Lucy, Morgan Stanley

There is a huge demand for digital skills in the global economy, with 12,800 new roles in Scotland per year.  Glasgow is the city of choice for digital technology. Sector specialisms range from fintech and data science, and space technology and engineering. Glasgow is ranked top of the UK’s core cities for both the highest number of digital tech students and graduates offering access to the skills and talent your business needs. 

Morgan Stanley is a global financial services firm and a market leader in investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. With offices in more than 41 countries, Morgan Stanley is dedicated to providing our clients the finest thinking, products and services to help them achieve even the most challenging goals.

The graduate apprenticeship programme at Morgan Stanley consists of working full time in the office Monday – Thursday and attending university one day a week. I am studying towards a BSc Hons degree in IT Software Development at University of Strathclyde. So far in my first year, I have held two different roles within technology risk, and now I am progressing through my third rotation in a technology support services team. This role consists of providing technical support to the Glasgow office, managing software deployments, monitoring storage and capacity many more technical support tasks.

During my very first experience with Morgan Stanley, I knew it was a place I would love to work. I found everyone to be so lovely and welcoming, and it was clear to see how much the company cared about its employees. Morgan Stanley is a global company with significant opportunities and outreach, which added to the attraction for me. Furthermore, when I saw the range of experiences and training offered as part of the program, I made my mind up straight away to apply.

I found out about the Morgan Stanley apprenticeship open evening through my high school Twitter account. When I attended the event, I was provided information on the application process, the degree curriculum and got to hear from current apprentices and their experiences.

The apprenticeship offered covered a wide range of the technology sector, which influenced my decision. It was clear I would get to experience a variety of different roles throughout the apprenticeship, from areas such as project management, cybersecurity and technology client support services.

First and foremost, the main benefit of doing a graduate apprenticeship is the work experience. Some people choose internal placements, internships etc, but for me, having four years’ worth of work experience in an array of different roles is a game changer.

Being able to work in the firm throughout the four year apprenticeship period, allows your network to grow significantly, building a firm foundation of support.

In addition, while being able to work is good for financial reasons, it is even more rewarding when your academic studies and work relate to each other so you can apply all the theory into practice in a real life work environment.

Glasgow is the UK’s 3rd Largest Financial Centre and home to some of the biggest names in global business and finance.

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