I became a Hampshire County Council employee in February 2017, and joined the Highways Operation Centre team.
Prior to starting my role as a Highways Support Assistant, I had previously worked in a variety of coffee shops through Hampshire. As you can imagine, I got to the point in my life where I needed to decide what I wanted to do and which career path I believed I should take.
Naturally, I felt disheartened thinking that I missed my chance to learn something new as I wouldn’t be able to afford a course at a college, or spend three or more years at a university that might not even be right for me.
I had considered doing an apprenticeship to ‘earn whilst I learn’, but I was discouraged by the risk that I might not have been able to afford to live off the wage. Fortunately for me, I have an angel on my shoulder, my mum, who can always put things into perspective and reassure me that everything will be OK.
True to her word, we came across the apprenticeships scheme through Hampshire County Council which is an amazing opportunity for anyone to take. It meant that I could still comfortably afford to live, get a qualification in Business Administration, whilst gaining experience, skills and knowledge in a sector that is completely new to me.
For me this was a no brainer.
I remember going to the interview in the morning, which turned out to be a group one where we did different activities and tasks. This eased me past the initial interview nerves and comforted me to come out of my shell. Delighted, I received a phone call later that day being offered the opportunity to join as an apprentice, and since then I have never looked back.