2021 Graduate Development Programme
Joining Marsh means more than a job. We’ll give you the skills and opportunities to enable you to have a successful career in the risk and insurance industry.
We value people who are collaborative, innovative, demonstrate adaptability and learning agility, and who want to make a difference in their workplace and community. The Marsh Graduate Development Programme is an intensive two year experience, designed to attract and develop the next generation of leaders.
From day one, the programme will support, develop, and challenge you. You will be assigned a role in a specific business area which you will be committed to for the duration of the programme. This will allow you to take on real responsibility within the team as you grow your knowledge and skills, tackle real projects, and work with real clients.
A career at Marsh is limitless, with the potential for movement, international placements, continued investment and advancement.
Who We Are
Marsh is a global leader in insurance broking and innovative risk management solutions. We help clients quantify and manage risk — and help them unlock new opportunities for growth. Marsh uses a team approach to address our clients' risk management and insurance needs. Each client relationship is coordinated by a client executive, who draws from our many industry and risk specialties to assemble the resources to analyse, measure, and help manage multiple risks.
When you think of the risks companies face, insurance is an exciting sector covering everything from satellites to ships, skyscrapers and large construction projects to terrorism, cyber, and professional liability. You can learn more about the industry on Discover Risk.
A career with Marsh presents an opportunity to work with clients in any industry sector, all around the world - Marsh’s 30,000 colleagues advise individual and commercial clients of all sizes in over 130 countries. We are a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), the leading global professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people.
Why Join Us
No matter what you studied at university, you’ll have an exciting career with us using your specialist knowledge and skills in a commercial environment. Combined with the ACII qualification and our bespoke Professional Skills Development Programme, you have a great foundation to accelerate your career.
As a Marsh graduate, you will be part of a great working environment with access to buddies, mentors, and an early careers team. We are committed to diversity and inclusion and you can join colleague resource groups focused on areas such as mental health, gender diversity, and young professionals.
We are committed to conducting business in a responsible way at all times, and to supporting the communities in which we live and work through a range of programmes and activities. Every employee gets a paid day off to volunteer.
You will receive employee benefits such as pension, private health insurance, paid holiday starting at 22 days, and flexible benefits options to suit your needs and lifestyle.
The Qualities We're Looking For
We know that you’ve worked hard to achieve your degree but we don’t want to define you by it. That’s why we accept a 2.1 in any degree discipline and focus on getting to know you.
We look for candidates with the following skills and attributes:
- Strong business acumen and problem-solving skills.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to work in teams and cultivate relationships.
- Adaptability and learning agility.
At Marsh, our competitive advantage is our people. Ideas, innovative thinking, relationships, and solutions are imperative for success in our industry. What can you bring?
Our Graduate Programme
Throughout the Marsh Graduate Development Programme you will receive immediate commercial exposure and participate in a structured training and development programme to provide you with an intense and comprehensive introduction to the world of risk and insurance broking.
Graduates begin the programme by attending an induction week in London where they learn about Marsh's organisational structure and strategic vision, as well as meet and network with senior leaders. Over the course of the two years, graduates periodically come together to participate in an outcomes-driven, structured training and development programme which focuses on enhancing professional and leadership skills.
Graduates work towards becoming professionally accredited by completing the Advanced Diploma in Insurance (ACII) by the end of the two year programme.
At Marsh, we understand the importance of a strong support network across the business that is committed to helping you succeed and fulfil your potential. In addition to your manager, graduates are assigned a mentor and buddy.
When you complete the programme, your journey at Marsh is really just beginning. The programme gives you a solid foundation so you can continue to add value and grow as a professional. By this stage, graduates are completely engaged in their role, have demonstrated their credibility, and have built great relationships with their team and clients. They continue to accelerate their careers beyond the programme.
Some graduates may choose to change direction and broaden their skills and knowledge via an internal transfer. A career at Marsh is limitless, with the potential for movement, international placements, continued investment and advancement.
There are four primary areas we recruit into: Broking, Client Executive, Projects and Client Advisory Services in five locations: London, Norwich, South of England, North of England, Midlands, Scotlandand Ireland.
- Broking — Within Broking you could be working within a specialty team to understand all the risks associated with a particular industry and then working with a team to broker a deal.
- Client Executive — As a Client Executive you’ll be liaising with your clients and understanding their business, the risks and what value looks like for them. You’ll then be in a position to advise on the best course of action for their risk management and work with the broking teams to make this happen.
- Projects — Working on Projects means that you will gain exposure across multiple lines of insurance both internally and externally, allowing us to build an extensive network of talented professionals.
- Client Advisory Services — Working for Client Advisory Services, you will work developing and delivering innovative solutions which may include enhancement of risk management approaches, handling of complex claims and use of data-driven analysis to inform a client’s insurance strategy. In order to be considered for this area an A-level in Maths or other numerate discipline is preferable.
The Application Process
Online application: There is an initial set of screening questions which will determine your eligibility for the role, including your right to work in the UK and your academic background. It is very important that you have your academic grades to hand when completing this form and that you input this information carefully. We will then ask you to tell us about you and why you’d be a great fit for the role!
Online testing: We’re looking for graduates who can adapt their learning style, are flexible, and can think broadly. To help us assess this, we utilise an online general intelligence assessment. The assessment takes about 35 minutes to complete and has plenty of practice questions that aren’t timed. Make sure you use these to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for each different component.
Assessment centre: The assessment centre will involve a number of activities such as an interview, presentation and group task, assessing your team working, presentation, communication, and influencing skills. You will also have time to talk to current employees in order to learn as much about your future career as you want to know.
Offer: We’ll call you to confirm your offer and then email your contract to you. You’ll need to complete our background checking process prior to joining.
Start: You’ll complete a one-week induction in our London head office.
Key Dates and Preparation Tips
Applications open: September 2020.
Applications close: January 2021.
Assessment centres: January - March 2021.
Visit your university’s career centre and tap into their resources and services to help you prepare. Especially helpful are CV reviews and mock interviews.
Learn as much as you can about Marsh and how we work with our clients. We do not expect you to be an expert in risk and insurance but you should have a general understanding and interest in our industry.
- Conduct a self-analysis. Why are you interested in Marsh? What skills do you bring to the table?
- Download the discover risk app
- Dress appropriately.
- First impressions count. Don’t be afraid to show your personality and enthusiasm and be yourself.