Investment Intern at Aon

Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
London
Review Date
Roles
Banking - Investment

3.8/5

The Role
4.2
The Company
4.1
The Culture
2.9

The Role

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

Really enjoyed the internship, was very clear a lot of work had gone in to it to enable interns to gain the most out of the experience. Even virtual I felt I managed to get a good exposure to what the job requires and confirm my interest in the sector. Team were really welcoming and good mix of socials as well to get to know other interns from around the world and within the UK.
5 /5

2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

Felt very valued by my colleagues, was trusted to complete presentations to the team and was trusted to do so again. Also the nature of some of my project work after first discussions they were happy with me to run with it and complete it in the way I see most fitting. Having catch ups within the team where really busy individuals gave a lot of time up to tell me more about what they do was a really nice bonus.
5 /5

3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

Lots of support and guidance was given. Had weekly emails providing updates to what was going on and what needed to be done for the week ahead. Had lots of training sessions which ranged from information sharing and discussions on the companies values, or more technical training which would help give a greater understanding to the job. Every week there was at least two or three sessions aimed at developing skills ranging from Excel to presenting.
5 /5

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

This varied quite a lot, some weeks would be very busy and there would be a lot more work to complete while others were a lot quieter. When I was lighted on work my manager gave me technical reading and then would arrange catch ups to discuss what I found, which enabled me to learn while being quieter. In addition the intern project kept be busy as well as I got to be much more involved with the running of the project.
4 /5

5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

This varied a lot as well, with the nature of being an intern having lots of responsibility was unlikely. However, after proving myself team members were happy for me to contact external people without having to check my emails and certain project work I could do what I believed was best to get it done. The intern project was a good way of speaking to lots of different people from around the company and listen to the views we had.
4 /5

6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

A big area I believe I have improved is my presentation skills, an area I did not believe was my strongest. However, after having the opportunity to present quite a lot this was an area I did not find as daunting any more. So the internship was a really good experience to get me out of my comfort zone. Also being taught so much in the area I worked in really confirmed my interest in the area.
5 /5

The Company

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Due to it being virtual this is much harder to work out. The team seemed to get on very well however missed the social aspect of going for lunch or meeting after work. Although due to it being virutal this must be an issue most internships would have had. Team meetings were still chatty and it was clear the team worked well together and hopefully if I was in the office I would have seen this more.
3 /5

8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

Was organised so well, from the four days of training at the start, to the many training sessions and learning hours. Almost daily there was something on which really helped me get an greater exposure to the company. There were IT issues at the start but these were sorted quickly. Seemed like a lot of work had gone in to it and felt I really benefited from this. Within my team there was work ready for when I joined so i would be busy.
5 /5

9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

Lots of training sessions it was clear the company was investing a lot of time into us. Felt I learnt a lot in this and they were engaging as well with time for questions and interaction throughout. Learnt a lot not just about my sector but the other areas of the business to gain a much greater understanding of the company and the role it plays worldwide. Felt I was learning something new everyday and really expanded my knowledge.
5 /5

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Working from home
4 /5

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

Really appealing after completing the summer internship I really hope to receive a graduate job offer from the company. Seems like an excellent place to progress and develop early on in my career and also provide a good training package. Got to talk to a lot of people about the benefits of completing professional exams and this is something that I really want to do if i rejoin the company. Also likes the idea of joining specialist teams to gain exposure to a different area of the business.
4 /5

The Culture

12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

There was a few socials although would have been nice if there were some more. Very hard to do it virtually but the ones we had were good ice breakers for the team. Had weekly hour catch up with the interns in the division which was really nice to get ot know everyone. If it was not virtual can imagine there would be a lot more events and more chances to meet all the other interns.
3 /5

13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Due to the pandemic this was WFH so was much cheaper as saved the commute.
4 /5

14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Due to the pandemic everything is closed.
3 /5

15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

This was much harder due to the pandemic.
3 /5