IFSDG: How long have you worked in
AXA Business Insurance?
Lewis: I have just finished my second week of
induction training and officially start on the 8th August.
IFSDG: How many people work at AXA Business
Lewis: AXA Business Insurance is headquartered
in Glasgow, and is the branch of AXA that offers policies direct to
small businesses across the UK. More than 200 people currently work
IFSDG: What opportunities are there for school leavers
in Glasgow with AXA Business Insurance?
Lewis: The company offers a Foundation
Apprenticeship in Financial Services*, work experience
opportunities, as well as full-time modern apprenticeships to
school-leavers. AXA's Glasgow office also regularly hosts tours and
business presentations for pupils of all ages.
IFSDG: Why did you decide to do a Foundation
Lewis: I found out about the Foundation Apprenticeship through
my careers advisors at school. I applied because I was interested
in a career in financial services and attracted to the idea of
learning theory in the classroom as well as practical in the work
IFSDG: How did you find out about the job at AXA and how
did you plan for the interview?
Lewis: I found out about the job through Graeme
Cairns, an AXA team leader. Graeme was my mentor when I was
completing my Foundation Apprenticeship. To prepare for the
interview, I was able to draw on the emails the company sent me
about the interview format. I also learned about business during my
work placement and from college and both of these things were
really helpful in preparing for interview.
IFSDG: What's a typical day for you?
Lewis: I will be working with AXA on a part
time basis whilst I undertake an Honours degree in Accountancy at
Glasgow Caledonian University. I think the combination of the study
and work will really advance my career.
A typical day at AXA will involve call handling and working with
customers to ensure excellent customer service. I am going to be
IFSDG: Three good things about working in
- Transport services make it easy to get to work.
- Working in the city centre means there are lots of places to go
for socialising after work.
- As the city's slogan says 'People Make Glasgow'! Everyone is
friendly, helpful and easy to talk to.
IFSDG: Which business person or company do you admire
Lewis: I'd say Alan Sugar, simply because he
started off as a market trader but through hard work and
determination has become one of the most successful entrepreneurs
in the UK.
IFSDG: What is your biggest achievement to
Lewis: My biggest achievement to date is
passing five Highers in my fifth year of school.
IFSDG: What did you want to be when you were a
Lewis: A footballer.
IFSDG: What do you do to relax away from the
Lewis: Go to the gym, play football, or
IFSDG: I-Phone or Android?
IFSDG: Favourite sport?
IFSDG: Favourite movie?
Lewis: Captain America-Civil War
IFSDG: Sunshine or snow?
IFSDG: and finally, what three words sum you
Lewis: Genuine, Hardworking and Responsible
* Foundation Apprenticeships are a work-based learning
opportunity for secondary school pupils in S4 and S5. Young people
spend time out of school at college or with a local employer, and
complete the Foundation Apprenticeship alongside their other
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