Trinity alumnus Oscar Steele has secured an apprenticeship position at First State Investments.
Rather than apply to university, Oscar knew early on that he wanted to explore apprenticeship opportunities. He said: “I decided not to go to university in Lower Sixth, mainly because I’ve always liked the idea of going straight into work – both for the real world experience and financial independence”.
First State Investments manages money on behalf of institutional investors, pension funds, wholesale distributors and platforms, financial advisers and their clients.
Their scheme forms part of Investment 2020, where investment companies come together to offer apprenticeship programmes to school leavers. Placements include 12-24 months paid work experience across a number of business areas, potentially resulting in a permanent contract.
Oscar said: “I was interested in this scheme because it plays to my strengths. It is also in the finance sector, where I have always wanted to start my career, and the company has a reputation and core values that made them stand out from others”.
The journey to securing the position at First State certainly wasn’t straightforward, but Oscar’s perseverance and determination paid off in the end: “Going through various interviews and assessment days was initially very difficult and something that required a lot of practice. They definitely became easier over time, and the main thing I learned is that preparation is key and will give you confidence throughout the process”.
Oscar also had some great support in the process from both staff at Trinity and his family: “I had a huge support network during the application process and the School were very supportive with my decision not to go to university. Mrs Highmore helped me along the way, from writing and adapting my CV, to preparing for final interviews; she also continued to help me after I’d left Trinity. My parents also supported me and facing rejection was made a lot easier by having them reassure me that the right thing would come along”.
On securing his position Oscar is excited to make a start: “I hope this is the start of a long and successful career. I’m excited at the opportunities that could come from this and I think this is the best start I could get into the world of work”.
Antonia Geldeard, Head of Sixth Form, said: “We are delighted for Oscar. His tenacity and endeavour has really paid off – he is most deserving of this excellent opportunity!”
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