Success at School newsletter – Welcome to Investment2020
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Start your career straight from school with Investment2020

Investment2020 was set up to help young people understand the career opportunities open to them in asset management. This is the industry that invests our money – they safely look after over £5.5 trillion! – while providing financial support to help businesses around the world to thrive.

Investment2020 offers a paid, hands-on trainee training programme with some of the biggest names in the financial world, including JP Morgan, Henderson Global Investors, and Schroders.

What jobs can I do?

It's not all about maths and number crunching in asset management. Investment2020's training programme gives you a way in to the many other jobs in the industry. Here are just a few:

  • Helping customers – Talking to people who have invested their money.
  • Selling the products Advertising your company.
  • Looking after computer systems Investment companies store a lot of data and need complex systems to make financial predictions.
  • Developing new technology Companies sometimes develop software like apps to make things easier for their customers.
  • Hiring and training staff  Investment companies need the best people.

What will I do on my training programme?

You'll get responsibility from the off, working on real projects with a mentor to help and guide you. You'll also get to meet other Investment2020 trainees at regular meet-ups throughout your programme.

Why apply?

The Investment2020 training programme lets you follow the same career as a university graduate the difference is, you'll get paid, learn while you work, and avoid piles of student debt. And because the programme is less well known than a normal grad scheme, you're 25 times more likely to get a place!

Is it for me?

There's more to Investment2020 than just grades – if you’re smart and have bags of enthusiasm, you could be joining them for a paid placement in just a few months' time. Some of their deadlines are soon, so check out the opportunities and start getting your application ready.

What do today's trainees say?

Joe, who recently started an Investment2020 placement at Schroders:
“Every day you have to face a different challenge… You’re constantly learning about how people invest money. From somebody who’s 18 year old and came into the job without much background… it’s fascinating to learn, because I can take it home to share it with my parents.”

How do I make a successful application?

Here are our top tips for putting together an application that's bound to impress:

See the latest apprenticeships and school leaver opportunities
Find out more about the Investment2020 training programme
Hear from Hannah, who started the programme this year
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We wish you the very best of luck with your Investment2020 application!


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