AGCN Account Executive at Aon

Start Date:
2015
Location:
Chelmsford
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Salary:
£160,000 annually
Review Date:
12th May 2016

Review Score

7.1/10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

9/10

As a AGCN Account Executive, I work within the renewals team where I have been allocated my own number of clients in which I arrange the renewal of their insurance policies. I negotiate with the insurers to meet the client needs and therefore is heavily client facing. I've also had experience in the new business team introducing new clients into the team and identifying the lines of business they may require. As well as this I've heavily worked with the new existing team in which I worked closely with a Business Development Manager to visit clients on meetings and try to place new lines with them and take over from their previous broker.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

9/10

I've passed my first Insurance exam with the Chartered Institute of Insurers which means I am a step on the way to becoming qualified as Cert CII. Working with clients means I have improved my confidence in speaking both over the phone and via email as well as my client handling skills. My overall knowledge of the insurance market has broadened massively since I first begun my apprenticeship and I am now confident with handling my renewals. I've also developed new skills using Marketing and Sales programmes such as Salesforce in which I have become my teams 'genius' for. I have also been on a range of courses where insurers have come in to teach us about exisiting/changing polciies to or internal courses to broaden my knowledge.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

8/10

I thoroughly enjoy coming to work and being in the team in which I am based. I think it exceeded my expectations as I wasn't too sure what working in an office environment would be like, coming straight from a schooling background.

4. How valued do you feel by Aon?

7/10

I feel appreciated by my manager and I have been recognised for my efforts by being rewarded with an Aon Star within my first 6 months of working at Aon. The rest of my team are incredibly supportive and commend me when i do well in particular tasks or jobs assigned to me.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

5/10

The induction was fairly well structured however wasn't particularly enjoyable for myself. The training for my insurance exams have been a bit hectic and badly organised, as the course days started late and we seemed to be rushing through work causing us to fall behind.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?

6/10

My training provider is always responsive via email and is particularly helpful on training days.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?

7/10

My manager is very supportive and approachable whenever I have an issue. I don't have much correspondence with the HR team and I was never allocated a mentor.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?

6/10

My travel costs are particularly low as I drive into work, however doesn't quite cover the necessity to pay for parking as there isn't sufficient parking on site for me to have a space, and I wasn't aware of this when offered the job. As i'm still living at home my salary meets my needs, however they aren't sufficient to help me to move out any time within the next few years as i would wish.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

7/10

Outside of work there are plenty of opportunities including company socials, activities and sporting events.

9a. Would you recommend Aon to a friend? *

Yes

9b. Why? *

I thoroughly enjoy my job and think that it's a super alternative to University as many young people are pressured to go instead of looking for alternatives such as the Apprenticeship Scheme and aren't aware of the benefits of earning and gaining qualifications and experience.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aon? *

To thoroughly research the companies background and what they do and present yourself well in the interview process. Be confident in the assessment days and make a lasting impression on teh interviewers. I would have liked to have been told more about the actual assessment day so I could try to prepare myself more, and also been told more about my actual role in the office before I started the job.

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