I knew finding a job would be tough and I needed to make myself as attractive as possible to employers, so I thought carefully about what I was interested in and decided that working with people and finance were two areas that really excited me.
When I heard about the programme via my degree course, everything clicked. I knew I had to go for it.
The scheme gave me the opportunity to work in-house at Aviva in various different departments and I also got to work for an IFA firm, which is where my passion lies.
The programme included work shadowing opportunities, meetings with everyone from the chief executive to the customerfacing staff and practical exercises to test what had been learned, all of which I found incredibly useful.
I think the programme helped me understand how the financial services industry is pieced together. It was not something I had even considered as a career before. I really appreciate having the work experience, which I truly believe gave me the edge in the competition for jobs.
It strengthened my CV, and played a big part in securing the job I now have as trainee financial adviser. My new employers saw it as really valuable, with the benefit that they gain a new employee who is sure of their career choice and already has industry experience.