More about Joe
Joe tells us of his experience of the LLB (Hons) Law for Financial Services Pathway, the application process and why he selected this option. Joe secured a placement at Admiral as part of the pathway.
Ultimately, there were two deciding factors that attracted me to this degree pathway. Firstly, the chance to work within a Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE) 100 company and gain commercial experience. To get anywhere these days, experience is key. I felt this opportunity helped me put my foot in the door on the way to starting a career once leaving university. Secondly, I wanted to go out into the world of work and instead of classroom-based learning, I wanted to put what I had learnt into practice.
I found the application process smooth. The NTU staff were more than helpful, helping me write my covering letter and making sure my CV was of an appropriate standard. The interview process itself was all new to me, I had done interviews before, but never a phone interview.
The NTU workshops leading up to applications were really helpful. After passing the phone interview stage, I was invited down to Cardiff to Admiral’s head office for a face-to-face interview, I remember walking away after the interview saying to myself that it verged on actually being a pleasant experience rather than being nervous. The interview was semi-informal. Whilst they asked questions to test me, it became more of a conversation and by the end it didn’t feel like an interview.
The pathway preparation teaching was very helpful, they helped me prepare my CV and written statement, followed by helpful advice on interviews.
My first impressions of the company are that people genuinely love working at Admiral – I have yet to speak to someone who does not enjoy it. My job involves taking and dealing with claims.
My hopes are to learn more about the insurance industry, whilst also obtaining my degree, and then take my knowledge to secure a graduate programme, either with Admiral or another big financial firm. I would like to move into the financial sector and possibly into risk or underwriting.