Me & My Apprenticeship

I knew I didn’t want to go to university, I knew I didn’t want student debt…I knew I wanted to carry on learning and get a qualification…I knew I wanted to earn money after college – I just didn’t know that an apprenticeship was the perfect choice for me, until I looked into it!

Hi, my name is Beth.

I have always known that the career I wanted to go into would be a creative one. I loved art at school and I knew that I wanted to do something that would let me be creative and I knew that university wasn’t for me. I never wanted to do something that felt repetitive, this is why I chose a digital marketing apprenticeship.

I started looking into my options in apprenticeship and I found out one that was about digital marketing, which really appealed to me and it seemed like like a versatile and innovative role. Marketing is also something needed, it is something that is ever-changing and that was an exciting concept to me.

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Initially, the thought of covering extensive content, assembling a portfolio, taking exams, participating in an interview about my work, and completing a final project seemed daunting. I worried about balancing work whilst getting all of this done. However, this worry quickly went away once I started the apprenticeship.

The structure of 4-day courses every few months covering all relevant content and taking exams as soon as courses finished put me at ease. I also appreciated having six dedicated hours each week to work on my portfolio or study, I usually took these hours all at once and had an ‘apprenticeship day’ every week, if I needed a little extra time to work on my portfolio all I had to do was ask.

The apprenticeship’s best aspect, for me, was the combination of earning a salary, gaining practical experience, and acquiring a qualification, knowledge, and skills. It provided valuable working connections and allowed me to realise that the skills I acquired are transferable and the qualification obtained opens doors to diverse opportunities.

If I wanted to after the level 3 apprenticeship you can move on to level 6 which is equivalent to obtaining a degree- this is a positive alternative to university!

The challenges

Doing an apprenticeship is challenging work, I’m not going to lie. It takes effort and dedication, however I would not change the path I chose for myself.

Obviously at times I still felt stressed as I am human! I put pressure on myself because I wanted to do well and worried if what I was not doing was not good enough, however, I only had to bring this up with my employer or my training provider and they would help me by coming up with solutions and provided support to get me back on track.

I have come out of it with positive feedback on the work I did, persevered, and got through all the exams even the coding one which I found particularly difficult and have gained my qualification.

Once I finished my apprenticeship with Worcestershire County Council, I started to look at what other opportunities were available and I applied for a job in another part of the council. I had an interview for an Assistant Marketing & Communications Officer role – and I got it! That is the role that I am doing right now!

Summary

Worcestershire Apprenticeships logoAn apprenticeship demands hard work, effort, and dedication. However, I would not change the path I chose for myself. Positive feedback on my work, overcoming challenges like a difficult coding exam and securing my qualification were all rewarding.

I recommend an apprenticeship – it can open so many doors to you and gives the ability to earn while you learn. You will be supported along the way and there are so many options and industries to choose from. Check out Worcestershire Apprenticeships website for more details and to find out about the WA Account and Bursary, it is like a one-stop shop for your apprenticeship journey. It is a great place to start, and you can also talk to the fantastic team at Careers Worcs for more info. Good luck – your journey starts here!

 

– Bethan

The Good, the Bad, and the GCSE results!

A Blog by Emma from Careers Worcs

Thursday 24th August = GCSE Results Day!

Even though I finished high school many, many years ago (hey! I’m not that old!), I still remember how nervous I was picking up my GCSE results.

It was a nerve wracking experience that now, as an adult, I can look back on and realise that I spent too much energy on worrying and being nervous about them. I’d done the exams – I couldn’t change what was already written and I couldn’t change the grades I was about to get.

After getting results that I wasn’t thrilled with, I admit that I was really confused about what to do next.

I spent a lot of time worrying about my next steps, as my GCSEs meant that I didn’t meet the entry requirements for the course that I always wanted to do. It did upset me, and I didn’t really know who to turn to for advice.

I wish I knew then what I know now!

I know now that I shouldn’t have spent so much energy on worrying. That there were alternatives available…I just didn’t know what they were at the time or where to find them!

It’s important to remember that whether you’re happy with your GCSE results or not, you are worth so much more than your grades!

I wish a support system, like Careers Worcs, was available when I was stressing about my future!

It would’ve been great to sit with an Advisor to discuss all my options and how to get into my dream career.

Getting the results!

If, when you have your GCSE results and they aren’t what you wanted, why not pop in for a chat with one of our friendly Advisors? They can talk through your options and support you with your next steps – there are so many routes to achieving your goal!

Hey, even if you did get the results you wanted, why not come and see us to look at what other pathways are open to you. You might be surprised at what else you can do.

GET IN TOUCH!

Come down and visit us at our Hub @ The Hive, Worcester.

We’re open weekdays from 8.30am – 4pm and we’re inside The Hive on the first floor (turn left at when you come in and left again). or give us a call on 0300 666 3 666

 

– Emma

Students look at their exam results in a school corridor