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HANNAH SMITH

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Apprentice

School Leaver

Why do you enjoy your job?

One of the main reasons I enjoy being an apprentice is that I rotate into a new department every four months. This aspect is great as it gives me an understanding of what each department does, and how they link together. It also means that I have got to know a wide range of new people throughout the company and developed many new skills. We are also given lots of training and gain qualifications.

What is the most challenging thing about your job?

What I find the most challenging is rotating into a new department and starting from the beginning again. However as challenging as this can be, I enjoy it, as I get to meet new people, try new work and understand the business better.

How did you get into your job?

After finishing school I knew I was interested in doing something where I could learn and gain experience. I heard through word of mouth about the Aberdeen apprenticeship and thought it was exactly what I was looking for so I applied. I took part in an assessment day, was successful, and was invited to two weeks’ work experience. After the two weeks in summer and an interview at the end I was fortunate enough to be offered a place on the programme. I happily accepted.

What are your future aspirations?

As an apprentice in my second rotation of six, I don’t yet have a set plan. I want to make the most of the apprenticeship programme on offer, before beginning a career in a department I really enjoy.

How would you sum up your Investment20/20 experience?

I want to continue to learn and grow, and the apprenticeship has given me the perfect opportunity to do that.

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