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MEET Emma White

Junior Account Executive

(former level 4 Insurance Apprentice)

Team Global Marine, International Trade and Logistics

Segment Corporate Risk and Broking

Location London, United Kingdom

Experience level Apprentice

Personal interests

Sharing time with friends.

Why did you pursue an apprentice position with Willis Towers Watson?

I found out about the apprenticeship through a government website. Even though I had already started at university, the experience wasn’t for me; so I left and set out to look for an alternative. I found the apprenticeship to be the career experience I was looking for, one that could advance my skills and qualifications.

What training and development opportunities have you enjoyed while at Willis Towers Watson?

I have learned about insurance through shadowing colleagues, various training courses and my certification exams. Additionally, having never worked in an office before, I learned day-to-day office skills such as how to use company systems and office communications. My responsibilities as an apprentice change frequently as I gain more experience and knowledge. I have progressed to where I am now involved in renewals, processing and servicing clients.

Can you share a highlight of your apprenticeship experience?

The highlights so far have been building relationships with my colleagues/underwriters and gaining knowledge that helped me pass my exams. I also enjoy seeing new apprentices coming into the programme and being able to answer their questions and help them feel comfortable.

What is your hope for your career in the future?

In the future, I would like to gain more responsibility in my role and one day be able to move into a management position.

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

Having some previous work experience would be an advantage. I would also say to anyone exploring this route: Don’t rule out university too quickly and don’t rule out the apprenticeship too easily. Explore all your options and try to avoid tunnel vision.