1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My course is in Retirement consultancy. Pinning down my day to day work would be difficult as this is frequently changing, which of course, adds to the enjoyment! The majority of the time it involves liaising with various advisers in the process of meeting preparation, controlling and managing the clients accounts via recording and sending invoices for payments, updating the clients regarding any concerns, and tracking member cases. At the time of writing, I have been at Aon for 6 months. In this time, I have been lucky enough to attend an array of client meetings which involved face to face interaction. This of course has been an amazing opportunity.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have definitely learnt a large amount of skills during my short time at Aon. Firstly, before starting this job I had no knowledge of pension scene but due to the nature of this course/program I believe my knowledge is now better than the average person! Learning on the job is extremely useful.
I also believe I have learnt personal skills during my time at Aon. This is mainly centered around adopting a business behavior and coordinating my time. I personally feel the only way these skills can be developed is within the work environment.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy the programme to the extent of looking forward to arriving to work everyday! Everyone I have met at Aon is extremely friendly and supportive. Colleagues go to great extents to ensure I understand each task and portray how it pieces into the greater client picture - which definitely makes you feel valued! My fear when joining as an apprentice would be that I would be 'looked down upon', however this is definitely not the case. After 6 months, I feel like a valued member of the team.
4. How valued do you feel by Aon?
I feel valued by Aon. Fortunately, the people I work with show and explain the impact of each piece of work I complete on the client - I believe this helps show that even as an apprentice you are valued - Aon excels at this.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Extremely well organised. I have endless support both externally and internally.
Aon have a great understanding of training requirements and allocate a certain amount of hours purely to studying, aswell as a certain amount of study days.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My training provider is the PMI. Support is offered in their website and through the option of submitting assignments for marking from a PMI examiner. Although the PMI do offer little in the way of support, Aon have seeked external tutors. My tutor is from FWD Training who is extremely supportive and knowledgeable. I cannot give enough praise to my tutor!
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Aon is extremely supportive. All employees are accessible throughout.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The Salary package at Aon is very good.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Aon have lots of networking events. These have been useful in order to develop relationships with colleagues.
9. Would you recommend Aon to a friend?
My main reasoning is due to the vast experience and opportunities Aon offer on a daily basis.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aon?
I would advise to research about the Companies Employee values / Client Values. This is at the core of working at Aon.
I also believe it's important to research what the job role entitles, especially when joining from school as it's definitely a change!
My biggest piece of advise is enjoy the interview process, the skills I learnt during that alone helped to develop my personal skills, which can be transferred to any place you apply to!
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