JP Morgan: Dominic Li

As Dominic Li approaches the final part of the JP Morgan apprenticeship programme, he’s convinced he made the right decision

“I started working for JP Morgan on the apprenticeship scheme just after I completed my A-levels at sixth form. Shortly after beginning sixth form, I knew that I wanted to work within the financial services because of the development, travel and networking opportunities that would be available to me, and so I made it my priority to research and discover the routes into this industry. However, I always felt that university was not a place for me because of the intense focus on exam results and studying, with less emphasis on first-hand experience.”

“An apprenticeship appealed to me so much more than university because of the extensive learning and experience that one couldn’t get from reading textbooks; the invaluable skills I would obtain within a work environment at a young age would help propel me to be successful. For me, studying and revision has always been difficult, and I found that experiencing something taught me so much better and stuck with me longer. Therefore, despite there still being the study aspects of an apprenticeship, experiencing it in my job would not only make me enjoy the content more, it would help me do better in exams as I would have experienced it through my day-to-day.”

“On this apprenticeship scheme, I have been working full-time for JP Morgan, and studying for three examinations towards my level 4 investment operations certificate. In addition to this, there is a coursework part of the qualification, as well as a final interview before completion. Despite the challenge of having to balance study and work, it is something that I have got used to more quickly than I thought, with the help and support from my team at work, study providers and the early careers team at JP Morgan. This epitomises how well supported I have been joining straight from school, and this has enabled me to settle down into my job quicker and enjoy the new outlook on studying and working for me, and look for more opportunities to learn and network at the firm.”

“Upon reflection, this has been the quickest year of my life, but the most insightful and promising starts to my career, which I could’ve never imagined without the opportunity this JP Morgan apprenticeship has offered to me.”

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