It has almost been a year since I started my apprenticeship at Changeworks Communications, so I think it is only right I share my thoughts that will help you get the most out of your new career journey.
Whether you’re applying for an apprenticeship or just about to start on your career path, you need to know how to make the experience better for you. Over the last 12 months I’ve found the following tips really useful.
- Show off your enthusiasm – Some apprentices may not have the highest qualifications or experience in the industry, so employers will look for people who are passionate about the role they’re applying for. Express the skills you already have like, communication, innovation and teamwork. The person hiring is looking for someone who is willing to learn and become a real asset to the team.
- Set goals – You don’t always need a day-by-day plan, but it is good to have an idea of what you want to get out of the apprenticeship programme. Think about the skills and knowledge you want to develop or the skills you want to achieve to give your career a push. Take my advice and draw up a plan of action to help these goals fall in place.
- Listen to feedback – Taking advice from others is one of the most useful elements of an apprenticeship and it is one of the best ways to improve your existing skills. Being able to receive constructive criticism and then improving your work accordingly be your employer and colleagues will be highly values. Developing your skills early on, will benefit you in the long run.
- Use your initiative – Always listen to your manager, but don’t always wait for them to talk to you about your growth opportunities. Take the initiative if you spot an opportunity, to ask your manager if you can pursue it to your benefit.
- Always ask questions – Your employer won’t expect you to know everything, if you don’t know then ask! You may feel silly asking like you should already know the answer, but you won’t learn with knowing the answers.
Kicking off your career with an apprenticeship is a great way to get a head
start in the field you want to work in. Apprenticeships enable you to start working and earn a decent wage while you learn key skills and gain the qualification that future employers want.