After over a year at +24, starting off as an apprentice before going full-time whilst starting my Level 4 training in Digital Marketing and Social Media, I’ve made a lot of mistakes and accrued some key advice I would’ve wanted to hear before starting my apprenticeship. While this blog is written mainly with first-time apprentices in mind, the advice in this blog can apply to apprentices of all ages and experience levels.
Doing anything new can be scary, that applies especially to starting a new job in a new place with new people. The one thing to remember when starting your apprenticeship in a new place is that nobody is there to judge you for your lack of experience or the way you learn. Companies that take on apprentices do so because they care about developing the skills of young people and supporting them, making them usually quite patient and understanding with younger/less experienced team members.
“Going into an apprenticeship for the first time can be scary, but there’s no reason to be afraid – this is the start of something equal parts exciting and rewarding.”
Know The Rules
If there’s a dress code, stick to it. If there’s a set start time, be to work by then (and be sure to make a ten minute allowance on time for travelling, just in case something slows you down). If you’re unsure about the rules of your workplace, then just ask. An employer won’t be mad at you for asking about the rules, especially if they haven’t approached you first to fully explain them yet.
“Never be afraid of asking your employer for guidance, clarification or help. They want to see you succeed as much as you want to succeed, meaning you’re all on the same side.”
Be Like A Boy Scout
Or a girl scout – the point is to always be prepared. If there are some key things you’ll always need to be able to do your job, be sure to have them with you. Some things that are always handy to have include your phone and charger, a pen and pad and some mints or chewing gum – incase you run into a client or customer unexpectedly or have to dash away to a last minute meeting.
“The three best things you can be in business are prepared, early and interested in what the other person in a conversation has to say.”
It’s Not So Scary
Ideally, we’d all like to be super rich and living on a tropical island with no need to ever work for a living a day in our lives. In reality, if you find a job you enjoy in a sector you’re passionate about, working isn’t as bad as it sounds. Your apprenticeship provider should ensure you find a placement in a job you’ll enjoy with a business that you fit into easily.
Getting a sense of achievement from your work and being a part of a supportive team is encouraging and motivates you to learn more and both do and be better.
“When you find a job you enjoy, working is less of a task and more of an opportunity to continually better yourself and achieve more.”
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Featured blog image courtesy of Themis.