1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was challenging both in the work that I was doing and the way in which I had to conduct myself. 4 years at University does not prepare you for a professional environment, but a steep learning curve is exactly what I like and I really enjoyed the challenging environment and the friendly team.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt that in general my colleagues were all fantastic at explaining things and making me feel part of the team, we were invited out for drinks and dinner and I really felt as though I was one of the team. will be sad to be leaving.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager was very good at scheduling meetings with me and he was always very honest with his opinions and other peoples opinions of me, which was really important in my development. I feel like I learned a lot more this year than I have in any other job.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
In general I was busy enough, although there were periods where I was naturally quiet and finding work then was difficult, my only recommendation to the company would be putting a pool of resources in place for junior colleagues who don't have much to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given as much responsibility as an intern in my role could get, I wasnt a scheme actuary by any stretch of the imagination but for a very Junior colleague I got a lot of exposure to a range of different activities, which is all you can ask for.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills especially revolving around excel and organisation will be really useful throughout my further career and if I do end up coming back here, they will no doubt be invaluable throughout my career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
There was a lot of social activity throughout the summer, got involved in various sports events and drinks events which was a lot of fun, it wasn't the most sociable but there was always someone down for a drink after an event. I really enjoyed my time in terms of fun
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The early careers team at Aon is second to none, they are all fantastic, really useful when you come to them with a problem and they put on a lot of interesting events like talks from some very senior members of the business. They also organised a bunch of socials for the interns which were a lot of fun.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We had a very strong induction which gave us an insight into the business as a whole and also gave us an insight into our technical teams. We then got team specific training when we arrived in the office on various things that would be useful throughout our time, their process was then reviewed when we came to the end and they asked for our feedback on the internship as a whole.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
They generally employ a high number of their interns, which i guess is a pretty appealing prospect, they are continuing to grow in a lot of areas and offer a lot of opportunity for development throughout the organisation. They are one of a big three in the risk world and they offer a lot of benefits as such.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
London is an expensive area, but that is London and is not a reflection on the business, you can still choose places where you can socialise and not spend as much money you just have to know the right places, that being said, I had a lot of expensive evenings
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yeah we played a lot of sport, played some cricket, some football and some rounders which was fun, there were a lot of qualification drinks and some parties and team building exercises, there were opportunities to see guest speakers and trips to Wimbledon and socials after the intern induction as well.