1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my internship. It was an incredible experience during which I learnt extensively about the business and I was able to learn about all different roles and areas of the business. The team I was with gave me real responsibility and taught me a great deal. Overall I would recommend this internship.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The first 3 days were intern training days and I was able to make good friends with many other interns. The team I was based in were all very lovely and they gave me lots of work and responsibility. They definitely made me feel valued throughout my time at Aon. The early careers team were also very supportive throughout.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The early careers team were supportive throughout the process from receiving my offer to completing my internship. My manager and supervisors within my team were very supportive. I had a buddy who made sure I had sufficient work and everyone in the team were always happy to give me guidance if I was ever confused or stuck.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My business varied. To begin with I was not very busy, this increased very quickly though as the team got to know me. On the whole I was probably well balanced 3 days a week, too busy one day and week and didn't have enough to do one day a week. This variance occured as different members of the team were in and had different quantities of work for me on different days.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a reasonable amount of responsibility during my placement while working on projects. This responsibilty did not go unsupported though. I was always able to ask for advice and guidance during my internship on projects I was running to ensure accuracy. I think it was the right amount of responsibility throughout.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I developed will definitely help me with my final year of University and the knowledge of business will help me determine what I want to do after University. It has also helped me to understand what to expect during a graduate scheme and beyond. Overall it was an incredibly worthwhile experience.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was a busy, fun and exciting office. I very much enjoyed the overall office atmosphere. I think it gave me a strong perception of what it will be like to work in this industry and I would definitely consider returning to this team for a graduate job and beyond.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
From receiving my offer to the end of my internship it was well organised. There was limited communication throughout the application process and at times it took almost 2 months for Aon to respond. But after this the internship was incredibly well organised, particularly the 3 day intern induction training.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We began our internship with 3 days of training. These were incredibly insightful and helped to develop and train us. Throughout our time we also had a weekly intern lunch and learn, these helped to teach us about Aon's core values and different areas of the business. My team also organised meetings for me with different teams which meant I could understand the full workings of the company.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Future employement prospects are very appealing and I would seriously consider accepting a graduate scheme within my team or within the broader company as a whole. I would even consider different roles in the organisation having now learnt what they truly entail. The internship has helped me come to these conclusions.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were a few intern events in the first week though after this it then dwindelled till the end of the internship. This may be because there were only a few interns within my department. I understand certain departments had many interns and their social scene was more exciting. The early careers team did organise a few events.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was based in London and therefore the cost of everything was expensive which was a limiting factor. Lunch was always expensive though the office canteen was cheaper than external shops.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife is good in London. Though not advised as the teams at Aon expect you to be in early and work hard therefore it would be hard to balance many nights out with this internship. Though there are many nightlife options if you did want to go out often.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were not many Aon related opportunities to get involved with outside of work on the whole. Though I do not think this is a problem as it means that weekends are free to do whatever you would like. This means you can maintain your social life whilst working with Aon.