1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Working at Inpoint this summer was a great experience. I got to work on a variety of projects which enabled me to understand the industry and Aon to a greater extent. The team were really friendly and welcoming, as well as helpful when i was unsure about anything. A summer well spent!
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues were really welcoming throughout the internship, and approachable, so that when i had a question about the work i was doing or about Inpoint itself, they were always willing to help. This made my internship a lot more interesting as i was able to get a decent grasp about my work and the industry.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I felt that the managers and senior associates i worked with were really supportive when they set me work. Whenever i had questions or was uncertain, i felt comfortable enough to ask for more clarification. Really fantastic people to work with, and i believe i learnt a lot from them!
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Each day, i usually had enough work to be getting on with, as being part of a project team, there was usually work that needed to be done. Nearer the end of projects, there was less work to do, however usually when i asked if there was anything i could help with, someone would usually send something my way.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Being part of a project meant that there was a lot of responsibility, even at an intern level. For instance, if researching something, what you find goes to another member of the team, meaning that your work needs to be correct. I really enjoyed having this responsibility and felt it developed skills such as attention to detail and time management.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
We received formal training sessions in Powerpoint and Excel which will certainly help at university. I feel that the standard of Presentations at Inpoint is really high, and i feel i've picked up a lot of useful tips from the training session and working on presentations. The excel sessions were also really helpful, as the program is used a lot at Inpoint, and we were taught how to use it at a more advanced level.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone at inpoint is very friendly and approachable which made settling in easier. A lot of people were willing to go for coffee with us which was a great way to network and get to know people in the office. The monthly social event i went to was really great as well.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Inpoint placed us in projects and this was a great way to understand what the division does and understand the industry a lot more. Our first induction week was well set up and the internship CSR project was also a great aspect of the internship as it gave us more responsibility.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We had weekly lunch and learn sessions, through the graduates team and occasional ones in my division. These were a great way to learn about Aons expectations and how to present ourselves professionally. The division set out Excel and Powerpoint sessions for us which were really great learning sessions which helped in project work.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The future employment prospects seem really promising as Aon seem to invest in their employees. IT seems there are a lot of learning opportunities such as qualification support which for me is really appealing. I think the internship showed us how Aon respects their employees and wants them to develop and succeed.
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 expensive but i think that was a given before i applied. I chose London as my division is headquartered there and the networking possibilities appealed to me. I felt living in the city over the summer was really great despite the price and my division also held a social which was a great way to socialise with my colleagues/
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Not really interested that much in nightlife however occasionally some interns and i would go out for a drink, sometimes as a project team we'd go for a drink which was really relaxed and fun. Londons expensive however colleagues were great at recommending good places to go to after work.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
As an intern only in London for 9 weeks, i made sure that i was able to go see London which was really great. Outside work, i was able to take advantage of what London had to offer such as networking opportunities, business seminars and museums. Wasnt required to work very long hours, so i had evenings to pursue my interests.