1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really did enjoy my time on my Internship. The team I worked (Financial and Professional Services) were all extremely friendly and talkative which made being at your desk enjoyable. The work itself as an intern is okay, the worst times are when you dont have work to do, which can happen from time to time. But when I was working I always felt like I was doing things that were worthwhile and benefited the team.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt i was a valued memebr of the team at all points. They all seemed to have a good balance of talking to me as an equal on the team but also as someone that doesnt no a lot. I imagine it can be quite easy to feel like an intern and not a memebr of the team, this never happened to me.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was alwasy there for me to ask for help on tasks and explain anything i didnt understand. I didnt have to go to her that much however as everyone on my team was always happy to help and explain anything to me. Overall i always felt that there was guidance and help available if i needed it.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The days can sometimes be slow. I started at a very busy time for the team so it was hard at first to find work as everyones priorities, understandably, were not me. Most of the time I had tasks to do and anything I did have to do was meaningful, i was never made to do anything like scanning or shredding all day.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
All work I was given I was trusted with and allowed to by myself. Working with Brokers i was never going to get much responsibility as I couldnt broke deals or directly deal with clients. But as i said before all the tasks i was given were mine to do.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
To be honest i dont think the skill directly relate to my degree, but i never had any expectation or desire for them to do so. it has however given me many skills that i can take forward both in the work place and life. I have learnt how to do proper formal emails, deal with characters i hadnt before and talk on the phone in a way i had never before.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was almost always positive. I dont think i ever witnessed an argument on confrontation the whole time i was there. There is always noise on the floor with everyone chatting and disscussing business. I really enjoyed this and couldnt think of anything worse than working in a silent office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
From HR side it was very well organised, form applying to interview to staring and beyond. I always knew exactly what was happening and flet it was structured very well. In my team I think I was given enough work and things to do the whole time. there was no structure to the work, but i dont think in this environment that would be possible for someone here for just 9 weeks.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
the company invests a lot in you. we had loads of time to wokr on our CSR projects and use skills away from the desk. we had loads of training before hand so we were very well equipped from the day we started. we have also seen just how much is invested in you when you start as a grad, the oppourtunities for growth are very large.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing. coming on as a grad seem s exciting. talking to the grads already here none of the regret it and all enjoy it a lot. Its amazing across the company how much everyone likes to wokr for AON. there are also many opourtunities to grow once starting.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
yes all the interns were very social. we would have lunch together all the time, we had a group chat which people used constantly. as well as this we would go on many nights out as one big group. eeryone got on very well and would socialise as a group a lot,
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The city is quite expensive place to work. pints are genrally £5 or above if you go to any bar around the area. some places are cheaper but thats the genral price. i lived at home and commuted so didnt have to pay local rent. th etrains are expensive though.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?