Student Aaron Green will enjoy the experience of a lifetime after securing an exclusive internship at multinational banking and financial services company J.P. Morgan.
Aaron, a Year 12 student at the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College aged 17 from Longton, will spend two weeks at its London headquarters, all expenses paid, in the emerging markets department after his application was successfully selected from hundreds from across the UK.
Sixth Form College tutor, Martin Ward, supported Aaron’s submission for the placement, and said the process and placement were key to helping the teenager stand out on his university and future job applications.
He said: “I introduced the J.P Morgan scheme at the Sixth Form College having successfully introduced it at a previous college, as the application process itself is important because it is like applying for a job. Students must apply, gain a reference and submit everything before the December deadline during their hectic first term.
“To qualify candidates have to have achieved top grades in their GCSE’s and be the first generation considering university. Aaron is an ideal candidate as he’s a go-getter. He has been elected as a student governor, is an active member of our debating society and is looking to continue studying at Oxford University.
“As he’ll be staying in London as well it’s a real experience, as the students live and breathe it all so it’s a fantastic opportunity for them and really helps their UCAS application stand out.”
Aaron said: “I found out I’d been offered the placement in March and I’ll be staying in the halls of residence at the London School of Economics. That’s the first time I’ve been living away from home and I’m really excited about it.
“I’ve been given a mentor who has worked there for 18 years, and they have sent me information about the activities we’ll be doing. They look great as they include a visit to Oxford, to The London Eye and to see The Tempest.
“It’s a great opportunity to experience living and working in London and see whether banking is the sort of career I’d like to have, as I’m not sure yet, so I’m keeping my options open.
“I’d heard of J.P. Morgan as they are a prestigious firm, but not much more than that, and when I told my parents they were really pleased.
“I’ve done two politics exams already for my AS Level, and although I’ve not got the results yet I’m hoping I’ve done well. This is why placements are important, as you need to prove to universities and employers that you’ve done something more than just exams.
“That’s where the Sixth Form College has been great, as I’ve had so many more opportunities to get involved in things than when I was at high school.”
Fellow Sixth Form College student Jack Pearce, is also enjoying work experience and life in London after securing a top summer placement with leading global law firm Linklaters.
Jack, who studies politics, history and English literature at the Sixth Form College, has just begun his placement and is staying in the halls of residence at the University College of London. The teenager is hoping to secure a university place at Cambridge or Durham Universities.
Work placements form a key part of the Sixth Form College Futures Programme, which offers students opportunities to attend specialist workshops, events, lectures and visits to help them explore their chosen subject and career.
Anyone interested in applying to the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College can apply via the college website at www.stokesfc.ac.uk/prospective-students/apply/application-process or call the admissions line on 01782 854221.