What attracted you to the Aon Graduate Programme?
I was intrigued by the prospect of a career in risk management which is what sparked my interest in Insurance. Having the opportunity to rotate through different areas of the firm particularly appealed to me as it meant I could maximise my learning on the scheme as much as possible.
What have you learnt in your time at Aon?
I have learned a lot since I joined Aon back in September through training courses, team rotations, industry lectures, and studying towards the CII qualification. Training courses have covered the insurance market in depth and other areas such as portfolio analysis, catastrophe modelling, and how to develop a suitable reinsurance program for a client. Aside from this training, rotating through teams has proved to be a great opportunity to learn about the insurance business more broadly. For example, working on client accounts within the American Property Treaty team enabled me to develop my understanding of our client’s approach to managing their exposures against threats such as wildfires in California.
What does a typical day look like for you?
A typical day can vary from team to team. In the American Property team during renewal season a considerable amount of time is spent meeting with underwriters in Lloyd’s of London to discuss our clients’ placements. Towards the end of the day we liaise with our Aon colleagues in the U.S over phone calls to discuss our progress on the placement. If our clients are visiting to meet with insurers in London, then typically the day is spent facilitating those meetings for our client and socialising over dinner in the evening which is always an enjoyable experience.
What have you enjoyed most about the Graduate Programme?
There is a lot of opportunity to learn as well as support to help you to grow as a professional on this graduate programme. I’ve enjoyed the exposure of working with our clients, meeting underwriters and others across the market from very early on in the scheme. I have also enjoyed studying and learning Law as part of the CII qualification, although it was daunting and challenging at the time. I had considered studying law at university but took a different path, so I welcomed the opportunity to be able to do so now. It is also a very social industry, I’ve met a lot of great people including the other graduates in my cohort, some of those have become good friends of mine outside of work which is great.
What advice would you give someone applying for the 2021 Graduate Programme?
I would recommend doing your research as much as possible. Insurance is everywhere, and it is an interesting time for the industry given the significant disruption caused by Covid-19 and with Brexit on the horizon. Secondly, I would suggest making the most of LinkedIn and reaching out to Aon colleagues who you have met at our recruitment events or assessment centres, it is never too early to start building your network.