Will is a 23 years old graduate from the UK. After studying Russian at Exeter University, he discovered the Great Global Adventure game and competed against more than 25,000 other students and graduates to become the winner. His prize includes not only a journey around the world, but also two international internships at AXA and the opportunity to take part in a corporate responsibility project.
Four weeks travelling through Asia
Will started his adventure on the 5th of September. The first leg of his journey took him to Hong Kong, where he then set off on tour of China, travelling through Shenzhen, Guilin, Yangshuo, Chengdu, Xi'an, Shaolin and Beijing.
The highlight of my adventure so far has been the Great Wall of China. After a two hour journey from Beijing to the countryside, we had dinner at a small guesthouse nearby to gain permission to hike up to the local original parts of the wall (over 2,000 years old!).
Unique professional opportunities
One month later, Will started his internship at AXA Investment Managers in Hong Kong. He joined the Sales and Marketing team, offering him the chance to work alongside a range of different teams and gain a greater understanding of investing within Asian markets.During his time in Hong Kong he also met several AXA senior executives, benefitting from their experience and advice.
My exposure to senior management has been a real privilege. Being fortunate enough to have a meeting with Andrea Rossi CEO of AXA Investment Managers was incredible. I have found that all of the executives, however busy, make time for their team, lead by example, have an open approach and show great humility.
Now, Will is heading off on the next part of his adventure, aboard the Trans-Mongolian railway. Next year will see him travelling to Indonesia to volunteer with Junior Achievement, and he'll be visiting San Francisco for his second internship at the AXA Lab. You can follow Will's whole adventure on his Instagram account (@GreatGlobalAdventurer) and on the DiscoverAXA blog.
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