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TOMMY HARBER

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Business Development Apprentice

School Leaver

Why do you enjoy your job?

My job involves numerous different tasks with varying skill levels. This is what makes my job exciting and interesting as every day I learn something new. In my role I interact with different teams on different projects, this keeps me busy and has increased my network massively.

What is the most challenging thing about your job?

I would say the most challenging thing about my job is to remember all the different aspects and advice I have learned, and when to use these in different situations. Also, as an apprentice it can be quite difficult to know what to do in a new situation – that’s why asking questions is key!

How did you get into your job?

I started looking for an apprenticeship at 16, however most large finance companies require A-Levels. So after my A Levels I looked again. I found it quite tough to find apprenticeships independently, but through a research provider called QA apprenticeships and Investment20/20 I got interviews at top finance firms and then thankfully landed my apprenticeship at Aberdeen Standard Investments.

What are your aspirations?

I am currently in the sales team at Aberdeen and am very much enjoying it. I hope to get a permanent job in the team after my two years. I am also studying for a Project management degree level qualification alongside my apprenticeship and after the four years’ experience hope to pass my CFA (Chartered Financial Adviser) exam.

How would you sum up your Investment20/20 experience?

Investment20/20 gives you opportunities no one else can: all you have to do it take them with both hands!

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