1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Aon provide suffiecent support and training for the internship. I enjoyed just how varied each task of the internship in was. One second you could be doing valuation work and the next attending a meeting to discuss possible options for our how the trustees could invest their money and just how breathless it was.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Right from the start of the internship, Aon colleagues helped you feel at home. At first, colleagues ease you into the workflow, taking time out of their busy schedules to help you learn the fundamentals.
There is however a clear disconnect between senior colleagues and graduates and interns. I found it easier to connect with these than others.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Aon operates a buddy system where each of you get paired up with a recent graduate. This system is great!
I found myself asking questions to my buddies that I would be unsure to ask to my manager as I feel it would not be valued.
I felt that my manager could have shown a little more interest to the interns.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The workflow at the start of the internship was very limited due to the complex nature of each task. It started off with completing mandatory training and basic exccel work.
Once we knew the basics, work flows increased. This was also helped by the fact that Aons workflow is determined by a business cycle basis.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
During the first half of the internship, I was given little to no responsiblity as exepected. However. during the second half I was given many tasks with real deadlines. The work that the interns were given had a real impact to the day to day running of each client and we had to ensure it was completed in time.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I believe that the internship provides great development into any path you may wish to take in the future. It opened my eyes to just how vast the investment space, with the amount of investment options available. I have increased my excel, writing and communication skills throughout the internship. While our social impact project has helped my management, teamwork and public speaking skills.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Aon is a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Everybody has time to help others and you can see this in the fun within the office. Within the London office they employ a hotdesking system where each member has no fixed desk. This helped with the team bonding and ensured that I would interact with members who I would not usually do.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship program is very well organised with a rigid but flexible system. There are mandatory lunch and learn sessions whereby each week during a lunch a special guest speaker would come and speak about a chosen topic. Furthermore, HR were very useful in planning dates months in advance to ensure it was very organised.
One improvement would be having the computer systems loaded with all the needed applications. I spent the first 2 weeks trying to get apps vital for the internship.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I found that the training tools at Aon helped develop me to grasp the basic concepts of what I would need to learn in my internship.
Our buddies would take time out to train us and teach up all the concepts. Furthermore a 3 day training retreat in the Chelmsford office helped us develop further
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Due to the restructuring within our department I feel that the employment prospects are low. At Aon they lack clarity with what was going on as many of the graduates who were supposed to start in other offices were told they could not with little to no time before the internship.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There would be at least one social activity. Aon prides itself in being an inclusive and diverse company to work at and this was clearly evident in how they wanted each member to come to the social events and bond. Each member during the these social evnets felt very approachable
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The Aon main office and where I was placed was in the Leadenhall building. This is inbetween Bank and Liverpool Street underground station. As it is in zone 1 of London you can expect to pay upwards of five pounds a pint. I did not live in central london an commuted from northwest London in zone 4, costing around £200 a month on travel.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?