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ALICE LLOYD

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Business Risk Analyst

School Leaver

Why do you enjoy your job?

Every day there are new and exciting tasks and opportunities for me to get involved in. I interact with multiple areas of the business and get to learn about how each part of the company works, or perhaps doesn’t work. A key part of my role is to review and analyse an error within a process, and doing so I get to speak and build relationships with lots of different people within the company in all sorts of roles, which is something I love being able to do.

What is the most challenging thing about your job?

I have always found it hard to reach out and ask people who I may not know very well for help and when I first started in my role, I would often put off speaking to new people and asking them for guidance when I needed it, which would just prolong a task and not help anyone. Over the months I have learnt that it’s ok to ask for help, and everyone is willing to take a few minutes out of their day to explain something to you.

How did you get into your job?

Up until my last few months of sixth form, I wanted to go to university to study economics. It wasn’t until I started to revise for my A-Level exams that I realised university wasn’t for me and I wanted to look into other options. I found the apprenticeship for Aberdeen Standard Investments listed on the Investment20/20 website and applied. Since then I haven’t looked back and I know I have definitely made the right decision.

What are your future aspirations?

I want to continue working in the financial services industry, slowly working my way up the ladder to management positions. I’m not sure where exactly in finance I see myself in 5 years’ time, however I know that in an industry like this, the opportunities are limitless, as so many skills and so much of the knowledge you pick up on the way is transferable.

How would you sum up your Investment20/20 experience?

Investment20/20 has been great from the moment I joined. The frequent talks and lectures on various subjects within the finance industry have been so insightful and interesting. The social aspect of investment20/20 has also been amazing. Through all of the events I have been able to talk to other apprentices in similar positions at so many other companies. Being able to build my network at such a young age is something not many people get to do, so it is amazing that I have this chance.

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