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Sean

What is your role in the Technology Division at Goldman Sachs?
I work in Securities Lending – Trading Analytics. We work closely with the traders in a fast-paced environment to develop and optimise the software that they use on a daily basis. We also collate trade data and feed valuable analysis back to them which drives success within the division.

What does your average week look like?
I study at university Monday and Tuesday and work at Goldman Sachs Wednesday to Friday. I usually study a few evenings during the week and also on Sundays to stay on top of university work, but I make sure that I take time off to go to the gym and see friends on Friday evening / Saturday. It is important to maintain a good work-life balance.

Why did you decide to pursue the degree apprenticeship programme?
I have always loved technology but it wasn’t an option for me to study at school. This meant that I began working in another industry which I didn’t particularly enjoy. I was amazed to find the apprenticeship programme which allowed me to study and gain the skills I need, whilst working and earning at the same time.

What were you doing before you joined the programme?
I was working in the property development industry, which can be quite slow and frustrating at times. Technology is much more fast-paced and constantly changing. I’m excited to see where the technology industry takes me throughout my career.

In your view, what are the benefits of studying and working at the same time?
The apprenticeship scheme is hard work, but it is incredibly rewarding. I gain just as much knowledge when working at Goldman Sachs as I do at university, but being able to instantly apply my university knowledge to real-world scenarios is hugely satisfying.

How have you approached balancing responsibilities for your university studies and your  work at Goldman Sachs?
Time management can be difficult at times, so you have to be very organised. However, the support offered at Goldman Sachs to ensure that you are able to manage your responsibilities effectively has been second to none.