1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my internship at Aon. Everyone was very friendly and it was a really pleasant work environment. I felt like we were given a good amount of work (at the right level of difficulty to be both challenging but not too daunting). I would recommend this internship scheme.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I did feel like most of my colleagues made an effort to set me work and talk me through it, even though it was probably quicker and easier for them to do it themselves, which was nice. They always thanked me when I had completed my assigned tasks, so I did feel appreciated.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I feel like I was given fairly good support and guidance from my management and supervisors, and in particular from the recent graduates who had been asigned as our 'buddies'. I felt very comfortable in asking them any questions or queries I had if I did not understand anything about a task.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I would say I was not very busy at the beginning, but after a few days or so I was fairly busy. It did seem that the tasks came in waves- so you were either super busy or not at all, but then I assume that is the nature of the job.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
We were deffinately given proper work to do- it was not just the coffee run or photocopying. Obviously, it was not the most important work either and everything we did was then double-checked by more senior stuff. However, as it was a lot of inputting data it seems everyone's work was double checked.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I feel that I have learned so much from this internship: about the financial market, working in a professional environment, presentation skills, etc.. I also had the opportunity to work with the London-based team of Economists and so was able to do some work which was highly relevant to my degree e.g. writing about how gilt yields changed over the quarter.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I felt like the general atmoshphere was very pleasant and friendly. Many people made an effort to be welcoming (although not all) and chat to us interns, or even give us work to do. The atmosphere really was one of the main contributing factors to be wanting to work there permanately.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The Early Careers team organised the internship very well.. At the beginning we had a 3 day training course (for all the interns across all the offices) and we had weekly lunchtime presentations from senior members of the company where we could also ask questions. They were very well organised and helpful.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I felt like I recieved a decent amount of personal training- where colleagues explained tasks to me. Also I felt comfortable to ask questions whenever I did not understand something. They also organised for us to have 'chats' with people from outside our team so we could learn more about how the company worked.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I think the overall rate of interns who recieve job offers is fairly high, although some not for all departments. I deffinately would like to work for the company in future as everyone was so nice and friendly, and the company culture seems to fit with me personally which is nice.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
I made many friends with other interns, and there were many after-work drinks with other interns and also sometimes other colleagues. Everyone was very friendly and tried to make us feel welcome. There was also a number of company-organised drinks which helped to increase the social scene for us all.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I was working in London, and I moved for the summer. London is very expensive to live and socialise in- most of my salary did go on rent, and food and drinks when socialisign were also very expensive. However, for the company organsied events their was always a tab to get drinks on.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
There were many bars around the area where I worked, which were decent if a bit pricey. In the week the area was always buzzing with fellow workers and it was a really nice atmosphere. Although, there did not seem to be any clubs nearby but that was fine as I did not really want to go to one after work anyway.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?