1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
- Managing the client in relation to Pension Schemes - Organising Trustee meetings and preparing meeting packs and issueing these prir to the meeting - Liaising with advisers to ensure that the work is being progressed - Attending meetings to discuss current issues the trustees may have in relation to Pension Schemes - Preparing the annual business plan, scope of services - Keeping up to date the governance documents such as the risk register, opportunities register, conflicts of interest register to help manage the scheme effectively. -
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
- Yes i have developed many skills but i think the main skills i have developed is communication skills and interpersonal skills and how to act like a business professional as i have attended meetings already at such a early stage in my career. - I have learnt how to work effectively in a team, by having measures to review work to minimise mistakes to ensure the client Pension Scheme is effectively managed.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
- I enjoy many aspects of my role such as delivering good client service by working as a team to provide this good client service and always looking to improve it. - I also enjoy the many opportunities i get as part of being on the programme which help me to develop. - I enjoy the development part of the programme, as developing every day allows me to feel satisfied that i a constantly learning news skills and tasks.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
- Very structured, with internal teams to aid with my development allows me to and see clear levels above myself which helps to motivate myself. - Not only this, with regular catch-ups with my training provider allows me to stay up to date with work and discuss any issues. - With study days in place allows you to set aside a particular time each week to ensure you are preparing for you exam which is important.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
- Alot, there is so many different people i can speak to whether it be my manager, any one around the office, there is lots of support in my office in particular. With a very open enviroment allows me to receive support as and when I need it. - With Aons buddy programme allows you to develop a open relationship wit your buddy which is effective as it provides you with support where sometimes you might not need to go to your manager.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
- Alot, with regular catch-ups allows me to discuss any issues that i have along with any gaps in my knowledge. - I complete regular tasks and then discuss the feedback within the catch-up which aids my development. - I have recently had a training day for my first exam which was very well structured to which my mentor oversaw the training day which is important as he understood what was discussed so I could clarify any particular questions I had in my catch-up with him.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
- I think it allows me to understand my role better and the tasks day to day that i am completing and why i am doing them which allows me to perform better as i understand the value that this brings to the client. - The time away from client works help to build my Pension knowledge which is important when I get asked questions at trustee meetings to have this background knowledge.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
- There is football on a tuesday which i regularly attend which helps me to build personal relationships with members of the office which is important. - There are also many social activities such as christmas social which again builds these personal relationships even further and i believe are important. - There are many other extra-curricular activites such as bbqs which i look forward to in the summer. - Last week i took part in a ping pong competition with the Aon Epsom Office which was very fun on a Friday lunchtime.
9a. Would you recommend Aon to a friend?
- Aon is strong and places great importance on developing young individuals with the aim to become senior consultants and with a open working enviroment is the best enviroment to allow you to develop as you feel you can ask anyone any questions you may have on a particular piece of work.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aon?
- Apply early and research the role to ensure it suits your qualities and then prepare for the different stages effectively to ensure that you are successful in your application. - Work experience in the selected field can be useful prior to applying to understand what you are signing up for which will help you to understand the skills and qualities required.
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