Currently I am an Apprentice at Aberdeen Asset Management* PLC. The reason I enjoy my job is because the characteristics of the apprenticeship scheme and the ethos within AAM creates the perfect environment for me to thrive. The AAM apprenticeship itself has a rotational structure that allows you to visit a possible 6 departments over the 2 year scheme. I relish meeting new people and learning about different departments across the business, it also gives me the flexibility to move, as rotations only last for 4 months. There is a variety of options for apprentices to visit including Risk, Investment Operations, IT, Business Systems, Internal Audit, Investor Services, HR, Finance and Compliance. However, other options are constantly being made available.
I also enjoy my role as it allows me to gain valuable experience that I wouldn’t have gained through higher education. I can’t deny it is very attractive and beneficial to earn and learn at the same time, I also bypass any student debt I could’ve accumulated while still gaining qualifications while working. As an apprentice at Aberdeen Asset Management I am currently studying for a Diploma in digital application support at (SCQF L6) I will then have the options to complete an IOC or an IMC in my second year.
For me the hardest part about my job is moving departments every 4 months. This is because just before it is time to move you feel you have a good grasp of your role and have reasonable background knowledge of your department, then all of a sudden you are back to square one in a new position in a new team. However, it is beneficial as it makes sure you are constantly challenged and progressively learning about new areas.
Before joining Aberdeen Asset Management I was a school leaver from Tynecastle High school in central Edinburgh. I didn’t enjoy school, I believed it was the wrong environment for me; I also had no aspirations for higher education. I applied for the apprenticeship scheme at AAM then completed my 2 week internship within the Risk division. This solidified my choice as I was then certain an apprenticeship path was right for me. Shortly after completing the internship I was offered a place within the scheme.
My future aspirations are modest as I have so many options for my career. Currently I’m concentrating on learning everything I can from each rotation and completing my qualification and starting the IMC.
I have no regrets. The scheme is perfect for me and there are real opportunities for me I would never imagined otherwise.