(former Investment, Risk and Reinsurance Graduate)
Team Insurance Consulting and Technology Life Insurance
Segment Investment, Risk and Reinsurance
Location Gurugram, India
Experience level Apprentice
University University of Delhi, Bachelor in Commerce (honors)
Reading and playing badminton.
Why did you pursue a graduate position with Willis Towers Watson?
As one of the leading and most sought after companies for actuaries, Willis Towers Watson enjoys goodwill in the market. The highly positive reviews of people who work, or have worked, here was the most compelling factor for me in deciding to start my actuarial career here.
Please tell us about your placements within the company so far
I have primarily been involved in life insurance consulting projects, with a bit of exposure in non-life insurance consulting as well. For life insurance consulting, I’ve worked extensively on valuation and regulatory reporting as well as various other aspects of life actuarial work. For non-life insurance consulting, I’ve worked on competitor benchmarking for an overseas insurer.
And your current role?
In my current role as an analyst, my primary responsibility is producing quality work within a defined timeline for various projects. In one year’s time, the scope of my responsibilities has expanded, and now I also get to review the work of my peers.
What was your greatest challenge or learning opportunity in this role?
The main challenge that I face is adhering to deadlines, especially in light of unanticipated events. However, this has taught me how to work under pressure and ensure accurate, high-quality output.
What training and development opportunities have you enjoyed as a result of the graduate program?
The graduate program has been a great stepping stone for my career. As part of my graduate onboarding, I was provided with extensive training sessions and workshops, which helped me build industry knowledge, gain practical insights and learn various software used in the industry.
How would you describe the culture at Willis Towers Watson?
The culture at Willis Towers Watson is unmatched. Everyone works as a team here and is always willing to lend a helping hand. People are hardworking and passionate about what they do, which is conducive to a great work environment. There is also a focus on training and development; everyone has numerous opportunities to learn more and progress in their careers.
What do you like best about working at Willis Towers Watson?
The best thing about working here has got to be the people. The people who work here tend to possess great knowledge and also great humility at the same time. If you need someone’s help, they often take the time to assist you even if they’re loaded with their own work. Everyone loves what they do and is really ambitious, which serves as a source of motivation — especially when you’re just starting out in your career.
What is your hope for your career in the future?
I aspire to become an actuary. I would like to learn and grow, and become a seasoned professional, excelling in my field of interest, which is insurance.
Based on your experience, what advice would you give someone considering employment with Willis Towers Watson?
Research the company well and make sure it’s the right fit for your ambition and career path. If it is, then give it your best shot by preparing well in advance and progressing a bit every day, instead of leaving it all to the last minute.