QA Apprentice Katie Jago blogs about howditching her dead-end jobgave her a career inProject Management.
I left my job to do an apprenticeship becauseI didn’t have anyreal future career prospects. The only thing I was getting out of my previous jobwas a salary; I started an apprenticeship with QA becauseI wanted to get somethingfrombeing at work. An apprenticeshipreally appealed to me;I would be gaining a qualification without being in full time education, all whilst getting paid – RESULT!
I wanted to be in a real-life job with career prospects and routes for progression. For an 18 year oldwith no skills or previous experience in thesector it would have been difficult to get a job in a corporate business environment, but with an apprenticeship that is exactly what companies hiring apprentices are looking for.
I went into a business with basic computer and customer service skills. They trained me up to a level where I was as competent as the other full-time employees. I knew what sort of industry I wanted to work in but I didn’t know what exactly I wanted to do.
I chose QA as the apprenticeship provider because they offeredBusiness apprenticeships– this way I could get a feel of how organisations are run and would be learning the core skills for someone that is working in a business environment.
Since completing myBusiness apprenticeshipsI have gained skills and qualifications that have enabled me to progress onto a Level 4Project Management apprenticeship. I now know that this is what I want to do for my career, andam currently gaining the experience and the qualifications to do it.
I strongly believe that other people who are in a similar situation to me should take up an apprenticeship. It puts you in such an excellent position for future career progression. When applying for futurejobs you’ll be able to tickallthe right boxes; experience and relevant qualifications. An apprenticeshipalso provides you with real life skills that you can take with you and use in any job, such as: communication, customer service, confidence, and professionalism. Whilst completing myapprenticeship I have developed my potential hugelyand feel thatI am on the right trackto success.
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