Before I started my apprentice scheme in May 2017, I was studying for my A levels with plans to progress towards university. After my first year, I made the difficult decision that I wanted to be involved in a fast-paced working environment. I thought I’d be more suited to a role to fit my career prospects and aspirations.
After looking through various apprenticeships in the finance sector, I applied for a role in the Court of Protection (COP) team at Irwin Mitchell. I liked how the firm was widely recognised with endless opportunities for me to develop in the early stages of my career. It also looked to be most prosperous for my personal development.
When I enrolled in my apprenticeship with the COP team, I carried out day-to-day tasks in the team. This included completing multiple payments to a wide range of suppliers and creating financial reports and documents. Some of these reports contributed to the litigation of many cases in the Personal Injury legal team, so it was a big responsibility.
I got a lot of encouragement and support in the first couple of months. Once my skills and knowledge had developed enough, I started to take on more responsibility myself.
While working and gaining valuable experience, I completed my challenging, yet fulfilling AAT qualifications. Working with colleagues that had already done the qualification meant I always had support at work. The tutors at The Sheffield Collage also gave me the help and support I needed.
After 12 months, I’d gained a strong understanding of the field and many new skills. I felt confident in completing tasks and my team did too. As a result, they trusted me to train new staff members and attend important meetings with our relationship managers at the bank. The COP team then offered me a senior role, which is a highlight of my apprenticeship.
I’m now 20 years old working as an investment operations analyst. This wouldn’t be possible if I didn’t enrol in the apprenticeship scheme when I was 17, and I’m still learning and developing my career. The firm has offered me great opportunities and recognised my hard work. They’re now sponsoring me to complete my Investment Operations Certificate through the Charted Institute for Securities and Investment, which is my next challenge.