I studied Business, Economics and Sociology at sixth form. Once I’d left it was time to decide – a degree in business and finance at university or a local apprenticeship. I chose an apprenticeship at Aviva, and I’m glad I did.
I was nervous when I first arrived – I’d not had any significant work experience, and Aviva is a huge business. My biggest worry coming into the job straight from sixth form was fitting in and feeling comfortable in the office with all those new people. But I was made to feel at home by everyone on my first day – I had warmed up enough to feel like I could be myself in the office within a few weeks.
Even as an apprentice, I love that I am given the same responsibility as the rest of the team. I contribute to discussions and meetings and make my own decisions while underwriting a risk. I get to put forward my views and opinions before being given support around what an experienced underwriter would do.