Kate
University: The University of Kent
Degree: BSc Economics
Current job title: Analyst
What attracted you to working at Aon?

I joined Human Capital Solutions in September 2019 within the Executive Compensation division. What attracted me to working at Aon was both the opportunities that come with a global professional services firm and the client facing aspect of consulting, giving me a chance to work across different countries and sectors. Aon also have a comprehensive graduate scheme, something I was looking for in a potential employer as it would give me the opportunity to interact with graduates in different areas of the business.

My interest in HR and reward developed through my university degree so a graduate role in Human Capital Solutions was a great fit for me.

What have you learnt in your time at Aon?

I have seen a massive improvement in both my technical and soft skills. Through work for clients I have been able to improve my analytical and commercial skills, allowing me to communicate results and policy effectively with clients. The structure of the Development Programme has also strengthened my networking and presentation skills.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Due to the nature of the job no two days are the same. I can be spending my time doing research into different areas of reward policy, completing analysis for a client project or presenting results. Aon also provide a huge amount of training, so I am often attending training sessions in person or online.

How have you been supported?

Aon have always been hugely supportive of my development and success. On my first day I was assigned a buddy who has joined the graduate scheme the year before, who I could go to with any queries. I’ve also always had support from my wider team, they all have different backgrounds so have been able to provide a great insight to different areas of reward. Joining the Development Programme has also provided an invaluable support system of fellow graduates.

What have you enjoyed most about your Development Programme?

Absolutely meeting the other graduates, it was nice joining a large company like Aon with 100 others from around the country in the same position. The graduate away days that Aon put on have been a great way to learn more Aon and the different services they provide.

How do you see your career progressing?

So far, I’ve already had the opportunity to work within three areas of Human Capital Solutions; Executive Compensation, General Rewards and McLagan (financial services). I’m excited to fully specialise in general reward consulting and have more responsibility in future client projects.

What advice would you give to someone considering applying?

Do your research! Look into what Aon do and specifically within Human Capital Consulting. Having good commercial awareness of what is going on in the reward market is also a great sign of enthusiasm.

Sophie
University: University of Bath
Degree: BSc Psychology
Current job title: Senior Associate Consultant
What attracted you to working at Aon?

I joined Aon in July 2017. I was initially attracted to Aon as it is a large, global firm and as a result can offer many opportunities for development. I also wanted to experience the fast-paced environment of consulting and have the opportunity to work with a wide range of different clients in the process.

What have you learnt in your time at Aon?

I have learnt a lot already during my time at Aon, including job specific skills but also more transferable skills such as commercial awareness, presentation skills, project management and how to effectively build client relationships, all of which you begin to develop from very early on in your career at Aon.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I’m not sure there is anything such as a typical day, as each day can be very varied and different to the last. However, on the whole my day is spent responding to client requests or queries, either via email or over the phone, working on remuneration benchmarking, statistical analysis and designing and modelling the impact of new compensation programmes for a client. This can either be individually or working with colleagues in order to work through a solution.