As an apprentice at Aberdeen Asset Management*, I am able to rotate departments every 4 months, giving me further insight into the business as a whole. Being a rotational apprentice has helped me to become more diverse and flexible, whilst continuing to broaden my knowledge and skillset within the asset management industry. I enjoy my role as it allows me to further my education whilst being in a work environment.
So far, I have completed rotations in both Finance and IT. Working in multiple teams has allowed me to constantly meet new people and pick up different skills from the teams. Whilst gaining on the job experience, I am also earning. I find this highly beneficial as I will not find myself in student debt. As an apprentice, I am able to complete various training courses at my leisure whilst gaining a Diploma in Digital Application Support. At the end of my apprenticeship, I am able to select the rotation which is best suited for me and gain a permanent role within that team.
The most challenging thing about my role is leaving a department every 4 months. I have found that at the end of my rotation I am just getting used to the workload and being able to complete tasks confidently without any assistance. Joining a new team means that you are starting from scratch again, with no clue of what you are going to be doing. However, it is highly worthwhile as it makes sure you are constantly learning new things and meeting new colleagues.
After 6 years at school, I knew I wanted to go down the apprenticeship route. The university and college opportunities did not appeal to me greatly as I wanted to continue learning in a work based environment while being hands on with tasks. My school often hosted careers events for school leavers, so when Aberdeen came to my school and presented the programme I became immediately interested. Since I did not have a fixed idea of what I wanted to do when I left school, the rotational programme appealed to me greatly. It allows me to try out different departments and analyse where my skillset lies.
In all honesty, I am still unsure what my future aspirations are. I know I want to continue completing my qualification and gain a further industry recognised qualification. However, I am uncertain what department I will find a permanent role in. I plan to complete my apprenticeship and then decide where I will be best suited.
Investment20/20 has allowed me to jump straight in and begin building my career. Not only have I gained an insight to the world of work, but it has given me the opportunity to develop further as an individual.