Nicola Hatfield, Trainee Underwriter, AXA XL

How did studying at Pearson College London help you get into the world of business?

Regular industry days gave me an idea of what kind of industry and working environment I wanted to be in. I managed to secure various work experience through the connections I made during these industry days which gave me plenty of relevant experience to talk about at interviews. Also, the way in which you are assessed at Pearson gives you more relevant business skills (report writing / presenting) which might help you stand out against grads from other Universities.

Where have you gone on to work and what is your role?

I secured a place on the AXA XL graduate scheme where I am currently a trainee Underwriter.

What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment I am working in the Cyber team.

What lessons have you learnt during your time studying and your time working in business?

No question is a stupid question!

What was your favourite part of studying at Pearson College London?

The classroom feel to seminars made learning more personal and gave me the opportunity to understand the content better than I think I would have through a traditional seminar structure. Also, the timetable structure throughout the accelerated modules meant I was only in Uni on Fridays, giving me plenty of freedom to take control of my own learning and also to work part-time, assisting in my business understanding.

What do you mostly enjoy about working for AXA XL?

The Graduate scheme is a rotational scheme, where I will have the opportunity to work with different departments and learn more about how the business operates. The scheme also gives you great professional and personal development opportunities, with regular development training weeks with London and overseas grads.

What made you to apply for the XL Catlin Graduate Programme?

The rotational element was definitely the main thing that attracted me to this scheme, as well as the opportunity for both professional and personal development, and being supported through professional qualifications.

If you had to sum up your time at Pearson College London in one word, what would it be and why?

Innovative – the opportunity to study my degree in 2 years has meant that I am a year ahead of my peers, and additionally the way in which we were assessed was predominantly coursework in the form of business reports, allowing me to develop skills that I’ll be likely to use again in my job.

What advice would you give to students looking to start a career within the business industry?

Gain as much work experience as you possibly can, even if you don’t enjoy it at least then you know what you don’t want to do!

What's your favourite brand and why?

Adidas – they have a great reputation in both the sports and fashion industries!

What course did you study?

BA(Hons) Business Management

The classroom feel to seminars made learning more personal and gave me the opportunity to understand the content better than I would have through a traditional seminar structure.

Nicola Hatfield, Trainee Underwriter, AXA XL