Helping the investment team with their day to day work.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I have throroughly enjoyed my time with Aon, it has been the best job I have had so far in my short career and I have enjoyed the diverse range of task that have been sent my way, attempting each with the same excitement and vigour as the start of my internship.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I would say that I get on very well with all my colleagues, especially those who are closer to my level such as the graduates. I have been invited to participate in a number of out of work events which have helped me develop strong interpersonal bonds with my colleagues and as such I feel like a valued member of the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Whenever I needed help or had any extension questions there was a sea of people who were all more than happy to help me however they could. I haven't had a single query or question go unanswered and all of the answers I have received have been to a high standard, whilst also accomodating my lack of prior knowledge. As such I have learnt a lot during my time on the internship.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The workload is intense but manageable. There have only been very few occasions where I have been either snowed under or sat twiddling my thumbs. Generally I have time to complete any task sent my way to a high standard and within the aloocated timeframe. As such I would say I had almost the perfect daily balance.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Due to the fact that for the most part you must be qualified to complete any of the higher standard of work, there was a limit to how much responsibility I was given. However, every task that was sent my way was measured to be the appropriate level and any work I completed was completely my responsibility, both positively and negatively.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
My degree course and the field of my internship are worlds apart. However,I believe that all of the transferable skills that I have gained and developed in this role will help to aid me in my final year of university. Beyond my final year, should I get a graduate offer, then all of the skills I have developed will be very handy as they will give me a definitive basis to grow from for the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
In my section of the office the atmosphere was always top notch. Lots of banter, jokes and discussions occuring throughout the day, all whilst we still did all of our work and achieved our goals. Would reccomend the atmosphere to anyone and it really helped me to feel at home and enjoy myself.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Overall, the set up for the internship was fantastic. I had minimal issues with it and almost seamlessly joined the team. The only issues I had was that I still had examinations when the internship started, so I missed the first two days of my induction (I caught up on any information missed) and I lost two days annual leave (as I had to take them for the two days missed due to exams). Otherwise there were zero issues.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The firm invested in my development by inviting me to events I could learn from and by holding weekly Lunch and Learns to help develop our skills outside of what we do. These were very informative an dhelped me gain an idea of the larger picture as well as where Aon fit in in the world. This investment has helped me grow a lot.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I believe I have a reasonable chance at future emplyment with the company. I have performed strongly, have completed all tasks set before me and I believe I have impressed. The only thing that could cause a problem is if the business does not have space and the funds for me. I really hope that there will be a position and that I will get the offer.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There were 5 of us total on placemnet over the summer (and beyond for one of us). As a collective we all got on well and saw each other regularly, always stopping for a chat and a catch up. Unfortunately we were placed on different floors, so didnt get to see eacho ther as much as we may have liked. I believe I will stay in contact with them in the future.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Pubs and Bars were relatively expensive, so although we socialised relatively often it was sometimes difficult to be able to afford the prices as a student. The cost of living in Bristol is also rather high as the city is quite an up and coming location so prices are rising. I managed just about to have a social life and survive but it was tight at times.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The cities nightlife was pretty good however we didn't have a night out during the course of my internship as no one was that fussed in regards to it. We often would just go to the pub during the day and maybe after work on a friday - as such we didnt have a night out.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Outside of work there were a few social events occuring which I did my best to get involved in. I also participated in a corporate responsibilities project where I got involved with and helped a UK charity. In my project I helped to bring an influx of volunteers and helped to modernise their information pack for the people they help.