Benefits Practice Summer Intern at Willis Towers Watson

Duration
Internship (1-4 Months)
Region
Reigate Greater London
Review Date
Salary
£14,000 - £15,999
Roles
Actuarial

8.3/10

The Role

8.2

Organisation

9.2

Socialising

7.5

The Role

Role Description

I carried out similar work that a new graduate would do. The work varied from day to day. I completed data checks and data entry. I also did a number of calculations and used Excel frequently. We had a non-technical intern project and a individual presentation. There were a number of training sessions.

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

I really enjoyed my internship. We had a number of training sessions which taught me a lot and set me up well to complete the tasks I would be given to do. The team I worked for were friendly and happy to help whenever I had a question. They also gave me interesting tasks to do. This gave me a fantastic feel for the actuarial profession. There were 8 interns at my office and it was great to meet some new people, a number of socials took place while I was there. It was great to get to know your colleagues outside the office.

10/10

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

I felt valued by my colleagues. They really took time to explain the tasks I have been set and explain why that particular task needed to be done. Even if the task was small, I was always given the bigger picture about why it needed to be done. My colleague made sure that the task I was given were varied and interesting.

9/10

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

Whenever I needed guidance, my colleague were always happy to help. I felt supported while working there. My line manager and the recent graduates were very helpful.

9/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

This varied from a day-to-day basis. Sometimes there would be little work to do, however there were booklets I could read that would keep me busy. Other days, I would been given too much work to do. Workload at a consultancy will always be varied.

7/10

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

I was responsible for small tasks. With actuarial work, it is very technical and client specific, so it is very limited on the responsibility that I could be given. I was satisfied with the tasks I was set.

7/10

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

The work I was doing was quite different to my degree. I did develop my time-management skills and my communication skills, which will help me in future.

7/10

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The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The office is open plan and everyone is really friendly. There was always a fun atmosphere in the office. There are cookies and cakes in the tea room everyday and ice creams on Friday. We would do tea-rounds all the time and great to know the people who sat around you. Everyone knew each other well, the atmosphere was light-hearted.

9/10

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

I felt that the internship was organised well. Especially the training sessions.

9/10

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

We had a number of training sessions. I felt that the company really cared about their employees development.

10/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Company Parties/Events
8/10

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

10/10

Social

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

The social scene was really good. We went to the Pub every Friday. There were a number of socials as well, such a Pub Quiz, Mini Golf, Beach Volleyball and a Rounder Tournement to name a few!

10/10

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

Reigate is a small town. There are a number of pubs and restaurants. It is also about a 40 minute train journey to London. I lived at home for my internship, so living costs were cheap. Towers Watson reimbursement travel and accommodation costs.

7/10

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

We normally went to the Pub after work.

6/10

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

There were a number of socials that took place and it was fantastic to get involved with those. The interns also organised one as well!

7/10

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