I started my apprenticeship in September 2019. I was nervous to get back into education and assessment writing. However, it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made to embark on the apprenticeship. I have met so many great people within my office and my learning group who are supportive and welcoming, especially as I started the programme a little bit later. I have built my knowledge and skillset up in a couple of months and I’m looking forward to completing my qualification in the next year or so and hopefully securing a role afterwards which will give me new challenges.
Before I applied for the job, I didn’t know at all what I wanted to pursue as a career. I always knew I didn’t want to go onto university after college and I think an apprenticeship is a perfect alternative. I can work in an office environment whilst studying, which for me is a balance that I really enjoy.
One of the biggest challenges with starting the apprenticeship and my role is getting into the routine of a full-time job. Coming from having a year out where I was working a couple of part time jobs made transitioning to a full-time post quite challenging. Now I have figured out a good routine I have become a lot more accustomed to work and therefore do not find surviving a seven-and-a-half-hour day a challenge!
I struggle with confidence issues and upon reflection since starting my role in august my confidence has grown. During some of the apprenticeship workshops we do group work which has helped because we work all together, and all contribute ideas. The group is lovely which makes it enjoyable and it doesn’t feel like a school or college environment. I am completing tasks as early as possible, so I know I am on top of my workload. I find this eliminates any stress when the office is busy, and I don’t have to worry about my apprenticeship work because I know it is all done.
My most profound learning moment was when I first learnt how to use the access databases which I work with daily in my role. They were completely new to me, so I had no idea how to operate them. After I had been shown, it was rewarding to be able to use them with ease and naturally gravitate to them in order to complete my daily tasks. This is something I have never encountered before and I’m hoping I can continue to build my knowledge and understanding with how more databases work.
So far, I have really enjoyed my time at Hampshire County Council, and I am looking forward to new challenges and opportunities my apprenticeship will bring. I would recommend apprenticeships wholeheartedly as it has been the best thing for me in regard to what I want as a career.
18 December 2019