Should You Take An Apprenticeship? And How To Make The Most Of It!Posted: 5th of June 2015 by
You may not be sure whether you want to take an apprenticeship, if it is the right choice for you, and how to make the most of the opportunity if you do. Don’t worry, we have some advice that should help you along the way, from working out if you want to be an apprentice, to how to get accepted, and shine while you train.
Of course, without knowing your exact circumstances, it would be impossible to tell you whether an apprenticeship is right for you – it depends on what career you want, your qualifications, and all sorts of other factors. However, if you are the sort of person who likes to learn by actually doing something then an apprenticeship could offer you the best way to learn a job, trade, or career.
Have a look at the range of apprenticeships available and see if there is one that lines up with your chosen career, You may be surprised at the broad range of apprenticeships that are available in a wide range of roles, so have a look – it can’t hurt to check, can it?
You will need to apply for an apprenticeship, but you are not expected to already be an expert, so don’t worry if you have never worked in that particular area before (or had a job at all!). Instead, show that you are reliable or what skills you have from, for example, being part of a sports team. Also, try to find out as much as you can about the job and the employer you hope to work with. It will impress them if they see that you have done your research and know something about the employer. Remember, an apprenticeship application is like any other job application, so you may be competing with others to be accepted. Also, make sure you understand exactly what the apprenticeship entails, so you know if it is right for you.
Once you land that apprenticeship it is time to stand out. However, you are not competing with other apprentices, instead it is better to focus on your own progress. Try to improve yourself rather than battle with others. This will ensure your keep growing while stopping any unnecessary bad feeling against other employees.
Make friends with everyone that you can – not just others who are apprentices or the same age as you. Work is about connections and networking, so be aware to forge those links that may be useful later and could get you a permanent job when the apprenticeship is over.
However, you are still learning, so don’t get down if you make mistakes. Just learn the lessons and move on. Ask questions and show you are enthusiastic for the job, especially if there is something you don’t understand. You are there to learn, so don’t be afraid to ask questions when you need to – just pay attention to the answers so you don’t have to ask again later!
Finally, don’t be afraid to go further to impress. Look and ask for opportunities to take your career to the next level, find out new information and learn skills outside of your specific role where you can. They may all come in useful later.
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