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I was looking at the degree level apprenticeships that different companies offer. JP Morgan offers a degree level apprenticeship where you gain:
1) BSc Applied Finance from the University of Exeter
2) Investment Operations Specialist Degree Apprenticeship (Level 4)
3) Financial Services Professional Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6)

I was wondering if you can still get to the high careers in finance/ investment banking with an apprenticeship scheme rather than a degree level. Grades aren't a boundary for me so I could go to university however if the apprenticeship offers a degree level qualification without debt, would it be more beneficial to go down this pathway? Do employers mind if you take the apprenticeship route?
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Go for a degree apprenticeship if possible. It gives you a degree for free, you get work experience at a relevant organisation and at the end of it you will likely get a job in the company. What you will probably see is high competition for these apprenticeships but if you get one it's definitely the better option. Because the alternative way is go to university, get work experience through a summer/industrial placement.(which you're not guaranteed to get and requires a lot of graft) Then you need to find graduate jobs afterwards which again requires a lot of graft and uncertainty. Whilst with the apprenticeship you will likely get a job at the same company as they've already invested so much into you. Also no one's going to look down on someone with relevant work experience which a lot of students may not have and a degree from a recognised university. Whilst degree apprenticeships already have some form of career path made out for you already.

From my experience I would go down the degree apprenticeship if possible. Not only do they pay you, you get a degree for free and you get relevant work experience and less uncertainty! I don't look fondly at the sleepless nights I had trying to find a job, I was one of the lucky ones I searched for one in September 2018, got one by December 2018 ready for the summer. A lot of other people in my class are still looking.
(Original post by E3student)
I was looking at the degree level apprenticeships that different companies offer. JP Morgan offers a degree level apprenticeship where you gain:
1) BSc Applied Finance from the University of Exeter
2) Investment Operations Specialist Degree Apprenticeship (Level 4)
3) Financial Services Professional Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6)

I was wondering if you can still get to the high careers in finance/ investment banking with an apprenticeship scheme rather than a degree level. Grades aren't a boundary for me so I could go to university however if the apprenticeship offers a degree level qualification without debt, would it be more beneficial to go down this pathway? Do employers mind if you take the apprenticeship route?
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