It’s me again. In this post, I thought I would share with you my personal experience of having an Apprenticeship. Apprenticeship’s are becoming more and more common, so why do one?
A simple explanation of an apprenticeship is that you get payed to learn by working in the real world. I would have never picked an apprenticeship, I hated Learning in school but this is something completely different. I am treated like a normal employee 99% of the time. The 1% I’m not, is when I have my training. My training allows me to learn about the theory of my role, which gives me transferable skills if I was to ever change jobs. The great thing about my training is that I have chosen the 12 units to complete for my apprenticeship. As my role is media based I was able to pick a whole unit of social media. It means I get to write about something I have great knowledge about and also something I am passionate about. My role is based in a very little ‘family + friend’ run company, my directors allow me to flourish and work in my own way. They are very open to my ideas and suggestions and allow me to try them no matter what. I feel very happy and look forward to work daily.
So why did I personally pick an apprenticeship?
I picked an apprenticeship because I was being refused normal jobs due to my lack of experience. It’s that thing of ‘how am I meant to get experience if you won’t let me get any’.
I was starting to give up on my job search as I didn’t want an apprenticeship due to the chance that I might have to go to college once a week. I’m really lucky in the fact that my apprenticeship meetings are every 6/7 weeks and that it’s only a few hours at a time. My assessor is a lovely lady who understood that I didn’t enjoy learning, so she tries to get the worst bits completed when she visits and leaves me with simple work to do in between visits. I am also very lucky that my employer lets me complete this work during my actual work time.
I would 100% recommend an apprenticeship. It is tough, my first few weeks and months were just pure learning but I have been given a great role and a load of experience to come with it. I will be in good stead if I am to change jobs and I couldn’t be more thankful for that.
There are only two downsides to my apprenticeship; 1, sometimes when I’m dealing with customers they won’t listen to me and would rather speak to my colleague as they think I do not know enough about my job. When in fact know the same amount as my colleague, which I find frustrating occasionally. 2, the money. I won’t lie, I earn very little for the hours I work, but I know that it will eventually go up. I find it annoying sometimes because I end up working harder than my colleagues yet I’m on £500-600 less a month than them. They are the only problems I have but they completely outweigh the enthusiasm and experience I get from my job.
Please consider an apprenticeship, there’s so many paths to go down while learning and it allows you to gain invaluable experience that no other job could give you. It can get you into industries you would have never even thought about and I think that is just amazing.