I began my apprenticeship at Level Marketing on 15th of August 2017 and I was of course very nervous, I had never had a full-time job before and had recently finished my first year in 6th form.
During my time in education I was well behaved and for the most part, enjoyed school, but I always knew I wasn't reaching my full potential in that format of learning. School, or well, sitting in a classroom having information drilled into me was never for me. If you’re not academic you can often feel discarded, and that's why apprenticeships are so good, you’re learning on the job as a consequence sometimes of your own mistakes, and in my opinion, that’s the best way.
To say I was nervous would be an understatement so here’s some advice, be yourself! I know it's a cliché, but it’s true if you let your personality come through people feel more comfortable around you. This is especially important if it’s a small company because if you’re going to be working in a small office with 5 or 6 people, they’re not going to employ someone who was hostile in their interview.
It's always good to have examples of work and so on, just in case they ask! You don't have to take in a portfolio or anything formal (unless they ask) just have your work easy to access on your phone or online.
I found it was important to me personally to dress smartly, I felt it gave a good and professional impression as well as making me feel confident in myself. Try not to show too many nerves. Being nervous is normal and totally understandable, but try not to be, the likelihood is they won’t bite! If you can, offer to make a cup of tea or coffee and don't be afraid to introduce yourself to everyone.
Don’t pester your colleagues but if you have nothing to do or need help, don't be afraid to ask. I’ve found it’s always good to ask if you’re needed to do something. Make plenty of hot drinks, although you may not have been employed as the tea maid, everyone loves a colleague who’s extra fond of the kettle. And lastly don't be afraid of answering the office phone, it’s good to ask how the office generally answer the phone for example ‘Good afternoon, Level Marketing…’.
So there are my top tips to someone beginning a new career as an apprentice, enjoy!
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