1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
There was always lots of work to do and it was very varied. It was also actual client work and so it gave a good insight into the kind of work that you would be expected to do as a grad. Everyone in the office were super friendly too, as were the other interns.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The office I was working in had hot desking, and I think before I'd been to socials, I didn't really know people who I wasn't working with. I think it was quite easy to not know people that you weren't working on projects with or who were in different teams.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Each of us interns/placement year students were given a grad or an apprentice as a buddy. I think the buddy system was really good as you could always go to them first. We also had regular catch ups/ feedback sessions with our managers which were really helpful in knowing how we were getting on.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Majority of the time, there was something to do. It was only at the very beginning where we a little bit light on work but later on, people would always email asking if we had capacity to take on more work. If you did get too busy, it would just be passed to a different intern so there was always a good amount of work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I think the level of responsibility I was given built up over the course of my internship, and in a sense, you could choose how much responsibility you wanted to take on. If you weren't comfortable or confident taking something on, then you did not have to, and you could also ask to take on more if you wanted to.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
We had a social impact project that we had to work on over about 8 weeks and we were put in groups where we were spread across different offices. Taking part in this project developed a lot of skills, such as time management, communication and presentation skills, as you were expected to spend about half a day on this project a week and then have completed your tasks and have a presentation ready at the end of it. Even with day to day tasks, it was about managing your own time and just making sure you'd completed task in good time.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I think it depended on which office you were located in but generally it was set up very well. I think the induction and the social impact project presentation day were set up well, as well as the networking events associated with these days. It was also well organised in that they provided accommodation during the induction.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
During the induction, I think it was mostly about building up skills, that would be helpful both during our time here, and beyond that. There was an external company that came in to do some of our training sessions, and there were weekly lunch and learn sessions also, with guest speakers.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
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11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There are definitely better perks if you were an employee at the company compared to when you are an intern. I think the culture at Aon is very different to other financial services, and there is a big sense of social corporate responsibility and so a grad scheme is rather appealing.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
During the induction, we were all placed in accommodation very close to where our training was taking place, which definitely helped with getting to know the other interns. After training finished, there were networking events scheduled for every evening, such as a dinner and drinks, and this was also the case at the end of our intership.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?