1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role is to help the more senior consultants with their day to day work. My day consists of drafting various emails for Trustees/ other departments/ legal teams etc. I really enjoy this work. I also keep budgets up to date, make sure actions logs are updated regualry and help handle member queries.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many skills whilst at Aon: Insides of the Pension industry How to communicate proffesionally to clients How to adapt my presntation when talking to different collegaues. I have also developed existing skills: Time management has improved Work ethic has improved My ability to handle an issue quickly and accurately has improved
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy working at Aon. I personally believe that it is the perfect introduction to the finance inudstry that is out there on the market. The people around me are great people to be around. Especially in my office, the blend of juniors and seniors is perfect, as it gives us more junior collegaues exposure.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I think that this programme is very veyr structured. From the first 2 weeks, we were put in an induction course, which was paid for and was really good for helping us socialise with the other apprentices. To now completing the exams with help form tutors and online courses/webex's. this is a very structed course.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Completing the exams is made much easier because Aon provides tutors and various other things to help us when we are stuck. I have a monthly catch up with a tutor from PMI, who provides taks for me to do, which furthers my knowledge. In regards to ther work, there is lots of support, from my line manager and my buddy, all the way to senior collegeaues offering a helping hand.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
As mentioned before, I recieve more than adeqaute amount of support for my exams. I have a coach who keeps me in line with the course. I also attend webex's, which give us support on areas that may be more difficult to undertsnatd. we also have had 1 tutorial session with a proffressional coach which was very useful.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
The help form the provider has helped me tremendously. I am now managing to connect both my qualifictaion syalabus to my day to day work. this is helping me in my work, and allowing to provide more accurate work and provide it on time, or usually before the deadline sometimes.
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.)
Yes. There are many different things to get invloved with. as a matter of fact, i am part of the social committee. so i am in charge with setting up socials for the office. this allows me to confidently say that Aon is great at give out socials to please the general population.
9a. Would you recommend Aon to a friend?
It is a very good company to work for. personally, I had one criteria that had to be met for me to join an apprenitce programme, and that was to make sure that the company was very big. I say this because the oppurtunities are endless. Especially with Aon, you can go in any direction you like.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aon?
My only and main tip would to be yourself. When i was interviewed, i was honest and told the interviewer that what my criteria was and i would be good for a role like this. i didnt lie and claim to be a pensions master, becuase no one is at the age of 18. be honest and be yourself.
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