James
Joined Aon: September 2017
What attracted you to the Aon Apprenticeship Programme?

During my final year of A levels, I realised that I was ready to begin my career, I knew I wanted to work in finance but I wasn't sure in which field. I did some work experience for a local pensions advisory firm which gave me some insight into what retirement planning actually is! Professionals in this industry have a lot of responsibility to help people across the UK get the most out of their life-long savings to enjoy retirement, I applied to Aon because it would put me in the best position to work with Trustees and Companies to help their members achieve their retirement goals.

What have you learnt in your time at Aon?

I believe working straight out of sixth form / college 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.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Working in a Company as large as Aon means you will rarely have two days the same, one day I could be preparing a prospective client presentation, the next could be working within my client teams to provide reports for colleagues to present at meetings.

What have you enjoyed most about your Apprenticeship Programme?

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.

What’s next for you at Aon?

I will continue with my studies with the view to finishing my apprenticeship in early 2019. I am aiming to fully join the Defined Contribution pension team based in London in the next few years.

What advice would you give to someone considering applying for the Aon apprenticeship programme?

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.

Application timetable

Applications open: December 2018
Application deadline: Monday 1st July 2019
Assessment centres: Ongoing, will continue to take place until all roles are filled