Finance Apprentice 2017
Why did you choose to apply to the Markel International apprenticeship?
I knew that I wanted to work for a large company, a publicly traded and Fortune 500 Company certainly ticks that box. I applied to Markel because of its strong, established and respected presence in the global insurance industry, as well as the ‘Markel Style’ as I’ve never seen any other company be brave enough to mention ‘sense of humour’ in their ethos/mission statement, this really flows through to daily life in Markel. The apprenticeship itself was new to the business and there were only a small number of places, I felt this would give me a better opportunity than being just another number at a company which takes on hundreds of young people on different schemes each year.
What attracted you to the insurance industry?
The London Insurance Market is a relatively private industry, it involves some of the biggest and richest companies in the world yet they haven’t been heard of by the general public. We all know about car, travel & home insurance, but I wanted to learn about how the industry works with more unique risks such as natural catastrophes and professional athlete’s bodies!
What has been the highlight of your time at Markel International so far?
I’ve had a number of great opportunities. On a professional basis I would say getting to visit the head office in the US, but on a more personal basis it has to be the Annual Christmas Party.
What advice would you give to someone considering a role at Markel International?
Get on with the application!
What would you say is the biggest benefit of doing an apprenticeship?
Getting straight in and gaining work experience, whilst also gaining a professional qualification, but not having lots of debt at the end of it – simple.
How did you find the recruitment process?
The recruitment process was well organised and timely feedback was given at each stage, this meant that it was helpful regardless whether I was successful or not and that there were no nervous or frustrating waits. I also liked that the assessment centre had a few different parts to the day so the process was completed in one rather than having to visit the office multiple times for short occasions.
What advice would you give to someone preparing for their application and assessment centre at Markel International?
Learn about the company – what are their core values and how do you fit in to them.
Be yourself and don’t search the internet for ‘tips on how to do an application/assessment centre’, Markel wants to employ good people not people that simply copy others.
What is it like to work in the City of London?
I tried the City, and then left for nearer home, and now I’m back I couldn’t be happier with the work/life balance you get from being in the City and the London Insurance Market specifically.
Describe your apprenticeship in one word.