the CFA which will improve my employment prospects. There are also a number of opportunities to get promoted given that Aon is a large company and there are opportunities to transfer to other parts of the business.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yeah good social scene. We went out for drinks at lunch and after work
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I lived at home and commuted in
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
My commute meant that I didnt go out much
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes. Regular team socials as well as events such as football tournaments organised for Aon employees.