1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
i work in the retirement team, we manage pension schemes on behalf of trustees. Day to day i answer member queries, these commonly come in the form of transfer values, where members wish to remove their benefits from the scheme, i help in valuations of the pension schemes by drafting reports too.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
i have developed my confidence, often i will have to contact third party teams such as administrators or auditors, this has given me the confidence to pick up the phone and speak to people i don't know. i've learnt technical skills through my job too, e.g. the effect different assumptions have on a schemes funding position.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
i enjoy the technical side, the graduates in our team began at the same time as me and had wider financial knowledge, but through the training sessions ive recieved, i feel more confident in explaining actuarial concepts, i also enjoy working for Aon as i feel they genuinely care about their colleagues.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
the programme is extremely well structured, we were given two weeks on residential training before beginning work at Aon, this included a gentle introduction to the retirement department and the role i would be filling, the training provider BPP offer additional study help if needed, i feel as though i have several colleagues, internally and externally to help me.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I do recieve training sessions from my employer. However, i wish I recieved more, i'm excited to learn about different sides of retirement and feel as though Aon could faciliate this better by hosting more of these sessions, i feel I recieve enough support when studying for my professional exams
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
i recieve enough support from BPP, if ever i ask for additional help, i know it will be provided, however the quality of some of the tutorial days could be improved. they were very intensive full day sessions, i feel as though BPP could have made them more interactive and engaging then they were
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
i feel as thoughmy training provider help me to complete the technical side of my job role, the manipulation assumptions and its effects of calculations being one of them. another part of my qualification is to complete a skills log, i feel this helps to develop the professional side to my job role.
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.)
we are a very social office in London, Aon offers a varitey of social activities, ive played in their 5 a side football team which i enjoyed, we have a monthly Yoga class as well as netball, i like that there is a range of activities to suit different colleagues.
9a. Would you recommend Aon to a friend?
I enjoy working here as its a friendly environment, i feel comfortable asking for help. i feel appreciated in my team and i enjoy the work i complete, the office has an amazing view and my commute is pleasant. Overal i'm enjoying working at Aon and would encourage my friends to apply
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aon?
be yourself, Aon values individualism, having a diverse team brings different ideas to the table. if youre passionate about working for Aon, they will be keen to have you as a member of any team, showing initiative is key, bringing new ideas to the table will be recognised as a key quality to Aon.
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