What I liked
The people. Getting to spend time with and work alongside dozens of motivated and friendly young people was incredible. Since everyone within my co-op program including our actuarial student mentors has the same goal of becoming an actuary, the culture tends towards being supportive and collaborative instead of competitive. Everyone wants to help each other. What's more? It's clear that John Hancock seeks to employ individuals who are not only motivated to succeed in the context of actuarial science but also very friendly and well-rounded with other interests and passions as well. The positive and collaborative environment makes everyone feel important and inspires hard work and personal development. The work itself was challenging, but not impossible. It took time and patience, but was also very rewarding. As mentioned before, my mentor, manager, and others were always more than willing to help me out.
One more thing I liked was how much we did outside of work to build community and strengthen relationships.