A SUCCESSFUL young student has landed a role working for America's largest investment bank.

Adnan Raja, from Blackburn, was overcome with joy when he discovered he was accepted into a position with American multinational investment banking company, JP Morgan.

Mr Raja, a 20-year-old student at the London School of Economics, completed a summer internship with the global firm before being told he would be given a full-time job upon completing his final year at university where he is studying government.

To train for his new analyst role, Mr Raja will fly to New York to spend six weeks at the JP Morgan headquarters before returning to work at the London base.

He said: “It’s definitely a happy moment and my parents were quite emotional as they wanted me to get it.

“I rang my mum straight away and when I got back from London I took my family out for dinner.”

Mr Raja not only credits his parents for their support, but Blackburn-based community organisation One Voice.

He said: “I would not be here in this position today if it was not for One Voice giving me motivation and opportunities. I ran the 20-20 Vision group to create future leaders from 2016 to 2017.”

The successful final year student is proud of his Blackburn routes and wants to encourage more young people in the town to fulfil their ambitions.

He said: “It is showing that people from Blackburn can go further.”

Mr Raja won the internship by researching and applying for a scheme called Aspiring Professionals Programme, with which he secured a two-week JP Morgan placement in 2016.

One of his biggest challenges has been supporting himself financially during his second year at university.

He said: “I started working night shifts at Sainsbury's. It was tough being in a big city when you’re from a small town, but hard work pays off.”

Mr Raja is good friends with Hamza Khan, 20, another Blackburn success story who has secured a training contract with prestigious law firm Linklaters. The pair live together in London.