1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Excellent internship programme. The 'Early Careers' team did a great job organising it on a national scale. Further to this, the office I was interning at also provided fantastic support. There were plenty of opportunities to push myself out of my comfort zone with people to support you if you needed it.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone was friendly and welcoming. There was a perfect level of friendly chat in the office. There were also various opportunities to socialise outside of work hours. Further to this, I was trusted from the very beginning to be able to just get on with work and figure things out (either by myself or by asking questions). I appreciated the respect colleagues showed me and the faith they had in my ability to deliver.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
There was a nice level of support at the beginning of the programme. Further in to the programme this support started to slowly decrease (in a good way) leaving you feeling more independent and trusted to get on with things. However, whenever there was a need to ask for support, you would find it straight away.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Most days I was comfortably busy. There were the odd few when I felt too busy, but they were a great experience and taught me how to better cope with a situation that will certainly crop up throughout my working life. There were also some days when I wasn't busy enough, but there was ample support to help you find someone with work that you could help with - you never spent too long without anything to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
There was never a feeling that I was thought to be unable to do something just because I was an intern. Of course, tasks that required months or years of experience were inaccessible to me, but not directly as a consequence of being an intern. There were multiple occasions where people very senior in the organisation asked me to work with them and trusted me with important tasks.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Was this directly related to my degree? No. But the transferable skills I learned will definitely help me going forwards. I improved my confidence immensely - especially my confidence to present ideas in front of those more senior and experienced than me. I also improved my presentation skills when standing in front of a crowd of people.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
A perfect balance between being able to get things done and having an enjoyable time. Everyone in the office was pleasant and wouldn't take themselves too seriously. However, this was not to an extent that stopped you from getting work done and learning a lot from the internship. It was also great being able to chat casually to people outside of your team and learn more about other areas of the business.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There were a small number of issues (such as IT systems not working perfectly the first time), but as you would expect from a company this size they were quickly able to be sorted out. In terms of the human element of the organisation, the 'Early Careers' team were great as was my manager.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I was given opportunities to represent the company to external parties I none form or another. This impressed me as they were allowing me to represent the Aon brand at such an early stage. This was monumental in helping me better understand the company and industry as a whole - an investment in me and my understanding that I did not expect.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very much so. Great company for the reasons listed in all the other questions.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was an office social team that organised some bigger events as well as after work activities some/most weeks. There was never any pressure to attend or any judgement for not doing so.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Lived in Leeds. It was cheap enough. I will be walking away with a net positive amount of money from the internship. I can recommend looking for universities that rent out their halls to interns in the summer. You know what to expect with uni halls and there was very little fuss.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Given an 8 because Leeds supposedly has a great nightlife. I didn't get to experience it to enough of an extent to confidently rate it any higher. You will not get the opportunity to go out as much as in university when on this internship.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Leeds is a big city with plenty to offer. You will not be short of things to do.