University of Manchester, BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science and Mathematics
What attracted you to the Aon Graduate Programme?
Having completed my Actuarial Science degree, I wanted to apply the skills I accumulated through university in a practical setting, whilst continuing to study towards my professional qualification. Aon has an undeniable presence in the market and offer a generous study package. I had heard how inclusive and welcoming the work culture is and this was evident though the support I had received through the application process. I am very grateful to have been offered a graduate position.
What have you learnt in your time at Aon?
Since joining Aon, I have built a wide network of connections ranging from graduates at my level to senior colleagues working in other areas. Everyone I have encountered has been extremely helpful, answering any questions I have had regarding general progression as well as specific work queries. I have learnt how to balance my work alongside studying towards my actuarial exams and feel that I have integrated well into my teams. My confidence has grown immensely, and I anticipate the development opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Currently I work across both the Corporate and Trustee Advisory teams and hence the work I do can be varied. Typically, I have to manipulate models according to current financial conditions and demographic assumptions to calculate member’s benefits and pension scheme liabilities. I also assist with producing company accounting disclosures. During these unpredictable times, economic conditions can be volatile and the advice we give is more important now than ever.
I was also part of a specialist team that deals with equalising the guaranteed minimum pension between men and women. I will be joining a new specialist team that helps clients transfer their liability through buy-out policies.
What have you enjoyed most about the Graduate Programme?
I enjoyed the Graduate Launch Programme and through it I have learned more about the wider business on a global level. The training equipped me with the actuarial skills needed as well as skills including communication, teamwork and presenting. I also had the opportunity to be involved in a virtual secondment with our teams in India.
I enjoyed meeting my graduate cohort face-to-face in the London office. They were from different locations and business streams and learning about their roles and experiences was very insightful. Throughout the entire programme we also had numerous opportunities to meet and talk to very senior colleagues across the globe.
What’s next for you at Aon?
I hope to progress in my role by taking on various roles of responsibility whilst continuing to study towards becoming a qualified actuary. I aim to be involved in a variety of work and grow personally as well as professionally as an actuary.