1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed it quite a lot. It was my first real work experience and I believe the team really helped me transition from the academic world into the business world. I was left with a very good impression of Aon. The work was at times a bit mundane, however it could also sometimes be challenging.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues. In the first few weeks I really struggled to get enough work to keep me busy throughout the day. However, as colleagues started teaching me more about the industry and the job I began to be assigned more tasks. By the end of the internship I always had work for the whole day.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given adequae support from my manager and supervisor. It wasn't phenomenal, however I understand that they are very busy and it is not always feasible or sensible to meet for a review every week. With that said, I would have appreciated a bit more time with my manager where we could talk about my future at the company.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
As I mentioned before, at the beginning of the internship I rarely had enought work to keep me busy throughout the day. However, after a few weeks I started to understand more about the job and as such I could carry out more tasks. By the end I was always busy throuhgout the day.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I wasn't given a lot of responsibility in my internship partly because a lot of the work we carry out requires qualified actuaries. As such, I wasn't really allowed to independently complete tasks. In one sense this was good, because I learnt a lot and quickly. However, it also somewhat lessened the feeling of ownership when it came to my work.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I believe my skills prepared me for this role. As someone who has always been curious and enjoys working hard, I didn't struggle to start working in the office and in some ways I found it easier than my studies. The fact I always had people to assist me, made it easy to resolve whatever issues I had.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office was relaxed and friendly. Ties were not required and people were always open and friendly. Also the fact we had dress down fridays helped foster this environment. Overall, the environment reflected the helpful attitutde of everyone in the office, which made it very easy for me to integrate.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I believe the internship was quite well organised. The induction week, the CSR projects, the Lunch and Learn sessions and feedback were all delivered or organised quite well. I was impressed by the level of commitment Aon displays towards interns. They really want us to make the most out of this experience.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I believe the company invested an adequate amount in our personal training and development given we were only here for 9 weeks. Any more and it would have been a waste of resources. The level of training allowed us to enter the office and learn about the job quickly and effectively.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Working at Aon sounds like an appealing opportunity, however I am not sure pensions is for me. Furhtermore, I would not want to work in the office I did my internship in, because transportation is very costly. With that said I do believe Aon is a good employer and I could see myself working for them, just not in pensions.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I believe the interns and graduates did a good job of fostering a social scene at Aon. However, I believe my office could have put a bit more effort into after work social events for interns. This is a great opportunity to meet the grads and get to know other areas of the business.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living in this are is very high as we still pay London prices. Socialising was perhaps slighlty cheaper than London, however I still found it hard to save money from my salary at the end of the month. Hence, I would argue that the overall cost was quite high.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There wasn't any nightlife in my office's city.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was a weekly footbal game, however aside from that there weren't many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work. With that said, i don't really think that's a problem because I already carry out quite a few activities after work independently. As a result I would not really attend activities organised by Aon after work.