Why did you choose to do an Apprenticeship?
I chose to do an Apprenticeship because I felt that gaining work experience and earning a salary as well as having my AAT qualifications paid for, would benefit me much more than going to university and having huge debts when finished.
How did you find out about your Apprenticeship?
I found my Apprenticeship on the government’s website.
What have you gained from your Apprenticeship?
I have gained on the job finance skills which was a key reason for me choosing an Apprenticeship. I have focused on building a range of important soft skills in my Apprenticeship, especially around communication, team working and ethical standards.
What do you plan to do next?
I’m currently studying Level 3 AAT, so the next step would be to complete Level 4 and move into an investment analyst position in a bank or investment company.
How will your Apprenticeship help you achieve this?
Investment analysts need to be at least qualified to degree standard, so my Level 4 would be a huge help in terms of qualifications needed. Along with my work experience and the skills mentioned above, I believe this will give me a competitive advantage in this particular job sector.
What advice would you give a young person who might be thinking about an Apprenticeship?
The advice I would give is to sit down and seriously think about what they want to do for a career. Once they have decided their career, look at the people at the top of that profession; find out how they got to where they are and try to emulate that. For example my chosen career/job was a Fund Manager. The man I want to emulate is Martin Schwartz - the 1988 champion trader. He started off as an investment analyst, becoming a Floor Trader on the NYSE to eventually moving on to starting his own fund making millions.
What’s your top tip?
Read lots of books on your future career subject to consistently pick up new ideas and knowledge.
How do you feel about becoming an Apprenticeship Ambassador?
I feel honoured to be able to help others to choose the best path for them through sharing my own personal experiences.