So you’ve landed an apprenticeship, congratulations! Now you need to start preparing for your role – to help you out, we’ve gathered our top tips on what not to do in your programme.
Your first few days as an apprentice are for you to find your feet and be inducted to the company, so don’t panic if your workload is light. Focus on meeting your new team and settling into your role; the responsibilities will come after.
Don’t overdo it.
When you start your apprenticeship, it can be easy to worry yourself about little things, and lose your work-life balance as a result. Your wellbeing should always come first, so remember to:
- Get plenty of sleep – most people recommend 8 hours, but whatever you find works for you
- Eat well – you might find yourself in a rush, but take the time to fuel your body for the day ahead
- Exercise – whether it’s playing a sport, running, or taking regular walks, exercise can have a fantastic effect onyour mood, making you feel calmer and happier. You might even find your new company has a sports team you can join!
Don’t be too hard on yourself.
A lot of our apprentices say their biggest mistake was putting too much pressure on themselves. They were nervous about potentially messing up, forgetting someone’s name or being late. And the fact is, that might happen to you, but it’s not the end of the world! Your apprenticeship is all about learning to do things for the very first time, so it’s expected you might not be perfect. Be kind to yourself and you’ll relax into the role.
Don’t be a lone wolf.
Be willing to admit when you’re not sure how to do something – you’re there to learn and that’s OK! It can be tempting when the rest of your team know their jobs inside out, but remember you’re just starting off. Your manager is more likely to be annoyed if you pretend you know everything and make more mistakes because of it.
An apprenticeship is all about learning, you won’t be expected to know everything and your team will understand that. Show your ability to work as a team and learn from your colleagues – you might find it’s a great way of making new friends.
Don’t give up.
Apprenticeships aren’t supposed to be easy. At times, you may feel overwhelmed juggling your new responsibilities against your studies, and this is when it’s most important to stay motivated. Talk to your manager, your Skills Coach and Assessor or a friend, anyone who can help support you through the tricky times.
Remember how far you’ve come, and where your apprenticeship is taking you. Work hard and you’ll reap the rewards.