Beginning her Aon career in 2002 in London, United Kingdom, Alex is a long way from her home on the other side of the ocean. As she sits in the beautiful scenic Western Canadian back drop, she reflects on a wonderful career with Aon that has been filled with challenge, diversity and fulfilling client relationships.
Making a dramatic career and life move in 2006 was a big decision for Alex, but one she took with courage and zest. With no immediate family or friends in Canada, she developed most of her relationships with office colleagues. At the time, numbering about 120 associates, the office was filled with eclectic associates from different regions of the globe. Welcoming her with open arms, she adjusted very quickly to the office, the business and the culture of the region.
With a nice mix of rain, sun spring like temperatures and snowy winters, the weather adjustment was quite seamless for Alex.
One of the areas that was discussed during our conversation was the attributes that makes Aon such a special place to work. Alex immediately chimed in with flexibility. During a short period of time where she had to deal with some personal family issues, she was able to work from the London office and spend time near family until she was ready to return to Vancouver.
Adding to that list is a global perspective, strong and personal client relationships and new and challenging work.
It is not often that an organization allows a colleague to take a leap of faith opportunity that allows them to cross an ocean, take on a new domain and let them run with it.
At the conclusion of our conversation, Alex added, “If opportunities arise, try and consider going for those opportunities. You rarely get the opportunity to broaden your skill base; especially a chance to work in another country. What would have happened if I had not done it? I did and it did work out. I say go for it.”
You can’t make a more profound and true statement like that.
Alex has been with Aon for a good part of the last eleven years and as she looks back and reflects on her tenure, she sees a company that has offered challenge, flexibility, independence, change, globalized perspective and the ability to develop and harness strong client relationships.
Listening to Alex only reminded me of the reasons I continue to grow and feel like part of the Aon family. Whether you are in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Africa or the Middle East, Aon brings the world together, one client and colleague at a time.