Katherine, Financial Services

What is your role?Katherine

I am an apprentice working within in the financial services team.

When did you start here?

In October 2019 and am due to finish in October 2021.

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?

I have never particularly been interested in university and I wanted to start working life as soon as possible. As I was looking around, I found this apprenticeship which would give a qualification alongside real life experience.

Did you come with GCSEs or A levels?

Yes, I came with 11 GCSEs and three A levels.

Did you have a clear idea of what you wanted to do?

Not at all, my A levels don’t match with working in the finance sector at all, having done History, English Literature and Psychology but I felt the experience and qualification would help later in life no matter what I want I want to do

Why did you decide to work here?

West Suffolk is my local council and I liked the idea of having more knowledge on what really happens in my local government.

What did you know about the council before you joined and what you have learnt about it so far?

All I knew was that they collected my bins outside my house, so I have learnt so much being part of it and how many services local councils really provide as I had no clue. I had no idea how much effort goes into events such as the Christmas fayre and elections but also how many resources they have to help people.

What apprenticeship are you undertaking and do you have future plans?

I’m doing a finance apprenticeship which includes a level 3 AAT qualification. I have no idea really what I want to do in the future.

What do you enjoy about working here?

I have really enjoyed the trips such as when we had the chance to visit parliament. But on a day to day basis I like the fact there is always someone to help you or even there just for a chat. I also enjoy the flexible hours.

Apart from your apprenticeship, have you had other opportunities to learn and develop, job-shadow or to be involved in different projects?

I have had the chance to work in a general election which was very interesting as it was something, I didn’t know much about but also fun. There are also endless training courses, which will only improve my CV.

What advice would you give to future applicants?

Just ask. Nothing bad will happen.