1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my time at Aon. It was rather different to what I expected. I leant alot about the retirement sector and what a career would entail at Aon. I completed an interesting and varied selection of task. I enjoyed being apart of the team and they made me feel very welcome.There was also a number of fun socials throughout the summer.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued by my colleagues. Everyone was very patient and willing to give up their valuable time to chat about their careers and any advice I had. I got a range of diffferent tasks and the colleagues who deligated these to me explained them well and at a level I could understood.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I got paired with a 'Buddy' who I had the oppertunity to go to if I had any questions. There were also relativity new to Aon so were of alot of help to me.
Had regular feedback with my manger, once at mid way and once at the end. He was also good at checking in on us to ensure all was going well.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
At the begining it was a little slower than I expected. We had a few training excercies and online courses to complete to keep us busy and help us understand more about the job. After the second week I rarely had little to do. As we began to understand more, people started to delegate us more tasks.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I think I recieved a good level of responsibility. The tasks we were often set, we did and two people checked as was the protocol at Aon. We also had a social impact project which we had to work on over the 9 weeks as a group of interns which we had the sole responsibility off.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think it was will have a huge impact on my future career. I learnt alot about the retirement sector as well as skills in excel/presenting which I will use no doubt in which ever career I follow.
I developed my skills in organisation, time managment aswell as interacting in a professional work place.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere was hardworking and professional. People were ambitious and interested in what they do.
The were always keen to help if needed and a nice and friendly atmosphere at socials and team bonding.
Everyone I spoke to seems to really enjoy working at Aon and recommended coming to work here.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
My time was split between two different teams at Aon. The first 3 days we had training in Chelmsford, where we stayed in a hotel and had training on the company and different workshops on skills and strengths. Then spent 4 weeks on each of the two teams. Had formal feedback, half way through and at the end.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Had 3 days training at the begining in Chelmsford with all the interns across the UK. Once in my office had futher training on different aspects of the job. People delegating me work often spent time explaining what to do. Had to take part in social impact project. Gained excel skillls and skills in presentating.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I would be very keen to come back to work at Aon. I enjoyed the internship and found it challenging and rewarding. The people I worked with were lovely and spoke very highly of the business. At this company there seems to be a lot of oppentuntity for development and oppertunity to gain professional qualitications.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, I made very good friends with the other interns in my team as well as throughout different sectors such as investment. Friday night drinks were a regular fun event with younger people in the office. There were a number of social and company socials organised throughout the few months I was here.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
The cost of living and socialising was expensive. The commuting was also a large cost which I didn't factor in when choosing to work in London. However a lot of the social occacions they was a bar tab which the company paid or other members of the team did. Interns rarely paid for drinks at socials.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I didn't go out that often after work but often went to Friday night work drinks. It was fun and would recommend. However going out in London is rather expensive. The oher members of my team were lovely to socialise with and very friendly. There were socials organised by the graduate team in cool places in London.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I can't think of many oppertunites to get involved in activities outside of work. I think there might be more but I was only there a short space of time. There was regular socials and rounders social one evening in regents park which I went too and was alot of fun!