Fitting in a new challenge alongside being a working mum!

Amy Atkins

May 4 2018

Amy Atkins

Being a Business Administration Apprentice, having worked for the Hampshire Library Service for 4 years is certainly proving to be an interesting experience.

I love my day-to-day job and the sheer randomness of it – one minute I can be singing nursery rhymes with children and their parents at RhymeTime, the next I am using my Library Assistant detective skills to find “…this book I read 10 years ago. It was blue, and had a bird on the front” - When they say Librarians are basically Google with a face, they’re not wrong!

When the Business Administration apprenticeship opportunity came up, it wasn’t something I’d ever considered doing. Being a busy working mum to a (very) lively 8 year old boy, with all the play-dates, clubs and activities that involves, and wife to a busy husband who can’t cook to save his life, I honestly didn’t believe that I had the time or the inclination to add something new into the mix. After thinking about it for a little while however, and after a gentle push from my lovely manager, I decided that I was actually ready for a new challenge, and decided to go for it.

As an almost 35 year old woman, the thought of writing an assignment wasn’t high on my ‘Things I Want To Do Before I’m 40’ list – the last time I wrote anything remotely substantial was nearly 15 years ago when I was at University, and if I’m being honest, I was slightly scared at the prospect of having to write assignments again. Coupled with that was the news that I and the other apprentices would be going on a team-building exercise at Foxlease, involving outdoor activities to build our confidence and co-operative working skills. To say I was petrified was an understatement, and the realisation that I am certainly NOT built for rope climbing didn’t help one bit! Thankfully I’m still alive to tell the tale, and I can proudly say that I did manage to complete the low rope course, and I now know how to build a catapult and make a bridge using only lolly sticks!

My first two assignments are completed and submitted, and I’m now waiting (not so) patiently for my tutors to review them and let me know if I’ve waffled on too much, or whether I actually do have a grasp on what they’re trying to teach me.

To anyone thinking of taking up an apprenticeship, I’d say go for it. To start with, like me, you might wonder what you’ve let yourself in for, but as I’ve settled into it and made a start on the actual work, it’s all fallen into place quite nicely. Our diverse group of apprentices are a lovely bunch, and with support from each other and our tutors, I can confidently say “We’ve got this!”