Whilst doing my degree in Actuarial Science, Willis Towers Watson was well known among students for being one of the best employers for actuaries. I applied for an Investment Consulting internship as I was interested in how large institutional investors make their investment decisions. I enjoyed the internship and decided to start my career with the Willis Towers Watson graduate scheme the following year. The training I have received when I was a graduate was well structured and helpful for understanding more about my role, as well as other functions within the business.
Currently I sit within the Structured Products team, which is a team that is specialised in helping institutional investors such as UK pension schemes hedge the risks that they face. I find it interesting as the role is technically challenging and requires knowledge about market instruments such as swaps and gilts and also a good understanding about our client’s liabilities. On a day to day basis the work I do involves working together with clients, understanding their needs and recommending a solution for them.
I find that the people I’ve worked with are all very helpful and friendly, particularly when I had many questions at the start, which I really appreciate. The seniors around the office usually sit together with the team so we also get to listen to many interesting conversations about work. I personally like working with spreadsheets and models, I like that the role offers that, but also provides on the job training of communicating with people from different teams, as well as clients and investment managers. When I first joined I found it difficult to juggle multiple deadlines during busy periods, but it has certainly taught me how to manage my time and workload better.