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MEET Pei Wang

Actuarial Analyst

(former Life Intern)

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Team Insurance Consulting and Technology, Life insurance team

Segment Life and Annuity

Location Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.

Experience level Intern

University University of Connecticut, Master in Applied Financial Mathematics

Personal interests

I am passionate about learning, travel (anywhere I haven’t been is attractive to me) and music.

Why did you pursue an internship with Willis Towers Watson?

Willis Towers Watson was on the top of my list as I had been aware of its name and reputation for years. Consulting was the area I knew I wanted to explore.

What was your experience of the application process?

It was positive. The responses I got from the recruiting team were always quick and clear. The online application process was easy to follow.

And of the internship itself?

My responsibilities included sorting and analyzing data, making clear outlines and summaries, and communicating efficiently to managers and clients. I participated in major projects, which included summarizing data on provider assumptions on pricing models, rates and the like, as well as reviewing tech reports and conducting an analysis of potential outsourcing clients.

What training and development opportunities have you enjoyed as a result of the internship?

I gained professional skills and knowledge and improved my communication skills. Every project I took part in, every discussion I attended, every colleague I worked with — contributed to the overall educational experience.

Is there anything about the internship that you found really challenging? What support did you have to overcome those challenges?

It was somewhat overwhelming at first to realize that, as an intern, I had full responsibility for a specific part of a project. Getting used to a new role initially felt challenging, and I wasn’t sure if I was understanding things correctly or delivering things as expected. But all my peers and managers were so encouraging. They gave me positive feedback and full credit for doing my part. All this helped me feel supported throughout my internship. I felt appreciated and trusted by my team, which made me want to work harder.

What were the highlights of your internship experience?

The outsourcing case I worked on was creative and interesting. We needed to analyze the financial data, strategic information and human resource strategy of potential clients. We used various information sources to create benchmarks for pursuing new business and making deals. It was a great opportunity for me to solve open-ended, real-world problems from the ground up.
I also enjoyed getting to work with nice, friendly people who were always open to questions and offered help when I needed it. As an intern with limited knowledge, they were always patient with me and taught me a lot. Also, the company provided a great deal of support for me to continue my course of study and take certification exams, which I very much appreciated.

How would you describe the culture at Willis Towers Watson?

The culture is flexible and respectful. Working on multiple projects while studying for my exams required good time management skills. People and management are flexible — you get to make your own plan as long as you can deliver your work on time.

What is your hope for your career in the future?

I look forward to studying and passing exams so I can get industry certifications. I’d like to explore different business lines and work toward becoming an expert in the insurance industry, and pursue a consultant role.

Based on your experience, what advice would you give someone considering an internship at Willis Towers Watson?

Be willing to learn quickly. Working in a consulting company can be diverse and intense, and you have the opportunity to try different roles on different projects. You should take the initiative and be confident, as the work moves quickly. Know you were hired for a reason and are there to make a contribution. Every single day can be your opportunity if you are willing to take it in and enjoy it.
You’ll feel comfortable and appreciated working here.