Stephanie
Office location: Birmingham
Joined Aon: September 2015
What attracted you to the Aon Apprenticeship Programme?

The main attraction to an Apprenticeship with Aon was knowing that while I completed my qualifications I had the support of experienced colleagues and an offsite trainer. Aon also provide apprentices with study days for upcoming exams and coursework deadlines which I though was excellent considering the amount of training they also provide. The concept of earn whilst you learn was interesting to me as I wanted to further my education but also gain real life experiences and deal with ever changing situations. Aon is a global organisation that is well established and this meant I felt at ease applying for an apprenticeship with them as I know there will be many different career paths and opportunities for me once I have completed the apprenticeship. Another attraction to Aon’s Apprenticeship Programme was the offering of a well-recognised qualification and the opportunity to continue with higher qualifications once your apprenticeship is finished. The obvious positive about an apprenticeship with Aon is getting paid, this allows me to be independent and gain financial stability.

What have you learnt in your time at Aon?

Within my year at Aon I have learnt technical insurance knowledge and improved my skill set. The main thing I have learnt is to be confident; within myself and my own abilities. The apprenticeship has allowed me to use and improve my skills that I had from previous work experience and also gain new ones. I have been able to apply my CII knowledge to general work queries and this has helped me on a daily basis. Aon has taught me how to be professional and how to adapt to a forever changing environment.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Each day in the office is completely different and totally enjoyable with a constant flow of new experiences and opportunities. A typical day can consist of client calls, independent work, internal meetings or training sessions. Working closely with other colleagues to gain new experiences is also something that I partake in twice a week and this allows me to have exposure to other situations within the office. Catching up with managers and other employees is also something that is done daily and this is when I can ask for help or mention anything I may be unsure on. Although I have only been working for Aon for a year I have already attended and been invited to a variety of different corporate events and had the chance to meet some of the most influential individuals within the insurance market.

What have you enjoyed most about your Apprenticeship Programme?

The most enjoyable element of completing an Apprenticeship with Aon is coming into work every day surrounded by individuals who genuinely want to help you and see you succeed. The environment Aon creates for their employee’s is amazing and everyone is willing to help and share their experiences and listen to any concerns you may have and help you resolve or overcome them. Learning during your apprenticeship is made easy when you work with a group of people who are experienced and knowledgeable and you can use this as inspiration as where you may want to be in the future.

What’s next for you at Aon?

After my apprenticeship I would like to continue studying towards my ACII. Alongside studying I would like to gain more industry knowledge and have more exposure to the market. As an apprentice I have been performing the role of a client service advisor which is answering queries clients may have and speaking to insurers, however in the future I think I would like to gravitate towards a broker role. This role particularly appeals to me as it is about building relationships with insurers and gaining the best premiums for clients which is something I will excel at and thoroughly enjoy. I would also like to look into doing a secondment with Aon, this means I could move to a different office and work there for a couple of months. I think this would be a good experience for me as it would mean stepping out of my comfort zone and meeting new people and working in a different environment.

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

My advice to someone who may be considering applying for an Apprenticeship with Aon would be to absolutely go for it! When completing the application I would advise people to speak openly about their strengths and list any experience you may have had, as no experience is a bad experience. Although you need to tell the truth you need to sell yourself to Aon and let your personality come out in your application and throughout the process. The recruitment process for me was very enjoyable as it was set in a calm environment; this allows you to showcase your skills to the best of your ability. After the application is complete you will be asked to attend as assessment day, although this sounds daunting it is actually very enjoyable. Overall you will have a fun day, and if nothing else you will gain experience from attending. The assessment day will also help you decide whether Aon is the right place for you to work so I advise anyone to be themselves and put their all into it.

Application timetable

Applications open: 3rd December 2018
Application deadline: 1st April 2019
Assessment centres: March 2019 to June 2019