Sian
University: Cardiff University
Degree: BSc Mathematics, Operational Research & Statistics
Current job title: Consultant
What attracted you to working at Aon?

I originally joined Hewitt in 2010, the takeover by Aon was announced shortly after. I saw this as an excellent chance to be part of a global firm with far-reaching opportunities.

Starting as an Analyst I was exposed to each part of what my department did. From here, I could focus on those elements that interested me the most. Coming from a maths background I was most interested in the financial analysis work that New Bridge Street does, the opportunity to work with statistical models and build on my knowledge from university was very appealing.

What have you learnt in your time at Aon?

My time at Aon has increased my commercial skills which was one of my objectives when I joined the company. Aon has also helped me build my presentation skills and provided me with the opportunities to present in front of clients.

A personal highlight of mine is when we help our clients’ HR Team draft their Remuneration Report which forms part of the annual report and accounts. Seeing my hard work come to fruition and having investors feedback positively on our contributions is hugely rewarding.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Typically, I will receive a number of emails from clients that I will need to respond to. During the day I could be working on remuneration benchmarking, statistical analysis and modelling of the value of equity awards, writing presentations or shareholder communication materials. However, no two days are the same at New Bridge Street and this is one of the features of my job I enjoy the most.

What have you enjoyed most about your Development Programme?

One of the great aspects of being part of such a large Development Programme of a multinational company is the opportunity to meet people from hugely different areas of the business with a diverse range of cultural backgrounds. Getting their views on what makes Aon united helps to create networks that improve the business for everyone.

How do you see your career progressing?

The opportunities within the Aon business are vast, so my career can develop in a multitude of directions. My business provides me with the support I need to quickly progress and achieve my goals.

What advice would you give to someone considering applying?

Aon is a great place to work and is filled with great people. When you’re applying be enthusiastic and remember to show an understanding of the business you are applying to.

Aoife
University: University of Durham
Degree: History and French
Current job title: Analyst
What attracted you to join Aon?

I joined Aon Hewitt's Talent Team in September 2015. After university I knew I wanted a client-facing role in a sector of business focusing on people and people skills. I had done internships in HR but learned from them that I wanted a more external facing and fast-paced role in a consulting space.

I also wanted to be able to utilise my French, which has worked perfectly as many of our clients have their headquarters in France. More generally Aon attracted me as a global company that works across many industries and therefore offers candidates high potential for growth and development.

What does a typical day look like for you?

On a typical day in my role I spend around 2-3 hours in direct contact with the client. We offer clients a wide range of products: engagement surveys, personality assessments, 360 feedback tools, workshops and more, so the conversations I have are wide ranging but always geared towards meeting the client's needs as far as possible.

I would also usually spend time on project organisation and implementation, as well as having internal meetings with my colleagues to make sure all of our projects are on track.

How have you been supported?

Within the Talent Team there is no formal qualification that is supported by Aon. However I have had a mentor and a buddy since I arrived who have provided me with a great support system. My team are fantastic and I really feel I can ask any question of them (no matter how silly it may appear to me!) and line managers also offer valuable support. Finally by joining as a graduate you will automatically be part of the graduate network, able to communicate and develop relationships with around 70 others who will be going through the same programme as you.