1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my internship at Aon. You are treated very well and made to feel like they value your time and care about your development. This is both by the graduates team and the local office management. You are given exposure to a range of different tasks, if you seek them out but it is to be expected to have to find work rather than it handed to you on a plate.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
In general I felt valued by my colleagues
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My line manager was very supportive, they were incredibly helpful and made me feel comfortable should I want to have a chat regarding work and other matters. Regularly they would ask me how I was getting on and if I had any questions. Any questions I had either particular actuarial focused questions or general ones were answered and my manager was very approachable.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
When you weren't busy you could do some non compulsory mandatory training. Even with this it was sometimes really difficult to stay motivated when you had nothing to do and knowing you would have to come in tomorrow faced with nothing. I tried my best to source work emailing/speaking to a variety of colleagues and never said no when someone asked if I was available. However at times there really was little to do and it got difficult. There was also the social impact project which was great but even then you cannot spent a whole day doing it.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Not much responsibility but this was to be expected since the actuarial profession relies on qualifications and exams need to be completed before you are given more responsibility. There are 3 stages of work doing, checking, scrutinizing. As an intern we would do almost a prelim step before doing, so little responsibility but it would be hard to give interns any.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills learnt at Aon were helpful and transferable. Particularly simple things like email etiquette and attending meetings. I did seek out advice about the examination process which the majority of my time would be spent doing should I return. Skills relating to the actuarial profession were useful as I feel confident completing staple tasks. Also the excel support, training and use was invaluable.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was very quiet in the office, sometimes depending on where you'd sit you could occasionally have conversation. As it was during the summer months colleagues would be very busy and trying to ensure everything was completed before they took holiday. Outside of work everyone was very chatty but they were too busy to talk in the office which is to be expected.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The training was great, at times maybe too much theoretical training (more than necessary). Once you were in the office it was kind of like a normal work experience placement with no set milestones or meetings to come apart from the end and the completion of the social impact project. There were weekly lunch and learns.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was extensive training before the internship took place in Chelmsford. Here we were put up in a hotel given travel expenses. Meals at all times were provided. We were also made aware of the scheme you are placed on should you become a graduate, lots of online packages were made available.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The grad scheme has got a good starting salary, as well as this the study package is particularly attractive. You are given lots of study days a year as well as all of your exams being paid for, tuition, resources also paid for. Benefits of working for the company are good. With regard to getting offered a job its really hard to tell the likelihood as you aren't given feedback during your time only at the end.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Fellow placement colleagues were really nice and friendly, got on with them so well and often met up outside of work on evenings and also at the weekend. At the events with all the interns in the country everyone got on really well and the company arranged drinks in the evenings which were really nice.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Not too bad, a little more expensive than where I went to uni but overall not too expensive.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?