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A Foundation Apprenticeship led to Glasgow teenager Monisha Sandhu deciding on a complete change of career.

The 17-year-old planned to go to university to study psychology, but heard about an opportunity in the Financial Services sector.

“My guidance teacher told me about how I could go to college while I was doing my Highers and I thought that it was different and that I would try it,” said Monisha.

She went to the City of Glasgow College on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to learn about the world of finance.

“It was hard work at times because we knew we had to study for our exams and we had college work as well.

At college, they know that everyone learns in different ways, so that was really good for me,” she added.

Monisha also had the opportunity of work experience at Barclays' stockbrokers.

She created a proposal to initiate improvements which was presented to senior management and she held a networking afternoon to get to know her colleagues.

“I had never had a job before and it was such an eye opener. After the very first day I thought this is exactly what I want to do and where I want to be, which seems unbelievable as it wasn’t something I had even considered until then,” explained Monisha.

This summer she got four Highers and applied to Barclays’ stockbrokers for a Modern Apprenticeship, which she starts in October.

“I had never had a job before and it was such an eye opener. After the very first day I thought this is exactly what I want to do and where I want to be, which seems unbelievable as it wasn’t something I had even considered until then."

Monisha Sandhu

Maxine McClintock, of City of Glasgow College, said: “Monisha was performing very well academically at school and as part of the Foundation Apprenticeship programme.

“However, her focus and drive really became apparent when she was doing her work experience and I am certain she will continue to do well in her Modern Apprenticeship.”

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