1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role within Aon is an Actuarial Analyst, on a normal day i will usually be proding documents that will be sent to clients (which first get checked and scrutinised). It is very rare that two days will ever be the same because a new job will be specific to a client, meaning this will change between jobs. This keeps it very interesting and motivates me throughout the day. I would say that i have thoroughly enjoyed my tuime at Aon so far and I look forward to what work I will have to do in the future
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
In my time at Aon I have learnt many new excel skills, amongst other technological skills. Most recently i believe I have developed in confidence due to speaking with clients on the phone and being confident enough to voice my ideas. Overall I feel I have developed a lot since joining the apprenticeship in september.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I would say I really enjoy the programme as it allows me to learn on the job, which is my prefered way of learning. I have noticed however that there is a lot of exams to come (not just the apprenticeship) which will require a lot of my spare time, plus the hours i will be working. Most of the social outings for the apprenticeship are in or based around London, so it is very far, and very expensive for me to get there.
4. How valued do you feel by Aon?
When I first joined the team I was a bit nervous in the fact that I thought I would be treated as an 'apprentice' and not an ordinary member of the team. But since that day i have been proved wrong and I really feel like i completely fit into the team, and that they trust me when it comes to giving me work. No matter the status of the team member, they will still treat me with the same respect as anyone else.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I feel the programme is structured very well because there is always a skills coach on hand to offer their help to you, with matters that might not be about the work. There are planned dates for group tutorials and monthly catch up meetings to track my progress and to make sure everything to do with the apprenticeship is going ok.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
As mentioned in the comment above, I have set monthly catch ups (via phonecall and face-to-face). But i can always e-mail or ring my skills coaches if I have any problems at all. I feel this is the best I could have hoped for so I'm really pleased with the amount of support from BPP
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Similar to the training provider, if I ever have any questions regarding the apprenticeship or personal matters there are several people who I can go to. Again, I would say I probably couldn't have wished for better support, but I don't know if that is just normal because I haven't been in an apprenticeship before.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Like I said in the previous answer, I have never had an apprenticeship before so I don't really know how good this sort of wage is for an apprentice in this line of business. I feel it meets my costs, but my only problem is that I live a fair way from the office and travel is quite expensive, but as I said, it feels like more than satisfactory package
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I feel thaty there are verty limited opportunities to go out with work. If there are any opportunities they are mostly in London which is very hard to get too. There are a couple of chances to go out with the team every once in a while, but it isnt very often.
9a. Would you recommend Aon to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience here, and I know someone that I feel would be suited to the work I have been doing so far. I have already recommended this programme to a friend.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aon? *
I would say that the candidate needs to do as much preparation as they can, be it a mock interview before hand, researching the company or the apprenticeship. Be confident in what you will say. Even if you think it doesnt sound right, the more confident you are, the better the impression will be.
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