Ellen
University: Monash University Melbourne, Trinity College Dublin
Degree: Master of International Business; BA, Business Studies and Political Science.
Current job title: Graduate Trainee
Why did you decide to join Aon?

During my tenure studying a Master of International Business in Australia, I came to understand the level of risk faced by multinational companies on a daily basis. By joining a large and exciting company like Aon, I’ve been able to further develop my understanding. More specifically, working in Captive Insurance has really opened my eyes to how transnational corporations manage and insure against the various risks they face.

The most important thing I’ve learnt since joining has been how valuable good teamwork is to providing an unmatched service to our clients. In coming together to work on projects we provide services and solutions to clients that are far superior to anything we could ever produce on our own. The ability to work in such a manner is significantly helped by the great team whom I work with at Aon, who have been welcoming and supportive right from the first day I joined.

What does a typical day look like for you?

While I work primarily on a couple of large client accounts, gaining great hands-on experience in the day-to-day management of their Captives, the advantage of working in the busy Dublin office means that I can be called upon to work on other accounts or Risk Consulting projects.

Aon’s Risk Consulting developments and the Aon Client Service Model are fantastic projects for learning as, through these projects, we devise packages that give clients the best options. It also enables me to gain an insight into the level of innovation that is taking place in Aon. Meetings to devise these packages are attended by various levels of management and my contribution is expected! Therefore it is paramount that I am very familiar with our clients and their needs, ensuring that they get the best service possible.

To summarise, I’d say there is no such thing as a ‘typical day’ at Aon – I prefer to see every day as a brand new opportunity for further professional development and learning.

Chris
University: Aston University
Degree: BSc International Business and Modern Languages (French)
Current job title: Graduate Trainee
What attracted you to working at Aon?

After finishing a four-year BSc in International Business and French, I was eager to undertake a new challenge. I wanted to join a high-performing, reputable organisation which would provide me with the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in an exciting industry, as well as the possibility of working abroad. The Aon Global Risk Consulting (AGRC) Captive Graduate Programme ticked all those boxes.

What does a typical day look like for you?

At Aon in Guernsey, the range of work and exposure is extremely diverse due to Aon’s extensive range of Captive clients. On a day-to-day basis, I spend a lot of time making claim payments, reviewing claims and attempting to adjudicate on whether a given claim should be covered by the insurance policy held by the Captive. This has given me a real insight into the process from when a claim is made by the insured, to how it is dealt with by us as Insurance Managers and, finally, how the insured receives compensation for their loss.

Being in a client-focused environment, I find that the structure of my day could change considerably as client meetings are constantly arising. I assist in preparing presentations and parts of the Board papers, including the minutes and matters arising from previous meetings. I’ve had the opportunity to sit in on a few Board meetings with some of Aon’s largest Captive clients which has given me a real overview of how we, as Captive Managers, are able to provide the best insurance programmes and services for our clients.

Studying towards my ACII qualification is extremely beneficial as I’ve been able to apply what I was learning from my studies to the tasks carried out in the workplace.

I’ve really enjoyed my time as a graduate with Aon. My colleagues have been a great source of knowledge and support and the work has been both stimulating and challenging.