What can you expect from an apprenticeship?

Marissa Anthony, Business Administration Apprentice at Cockpit Arts, gives her advice on choosing an apprenticeship and making an good impression on your new employer. She’ll be back with more top apprenticeship tips soon, so keep an eye out for more pearls of wisdom. 

Apprenticeships are a great way to gain practical knowledge in a specialist field. However, it can be a challenging experience if you don’t know what to do. In order to make the best out of the experience; ask yourself what is it that you hope to achieve by the end of your apprenticeship?  If you know what you hope to gain, this should give you an idea of what area you want to work in. There are many industries to choose from and they’re all looking for bright hard working young people to work for them.

You may be wondering how you choose the right job for you.

When reading through the job description, make sure everything listed is something you have a passion for or at least have an interest in doing before you apply. You then want to look into travel and other expenses, work hours and qualification requirements. If you’re confident in your ability and happy with what the job is offering then you should go ahead and apply.

Every employer is different, some may expect you to hit the ground running and immediately get stuck into working and others might give you some time to get a better feel. For me, the first week consisted of an induction, a lot of reading on the job role and meeting with other members of staff to get a better idea of what everyone does.

It can be a nerve-wracking experience to start a new job, especially if it is your first real job. Here are some tips to help you overcome first job nerves…

Number One – Don’t panic! Chances are your employer is aware that this is your first real job and they’ll be accommodating to that.
Number Two – Don’t be afraid to ask questions, in my experience employers love it when you have questions. So if anything doesn’t make sense to you, just ask!
Number Three – Be sure to research your company and know exactly who it is you’re working for.
Number Four – Make yourself useful, if you have ideas or better ways of doing things, why not mention them to your boss / line manager? Look at this as your chance to make a difference and stand out!
Number Five –  Remember that your colleagues are there to help; don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice if you need it.

You should be given a lot of support throughout your apprenticeship from your employer and learning provider; they should be able to answer any questions and concerns you may have. The National Apprenticeship Service also has a lot of support and dedicated staff available to help answer any questions your employer or learning provider are unable to answer.
Remember, an apprenticeship must feel right for you, don’t choose it because you fear losing out or that something better might not come along, if you’re not 100% happy with the job, don’t choose it!

Marissa Anthony, 
Business Administration Apprentice at Cockpit Arts 

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