In secondary school, I was uncertain about my future path, but my interest in business and finance led me to pursue Double Business and Law BTECs at College. The experience was great, with teachers who supported my passion for apprenticeships.

While I kept university as a back-up plan, my heart was set on apprenticeships. In year 13, I immersed myself in multiple work experiences in the banking and finance industry, as well as networking diligently to secure opportunities.

Despite tempting offers from a Big 4 accounting firm and the world’s largest food and drink company, I took a bold step by turning them down. Why? Simply because they didn’t align with my long-term career goals. It wasn’t an easy decision, and I faced my fair share of rejections afterwards, but I stayed positive and was committed to keep applying.

After facing many rejections and long summer working in a patty shop, just when things seemed challenging… finally, Citi Bank offered me an apprenticeship as a Product Specialist in Asset Servicing – a Level 3 apprenticeship with potential for progression onto Level 4 or 6.

Fast forward to now, and not only am I an apprentice, but also an ambassador for Citi, a mentor, a content creator, a team member of The Black Apprentice Network and a charity ambassador.

My journey has led me to share my experiences and advice on platforms like LinkedIn and TikTok, as well as hosting Zoom calls for aspiring apprentices and speaking at universities such as King’s College and Greenwich University and corporate headquarters of the likes of Google and Amazon.

My advice? Step out of your comfort zone, pursue networking events and work experiences, prioritise your grades, and never underestimate the power of perseverance.

Aramide Tinubu

Reigate College: 2021-2023

Higher Education: Level 3 Digital Business Apprenticeship while working as a Product Specialist (Asset Services) at Citi

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