1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an apprentice insurance broker working within the Financial Services Team. I have a lot of interaction with my team as they all have different areas of expertise to teach me. This means that my daily tasks can range from contacting clients to collecting & analysing financial data on spreadsheets which is collated by my manager to inform decisions for the whole business unit. I am yet to be fully involved in any projects but I have experienced from aspects of them and will continue to become more involved as I progress.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
As I have been writing emails everyday I have become much more confident and proficient at writing these which is an extremely important part of the job. Meeting new people when I visit the London office and external clients helps improve my confidence and ability to maintain relationships with others. I am studying towards my first level of Chartered Insurance Institute qualifications which is continuously broadening my knowledge of the insurance market.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
My team have been understanding and extremely welcoming from my first day. They are very keen for me to learn as much as possible and progress. The culture within the office and company is very sociable and a pleasure to work in. The experience so far has exceeded my expectations.
4. How valued do you feel by Aon?
I have regular chats with my manager on a fairly informal basis where he asks me how I'm getting on and if my colleagues are keeping me busy with work to do etc. My team always seem grateful for my help whenever they ask for it.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The induction was two weeks long which may sound extensive but it was completely necessary and was an excellent chance to meet all the apprentices as we were all in the same position and it eased us in gradually. Since starting, we have had scheduled revision sessions every month for our first exam and this will continue throughout our apprenticeship whilst we are studying. The hierarchy within my team is very clear. I feel as though I have been guided very well so far by all peers.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
From day one support has always been availible to me from a range of sources. My training provider for the CII examiniations is always welcome to questions
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My manager and colleagues have been very supportive and encourage me to ask questions whenever I need to. I am fully aware that the HR team are always availible and more than welcome to offer support in a time of need.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary is enough to meet all the costs that I incur on a monthly basis
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I have volunteered with the Spiral Workshop, which works with Aon to inform potential apprentices (sixth form students) of the ins and outs of an apprenticeship at Aon and give them some insight into the job to try and encourage them to apply for the programme. I have met several clients outside of work as maintaining relationships in the market is paramount to being able to create business for Aon and retain business as well. Meeting clients is very exciting and is something you have to make the most of and try be as impressionable as possible.
9. Would you recommend Aon to a friend?
This a fantastic opportunity which not many other companies would offer to someone at such a young age. All my peers that I have spoken to recognise this as a golden chance to get a head start in life and gain vital experience in a job market that is becoming forever more competitive. Aon will invest alot of time and money in to you which will hoefully propell your career in financial services in the future. Solid foundations for any career.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aon?
Managers who interview you aren't expecting to know a vast amount of knowledge about the insurance market, but I would reccomend you know 3 to 5 key facts about Aon as a whole and it's useful to know the bare minimum of how the insurance market (including Lloyd's on London) operates i.e. who are the key people involved. On the assessment days do not be too outspoken but make sure your voice is heard and you can show that you are worthy of the job.
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