I left college early and now I have a future to shout about!Posted: 20th of January 2015 by
QA Apprentice Emma Clark talks about how she got a future to shout about through doing an apprenticeship.
After getting my AS results, I realised that I had to make a choice; whether to go back to college and endure the pressure of homework, coursework or exams, or possibly get an apprenticeship. It was a pretty easy choice. I loved the fact that through an apprenticeship you could earn whilst you learn, get qualifications and learn skills that were much more valuable than any I would learn in a classroom, there were no disadvantages.
Uni also wasn’t an option.
I hated the idea of getting into debt, many of the people I know that completed university are now in jobs that have nothing to do with their degree, and have a huge student loan to deal with.
My cousin originally told me about QA, she said it was a really good website for apprenticeships. She knew that I was looking and together we sat down and went through a range of different opportunities, applying for a few that piqued my interest.
When I had my first interview with QA, I had never had an interview before and was so nervous, I really wanted to make a good impression. They were lovely and helped me relax right away.
They could tell that I really wanted to get into an apprenticeships, and told me about an apprenticeship that had come up within QA itself. They asked if I would like to speak to the marketing team to know some more about the role, I agreed. I was feeling confident however that quickly turned into nerves as I realised I had to meet more new people and make a good impression. Nasheta, who interviewed me, realised and quickly calmed me down, offering to stay in the room to make me more comfortable.
Then I had my second interview, with the marketing team, they told me all about the role and honestly it really appealed to me, I would be doing a range of different things, andlearning so many new skills. Once it was over I was told that they would let me know by Tuesday the latest. However I got a call, 20 minutes after I got home, and they offered me the apprenticeship. I accepted without hesitation, I was honestly speechless. I was still at college at the time, so on the Monday I went to tell them I was dropping out. My teachers wished me luck, and two weeks later I started at QA, as the new engagement apprentice. I haven’t regretted my decision once since.
I think that anyone else who is feeling confused about their future and doesn’t know whether college, sixth form or even university is the best thing for them, I would tell them to seriously consider an apprenticeship!
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