Man Yee Woo
University:University of Exeter
Degree:Mathematics BSc
Current job title: Actuarial Analyst
What attracted you to the Aon Graduate Programme?

After attending a joint Aon event called “Women in Actuarial and Investment Consulting”, I was intrigued by the role of an actuary and began my journey at Aon with a Summer internship in 2016. The internship allowed me to fully utilise my analytical and mathematical skills that I had developed at university. On top of this, I was able to work with a number of wonderful people who were extremely welcoming and made my experience greatly enjoyable. By the end of my internship, there was no doubt that I wanted to come back to Aon as a graduate.

What have you learnt in your time at Aon?

I have learned something new every day in the 2 years that I have now been at Aon! Aside from gaining a vast amount of knowledge about the pensions industry, I have also learnt to manage a complex and changeable workflow and to recognise the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Aon has an excellent support network and people are always willing to help if you have questions.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I like to start my day by checking my emails and updating my daily worklist. Sometimes urgent work may crop up throughout the day, so it is important to be able to stay flexible and prioritise accordingly. My role involves completing a number of complex calculations in respect of member’s benefits as well as preparing reports for clients to keep them up to date with the funding level of their pension schemes. Now that I have been at Aon for two years, I also spend a lot of time delegating and checking the work of more junior colleagues.

What have you enjoyed most about your Graduate Programme?

Being on the Graduate Programme means that you get to experience the two-week residential introductory training that Aon provides. I was able to meet other graduates from different work streams and gain awareness of other products and services provided by Aon. This also extends into a year-long graduate project, which has enabled me to form strong friendship across the company and keep up to date with developments in different departments. I have also enjoyed the opportunity to study towards a professional actuarial qualification and making the most of the comprehensive study support that Aon provides.

What’s next for you at Aon?

I am planning to take up more responsibilities on my client teams by being more proactive on new projects. I am also looking forward to beginning a secondment with one of our clients, where I will be working part-time at the client’s office alongside their inhouse administration team. In addition, I am exploring opportunities to become involved with the recruitment of new colleagues and also one of Aon's specialist teams. I will also continue to work towards qualification as an actuary.

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

Do your research. Aon does not expect you to know everything about pensions, but it is good to stay up to date with the financial news and understand where Aon stands in the market as well as its principles and values. Above all, while it may sound clichéd, it is important to be yourself and to be clear about your motivation for applying for this role.

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.