1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my placement at Aon for acuarial consulting. It was a field of finance I was interesting in and so it opened my eyes to what working in the financial industry would be like. I enjoyed meeting new people and making friends alongside completing challenging yet rewarding work.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt valued by most but not all of my colleagues. Fellow interns were always nice but a few people I were working with could've been a bit more friendly/approachable. Like I said the people that were nice were very nice and easy to approach but at certain points it also felt very hostile.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was given support and guidance pretty much whenever I asked for it. My supervisers were amazing and always took the time of day to help me with problems that I had.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I wasn't very busy and that was the biggest downside of the internship. There were countless days where I had no work and even after asking for work from multiple sources I still wasn't able to obtain any, leading to boredom throughout the days.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a fair amount as an intern. Not anything too extreme but what I expected being new to a company (e.g. access to client folders, draft emailsetc.)
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Skills I developed have been invaluable no matter how little work I got. Being in a business environment with like-minded people really helps bolster your own confidence and business acumen. I have really noticed and been told about my own progression and I know I will retain this going forward. Now with my degree studies I will be more proactive due to working during the days
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Just like a normal office, sometimes people are speaking, sometimes quiet. But generally a nice vibe, especially with the other interns/apprentices as the banter always flowed.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was organised really well. There was a direct plan of action from the get go and we all knew what we had to do. The early careers team were sending emails throughout which really helped in us knowing exactly what we had to do. I enjoyed the way it was set up.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
A fair amount of time was invested into us. I feel you develop from being around people in an office in general. Also, when teaching you new things they were always happy to explain things to you and make sure you were understanding which was good
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
If I was offered the job at the same location (St. Albans) and for the same role I don't think I'd take it. However, I know other interns that would. The only reason I say this is because I want to work in London, and the lack of work in this office was a turn off for me,
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Between the other interns there was a good friendship. Not much of a social scene because people were busy during the weekends and the socials between the slightly older workers weren't that great. This is because there aren't that many grads working here so no where near as much variety.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Realtively cheap, I was working at home so not applicable to me. Socialising (going to a pub) can be quite expensive in St. Albans however.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Never went out to a nightclub but I've heard clubbing is that great anyway
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes there were always emails flying around about different social activities to get involved in (e.g. football, yoga, games night) so on this part it was good I just didn't get involved in anything other than football.