Joined September 2018
Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship at AJ Bell?
I chose this apprenticeship because it gives me the opportunity to find different areas of the financial services industry that interest me. As the apprenticeship at AJ Bell allows you to rotate around many teams, I can gain a better understanding of the different processes behind what AJ Bell does.
What has been the highlight of your apprenticeship so far?
The main highlight of my apprenticeship so far was meeting my team for the first time. I remember I was really worried about whether I would understand what was going on, whether I would fit in, or whether I’d understand how the processes work. But, everyone was so welcoming and if I had any queries, everyone was more than happy to help.
For what reasons would you recommend a career / apprenticeship with AJ Bell?
I would recommend doing an apprenticeship because you get the best of both worlds. You gain so much more than just a qualification on a piece of paper. I have developed many skills such as my communication skills, not just in my team but speaking to a variety of different advisers and customers. I believe it gives you a competitive edge as you get wider industry knowledge. It’s also a great way to network and find different areas of the business that might suit you.
What tips would you give to anyone applying for an AJ Bell apprenticeship?
Highlight key qualities that are important when applying for a job and find ways that personal experiences can link to them, backing up your points with evidence. Use examples of extra-curricular activities that you have done and that have allowed you to build different skills and talk about them.