GRADUATE
DEVELOPMENT
PROGRAM

Insure Your Future With Willis
GRADUATE
DEVELOPMENT
PROGRAM

Insure Your Future With Willis
GRADUATE
DEVELOPMENT
PROGRAM

Insure Your Future With Willis
GRADUATE
DEVELOPMENT
PROGRAM

Insure Your Future With Willis

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Gemma Northern, University College London
London Office

What do you like the most about working at Willis?

Although Willis is a large organization, as a Graduate you are afforded the opportunity to be exposed to senior management both within and outside of your department. The mentoring program provides a forum for graduates to establish relationships with senior management whom you might not otherwise meet. For example, my mentor is in Reinsurance and I work within the Construction division.

Tell us about the training and development opportunities for graduates.

During the first six months of the UK Graduate program, you are enrolled on various training and development workshops that cover a variety of skills, such as presentation skills and effective business writing. Thereafter, you are encouraged to pursue your own individual training opportunities. Whether this is in computer skills, a particular area of the business that interests you or general market knowledge, the opportunities are available and easily accessible. For example, in May, Willis hosted a four-day construction seminar. I attended as many of the presentations and workshops as possible and gained valuable knowledge which I can utilize in my day-to-day role.

What has been your most challenging experience so far?

In the second year of the program you are assigned a project to work on with your fellow Graduates. I had the opportunity to present our initial case study ideas to senior management from across the Willis Group. While presenting to senior leaders pushed me outside my comfort zone, it enabled me to put my knowledge and acquired skills into action.

Do you have any tips for students considering a career at Willis?

Be yourself – insurance is a very personable industry. You are constantly interacting with either your colleagues, clients or the market. If you are personable, a team player, willing to learn and eager to seek out opportunities, then Willis will be a good fit for you.

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