Being able to manage your workload at work is very important, especially if you’re an apprentice juggling the day-to-day responsibilities of your job as well as having to deal with the added work that is placed upon you to get your qualification. Making time to focus on your qualification in whatever field you work in is as important as your day job; after all the reason why you’re there is not only to work in a specialist field and make money but it is also to be able to gain a qualification, a certificate that means that you have more to show for it than just fresh new skills.
How do you manage it all without going insane, or burning out?
Having a learning plan is probably the easiest way to ensure that you have enough time to focus on your studies as well as the job you were employed to do, meet with your assessor/learning provider to discuss your qualification requirements and meet separately with your manager so that they are clear on what is going on and how they can support you in achieving these goals.
Once you’ve got the ball rolling, you need to keep the pace going.
It’s important to carve out time in your daily for you to work on your apprenticeship, as well as your day job. At Cockpit Arts I have one day a week to work on my apprenticeship, uninterrupted from day to day responsibilities; during this time I am able to work on my written work, gathering evidence or practicing for an upcoming exam. It’s a good idea to have some time out like this is because your work load may demand a certain level of attention from you and it’s quite easy to become consumed with the world of work that you forget or are unable to find time to focus on your qualification.
Always plan your work week ahead.
Next time you start the working week, as you’re skimming through your emails, try organising everything into an easy to do list. Writing lists is a great way to keep track of everything that is going on. Your list can be as basic or as detailed as you like and you’ll find it’s satisfying ticking things off once they’ve been completed. A great free online tool to organise your brain is Work Flowy.
It’s important to find balance.
If you find yourself off balance, try and identify the reasons why you’ve been off balance and use these tips to get back on track.
About the Author
Marissa provides administration support for the Business Development team at Cockpit Arts and is undertaking a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business Administration through the Creative Employment Programme.