1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Work was okay, and came in ebs and flows, often was sat there trying to make time pass, but also was busy on other occasions. However, not a fan of Aon company culture. Compared to other internships I had done, did not feel valued and was definitely given grunt tasks at times because "that's what interns are for".
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Colleagues were all nice and welcoming, and took their time to explain tasks to you when you asked them, which given how busy they were was nice as it showed they valued you enough to give you their time. However, as mentioned above was given tasks that a random temp could have done, which is unfortunate given the internship is competitive to get into.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Whenever I had a question, someone would always try and help. Some tasks were explained really well, and people really took their time for you to understand them. However, others you just had to spend a while trying to figure out how to even attempt the task before you could start work.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Most days had enough work to keep me going until the end of the day, however, this was taking my time on jobs so that I didn't run out of work. There were definitely multiple days I was sat there staring at a screen trying to pass time until the end of the day.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Was allowed to complete tasks delegated to me, but there was no real responsibility, or opportunity to show initiative, except in asking for more tasks to complete.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Learnt a lot of excel on the job, which will be handy for working in industry or could be applied to any other industry needing excel. Also learnt a lot about the finance industry in general, which is nice for personal knowledge, as it is a fairly valuable industry to understand.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Inside the office was incredibly quiet, and people don't talk about much except work. This however is likely because everyone is very busy and not because they are not friendly. Outside the office when people have gone for drinks (not very frequent but not infrequent) people were nice and very welcoming.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Good in the sense that people knew we were arriving, and we were given laptops instantly when we arrived. However, beyond that nothing outstanding to warrant a high score.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Most of the training was lunch-time sessions (that you had to go to instead of having a lunch break) regarding general Aon culture. However, had very little real training on my area of the industry, and all training for tasks was me attempting to do them, asking questions, and eventually getting there.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Good chance for development and training in the actuarial industry if you work here as a graduate. They will guide you through all of your exams. and pay for them. However, if you work here you will have to work a lot of hours to gain success as this seems expected.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Other interns were chatty, however, bit of a dog eat dog culture among some of them. A feedback session was organised at the end after presentations for interns to give each other feedback, and some of the comments were unnecessarily mean. A couple of socials over the 9 weeks were organised but nothing beyond that.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Expensive but worth it.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Very good nightlife.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?