Tell us about your internship and why you chose WTW as your employer.
My internship program is based out of Taguig City, Philippines, and it is a combination of software development and software engineering. Specifically, I work on WTW’s compensation software, and my main responsibilities include working on client assignments. This has presented me with the opportunity to develop both my technical and soft skills through training and hands-on projects. Initially, I had the luxury of having internship offers from different companies, but my interview experience at WTW stood out to me. I was impressed with the culture and positive attitude the managers had shown, as well as their expectations and challenges for me as an intern. The idea of getting to experience WTW’s business and corporate setting with immediate exposure to client assignments and real-life challenges so early in my career intrigued me. Getting that kind of exposure, while being guided and supported along the way sold the deal for me.
Describe your work style and explain why this is ideal for you.
My work style is remote, which works for me because I had already gotten used to taking online classes. Remote work is great because I get to work from the comfort of my own home and environment, with the company of my family. It’s particularly beneficial to me because since the pandemic I have been residing with my family in our province which is quite out of the way; it would be about a four-hour drive if I had to go into the office. Since starting this program virtually, I’ve still gotten to know my team well and have quickly been able to learn their ways of working and how to collaboratively approach assignments. Lastly and most importantly, WTW’s flexible work styles have ensured that I maintain a healthy work-life balance.
What is it like so far working at WTW?
So far, working at WTW has been very exciting considering this is my first internship experience. When I first joined, I was pleasantly surprised by WTW’s diverse culture and values since they were different than what I was accustomed to at my university. WTW takes great care and invests in their interns in the same way that they would their experienced hires. So far, I have faced some challenges, which is expected as an intern, but my team has been nothing but supportive and positive while ensuring that we get the job done effectively. Everyone has been approachable and the collaboration within the team allows everything to go smoothly. What has particularly made a lasting impact on me were the instances where my team members, by choice, would stay at work longer than scheduled to help me with anything I may have been facing difficulties with.
How have you developed since the start of your internship?
My growth and development have been apparent. Not only have I been doing technical work and working on client assignments, but I have also constantly been developing my communication and collaboration skills. My programming skills, problem solving skills and communication skills have all improved but most importantly I developed more confidence in myself. Being at WTW has been a constant learning process and my colleagues have given me plenty of feedback that has contributed to my development as well. I appreciate that although I’m an intern, I have been involved in many opportunities, real client assignments and tasks.
What is your goal upon finishing the program?
My goal for my internship program at WTW is to develop, learn and experience as much as I can – to have gained the necessary background knowledge for my development and future career, to have built lasting relationships and connections, and to have maximized my technical and soft skills. I want to have challenged myself to reach new limits and to receive as much feedback as possible to grow and prosper.