I got an Unconditional offer to study Finance and Accountancy at University but I turned that offer down to start a Level 4 Business and Marketing Apprenticeship with BPP, which my friends couldn’t believe! University was always a second choice for me, I was looking at accountancy apprenticeships and after looking online, I found a marketing apprenticeship and it sounded like something that I’d enjoy and something that I hadn’t done before. I literally got my results on the Thursday and started work on the Monday.
I think I wanted to do an apprenticeship after my older brother did one, I hadn’t considered it before then. He’s four years older than me so he started his apprenticeship when I was doing my GCSE’s and at that stage, I wasn’t thinking that far ahead. He now has a full-time job and his company keep on offering him new courses to do, he’s moved out into his own place and has a really nice car and he’s now well ahead of his friends who went to University who still live at home! I thought it suited me too because I’ willing to learn and the opportunity sounded fantastic.
I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone not sure of University or even if they want to go to University but haven’t looked at other options. It’s not a traditional route, you don’t expect to be working in an office at 18 but I feel very mature and the experience is brilliant. Some people think an apprenticeship is just construction or hairdressing but it’s not, I’m treated like a valued member of the team and have a very high level of responsibility, I can’t wait to see what I could be doing in 5 years’ time.
My apprenticeship is great, people don’t think what I’m doing is as viable as getting a degree but I’m still getting an industry recognised qualification and I have work experience. Employers love experience, the opportunity I have is great and I know my employer is likely to hire me full-time because they’ve spent the time training me up. At the moment, I do social media, code emails, work on different projects, I engage with apprentices, attend apprenticeship shows and sometimes I do a bit of work to do with employers. I’ve been thrown in the deep end a number of times and I enjoy that challenge or learning along the way.
My training is great; we get calls every month from our assessor and if I have any queries or I’m confused they’re just a phone call away. He guides us through it to make sure we don’t fall behind the relationship I’ve built with my assessor is brilliant.
I was looking at NAS across a broad area of apprenticeships, mainly in finance and accounting. I came across GetMyFirstJob when on that site, and between those, found my apprenticeship. I was continually searching and I had a few unsuccessful tries but as soon as this vacancy came up on GetMyFirstJob I applied for it. I thought it was so useful that I could put my CV up on the website and it provided me with so much information about the company and the vacancy so it was easy for me to know what to do.