1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I speak to clients about their needs on their defined benefit pension schemes, this includes giving recommendations around risks they face in covenant, investment, funding and longevity.
I also work on Defined contribution pension schemes which includes setting investment strategies, reviewing members' fund ranges and helping employers improve the inefficiencies in their default lifestyle profiles.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt to become more personable and confident when communicating with people i have no relationship with. I have also learnt to keep track of my own personal finances to a greater degree. I have grown massively more independent over the 18 months and i have had the opportunity to travel across the UK.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really like working with so many different people in a corporate environment across the UK. This includes some of the best minds in the industry and very impressive people. In addition, our clients are extremely friendly and really helpful in educating and appreciating the younger colleagues such as apprentices.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
i get very regular communication with my training coach as much as i need and a lot of support from Aon in terms of study. I am allowed 5 study days per exam i take, we also get professional tuition courses from members of the exam body that the apprenticeship is registered with.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Aon supports me to continue with my studies with the view to finishing my apprenticeship within the 18 months timeframe. I am aiming to fully join the Defined Contribution pension team based in London in the next few years and Aon is very supportive of taking further exams to help my personal development.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
Since joining the programme I have learnt a lot, it makes such a huge difference working in a firm that employs some of the best and brightest people in the industry, and knowing that over time I can provide similar value to our clients. My training provider helps me work with these people who i may otherwise find intimidating
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I believe working on a professional qualification puts you in a strong position to develop skills you want to have. There are opportunities in the workplace to take on a lot of responsibility and colleagues expect you to work independently to deliver results. I think you get a lot greater choice to develop the skills you want and the skills you will actually use in your career.
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, in our office at Aon there are many extra-curricular events such as 5 a side football, weekly running clubs, yoga clubs, charity fundraising teams and annual inter-company competitions. There are new events released every month and if somebody takes an interest in something they can drive this however they choose.
9a. Would you recommend Aon to a friend?
Since joining the programme I have learnt a lot, it makes such a huge difference working in a firm that employs some of the best and brightest people in the industry, and knowing that over time I can provide similar value to our clients. Everybody is really friendly and really cares about your personal development
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Aon?
I would suggest that if you are in a similar position to me, then there is no downside to applying. Even if you end up going to university, the interview experience and connections you will build up will certainly help you later in life. There are few opportunities that give you so many professional skills that also give you incredible future career prospects.
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