We spoke to Bright Network member Taran about a Spring Insight he completed in April 2017 with Financial Services firm WTW. He's currently studying Economics at the University of York, and took the time out of studying, and applying for graduate roles, to answer a few questions we had about his experiences.
Why did you choose WTW and what led you to the spring insight in particular?
After my first year at university I thought it would be really helpful to get some sort of insight into the different careers out there, as it’s not easy to work out what you want to do based solely on researching those careers online – it’s much better to get a real insight into what working at the firm might be like. I applied to some investment, consultancy and asset management roles amongst others, and was invited to apply for the WTW Spring Insight.
How did you find the Spring Insight?
It was great! WTW tried really hard to make sure I got a really strong insight into the kind of things I might expect to be doing should I choose a career with them. I was impressed at how friendly and welcoming everyone was, and feel I learned a lot.
What did the application process involve?
It was pretty standard to be honest - it started with some psychometric tests online, followed by a video interview. As I applied to several firms I’ve got quite a lot of experience in these, so it wasn’t too bad. Video interviews were a slightly odd experience when I first started doing them, but you get used to them quickly.
How did you prepare for the application process?
I did the usual research, so lots of online preparation for the sort of questions you might get asked in an interview, and also spent time learning about the company’s core values and beliefs.
What advice would you give to fellow Bright Network members?
Doing a Spring Insight really helped me to decide what sort of sector I’d be interested in, so I’d definitely recommend trying a few out to work out what you want to do, as it’s not easy otherwise. I’d also recommend going to networking events, as those can be really useful.