GRADUATE
DEVELOPMENT
PROGRAM

Insure Your Future With Willis
GRADUATE
DEVELOPMENT
PROGRAM

Insure Your Future With Willis
GRADUATE
DEVELOPMENT
PROGRAM

Insure Your Future With Willis
GRADUATE
DEVELOPMENT
PROGRAM

Insure Your Future With Willis

Meet Our Colleagues

Check out the Willis colleague profiles below to get a clearer sense of the work we do at Willis, as well as the wide range of backgrounds and personalities that contribute to our success.

Anna Gunther
Columbia University

I was specifically drawn to the Program because of the training I would receive and the resources that would be available to me...

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Rob Marsh
Exeter University

What I like most about working at Willis is the ongoing commitment to attracting and developing graduate level talent...

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Gemma Northern
University College London

Although Willis is a large organization, as a Graduate you are afforded the opportunity to be exposed to senior management...

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Alpesh Tosar
Birmingham University

The opportunity in Global Placement was the key attraction for me. That together with the firm's focus on innovation...


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Jamie Smith
University of Bristol

Willis is one of the world’s leading insurance brokers. It has a dominant position in the London market and has a truly global footprint...

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Marcello Ortega
Southern Methodist University

I began the program with virtually no risk management or insurance industry knowledge...


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Willis Graduates and Their Experiences

Special Feature

Toby Weymss
Global Head of Placement and CEO, EEMEA Region

“How I went from theology student to CEO at Willis International” Toby Wemyss tells us how maximizing opportunities at Willis International led to him becoming a chief executive officer.

Describe your job for us.

I am responsible for Willis’s operations in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa to facilitate the best operational environment for the 400 people across the territory for whom I’m responsible. The majority of the people I work with are overseas, so a lot of travel is involved.

What was your first job after university and how did you get it?

After university I got fit and joined the Royal Marines as an officer. The application process was tough. It included a written application, exams, a two-day practical and going before the Admiralty Interview Board. It also included a tough physical test, which I failed the first time!

What prompted your next move?

After an injury on the assault course, I was medically discharged from the Royal Marines. I began looking for employment and got several offers, one of which was a position at Willis. When I sought the advice of a friend, he recommended the firm because he said it would offer me the greatest opportunity as early as possible.

What words of career advice would you offer young people entering the profession?

• Thoroughly research the company you’re interested in and the industry. The more you understand, the more confident you’ll be in your application and at interview stage

• Exceed expectations in every task that you’re asked to do

• Team work is essential, so highlight it when you apply. The people in my business prefer to win together as part of a team than win on their own

What particular skills do you think make you good at your job?

I think that I’m perceptive and able to understand quickly people’s subtle reactions to what I’m saying. These are important qualities to have as a broker because you could lose an opportunity if you push too hard or are too passive.

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