Anna
University: Queen Mary University of London
Degree: Mathematics with Psychology
Current job title: Actuarial Analyst
What attracted you to the Aon Graduate Programme?

I initially applied for the summer internship at Aon which I completed after my second year at university. I was attracted to the prospect of studying and working simultaneously (as the actuarial exams take between 3 and 6 years). The positive climate I experienced during my internship was the determining factor in my decision to accept the graduate role.

What have you learnt in your time at Aon?

I have gained a lot of technical knowledge in the pension field and learned what is important when monitoring the funding level of pension schemes. Furthermore I have improved my understanding of the design of different pension schemes and how we can improve and modify this whilst taking the legislation and member’s interests into account.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I typically start my day between 8am and 9am (we have flexible working hours so this is my individual choice) and on a typical day I will spent about 8 hours working. I have a choice to work either from home (or a regional office) or in the London office, where I have to be at least 3 days a week. Most days are split between meeting people for catch ups or delegating and being delegated work as well as desktop and some non-desktop based work. On top of that I have regular study days and occasional training days so on average I am in the office and at my desk about 50% of my weekly hours.

What have you enjoyed most about your Graduate Programme?

It is great how many people you meet. Especially as there are so many other young people in the office it has a bit of a “back to school” feeling. You have lunch with your friends in the office and there is lots of opportunity to socialise in and out of the office. I also enjoy my free-time a lot and this might sound strange but being on a well organised graduate scheme means that when you leave the office you are actually free (apart from study periods). During university I had two part time jobs and in a way work was never ending; now I can enjoy my evenings and weekends when I leave the office.

What’s next for you at Aon?

For now my goal is to qualify as an actuary. I could also see myself getting involved in managing people and the hiring process (assessment centres, interviews etc.) furthermore I am constantly getting more responsibility on my client teams and I am now moving from doing to checking work.

What advice would you give to someone considering applying for the upcoming Aon Graduate or Internship programme?

Spent some time on research! It may seem tedious now but it will be worth the time in the long run. Aon offers lots of different roles and they are all very different. It can be hard to understand the differences and therefore it is a great idea to start with an internship, to get a better idea of what it is like to work in an office environment. The offices are all open plan and therefore an internship is also a great opportunity to talk to people outside of your business area.

Natalia
University:University of Edinburgh
Degree:Biology
Current job title: Associate Consultant
What attracted you to the Aon Graduate Programme?

When I started looking into becoming an actuary, Aon immediately caught my attention due to their excellent study support policy, as well as their focus on creating and maintaining an inclusive culture. Also, my experience of the selection process was very positive and the people at the assessment centre were some of the nicest I’ve ever met.

What have you learnt in your time at Aon?

Every day is different and it is very important to be flexible and open to new challenges. You need to manage your time well as you are tackling work and study at the same time.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I provide support to consultants who advise companies and trustees of pension schemes. Most of the day tends to involve performing complex calculations and communicating the results effectively to the client through a report, email or presentation. On average, one day a week is reserved for studying for the actuarial exams, which can be quite demanding at times.

What have you enjoyed most about your Graduate Programme?

Aon offers a very supportive atmosphere, and although I felt out of my depth when I started, everyone was really approachable and helpful when I didn’t understand something. I’ve really enjoyed the fact that you are treated like a normal member of the team from the moment you start and get given opportunities to get involved in a wide variety of projects right away.

What’s next for you at Aon?

After my first year, I look forward to getting involved in more complex projects and taking on more responsibility. Another priority is working towards qualification and continuing to expand my knowledge of the field of pensions.

What advice would you give to someone considering applying for the upcoming Aon Graduate or Internship programme?

Be yourself and do your research. While technical skills are important, a future consultant also needs to demonstrate good interpersonal skills and an interest in current developments and affairs.

Application timetable

Applications open: 1st October 2018. We will open applications for our 2020 Graduate Programme in September 2019.
Application deadline: Applications for our 2019 Graduate programme are now closed.
Assessment centres: Assessment Centres have now finished for our 2019 Graduate Programme. We will begin Assessment Centres for our 2020 programme in November/December 2019.

Events

Aon will be attending careers fairs, skills sessions and presentations throughout the autumn.
Please check back later for the list of 2019 Autumn events we will be attending.