I thoroughly enjoyed the virtual internship. It was filled with interactions, engagement and extremely informative sessions and opportunities to learn more about Aon as a whole but also to meet new individuals within my team. I had the opportunity to work on many different tasks and my days were very different from one another. So many things were organised by the Early Careers team which allowed me to learn even more and discover different sides of the business. Sessions were held where individuals shared some of their personal stories, experiences and tips which I particularly liked as those sessions were very down to earth and interesting.
Everyone in my team was always extremely keen to help me out when I needed it and take the time to explain a concept to me. Aon put into place a buddy system where each intern had one or two individuals assigned to them. We would have weekly catch-ups and discuss various topics. They would also be able to help me out with anything I was struggling with and I always felt comfortable asking them anything that was on my mind. Everyone in the team was very exciting to get to know all of us interns which made me feel extremely welcomed.
Everyone in the team and in the Early Careers team were always willing to help out and answer as many questions as I had. Questions were always encouraged no matter how silly they may have seemed to me. Everyone would always take the time to explain things to me and make sure that I had fully understood before moving onto something else. I was always well informed throughout which allowed me to ensure I was always on track.
This was my first ever kind of work experience/internship and I can definitely say I have learnt many new skills. I have learnt a mixture of industry specific skills and also everyday skills that I will be able to implement back at university and in daily tasks. The office experience was still fully experienced although being virtually and it gave me the opportunity to work flexibly and to adapt to different situations as I got used to meeting new people through video calls and communicating through emails.
I really enjoyed the structure of the internship. To begin with we had an induction week where we got to learn more about Aon but also about our specific line of business. Then after the first week, I got to have multiple introduction sessions with the team and start on some tasks which were delegated to me by colleagues. Despite being quite free work wise to begin with, the Early Careers team provided us with multiple opportunities to get stuck in such as online modules, sessions and our team project. The whole structure worked very well virtually and flowed well also.
Although virtual, there was an amazing atmosphere. Colleagues always took the time to reach out and ask how I was doing. I would have weekly catch-ups with colleagues as well. Every Monday we would have a call where we would ask how everyone was doing and then state our availability to see which tasks everyone could take on. This was always a great start to the week and every week I got to know the people on my team better, which made the internship not feel virtual.
Every week, we had one or two training sessions. These were all extremely interesting and relating to key skills and concepts I could then apply to everyday tasks on the internship. They were led by colleagues and were also very informative. There would also be a Q&A time at the end which enabled us to ask for deeper clarification but also increase our knowledge which I thoroughly enjoyed. There was also some general skill learning, not specific to the line of business, such as presentation skills and LinkedIn profile tips. Those were also very interesting and I can definitely say I have learnt a large amount of new skills.
Despite the internship being virtual, I have definitely been able to gain the office skills needed to work within the company. The training that was provided helped me to deepen my understanding and complete tasks with more ease. I had the opportunity to meet the whole team through some weekly introduction sessions. I was given a good amount of responsibility work wise which I really enjoyed and definitely would prepare me for working at Aon again.
The intern project definitely helped me to understand and learn more about Aon's culture. I had the opportunity to research about a topic which is at the heart of Aon and also had conversations with multiple colleagues to again deepen my understanding. Aon also held some weekly sessions where each week a different individual would share their story and this was incredibly interested as I was able to get to know different areas of the business and different interests such as networks within Aon as a whole.
Despite the internship being virtual, there were so many opportunities to meet new individuals. Starting with the interns themselves through some weekly peer coaching groups. Small group introductions were also set up with the team to meet everyone and discuss common interests and career paths. There were also some great sessions with interns in Asia and the US. We were put into break out rooms through the video call and were able to share knowledge and experiences. Finally, with Aon's buddy system, I was able to have weekly calls with my buddies and ask them a variety of questions.
There are many activities to get involved in outside of work. Firstly just talking at weekly team updates and presenting a current topic. There are also so many networks which you can join at Aon and attend multiple very interesting talks about different subjects. There are many charity opportunities to get involved in as well which truly represents the culture of Aon. The main way to get involved is by sharing interests through networking sessions and opportunities will appear.
14th August 2020