Apprenticeships are becoming a very popular choice for career changes, as well as school leavers, as they provide a great balance between workplace experience and classroom learning. There are far more applicants than apprenticeships each year and so, if you are accepted onto an apprenticeship programme you should do all you can to make the most of it. Making the most of your apprenticeship will also help you stand out and have more chance of finding a job in your preferred area on completion. Here are some top tips for maximising the potential an apprenticeship gives you.
Engage and Learn
Being out of the classroom and in the workplace can be empowering and exciting but it is also easy to get drawn away from the reason you’re there, to learn and develop your skills. Everyone you work with is someone you can learn from and spending time with your new colleagues can be both social and a learning exercise. Draw on the skills and experience of your colleagues and take time to learn as much as you can from them. Many will be more than happy to share their experiences and even offer mentorship.
Practice Positivity and Confidence
Apprenticeships involve investment from both the government and their employer, so as they invest in you, you should give them all you have and be as positive as possible. Eagerness to learn and the confidence to try out your new skills will be looked upon positively by your employer. A positive attitude to work is something you may need to learn as you go, especially if school wasn’t the best experience for you. Taking the time to integrate yourself, get involved and work hard will be noticed and it will stand you in good stead throughout your apprenticeship and for your future career.
Be Goal Driven
An apprenticeship can take three or four years to complete so setting goals may seem difficult but there’s nothing wrong with aiming high. Set a goal for the completion of your apprenticeship and have mini goals along the way to keep you motivated. Your employer will check in with you and you’ll have regular appraisals which give you a chance to assess your goals and show your employer your enthusiasm and commitment going forward.
An apprenticeship does not always lead to a job with the company you’ve been working for, but it is invaluable experience and a qualification you can take forwards to other firms. Taking on board everything you have the chance to learn and putting it into practice as often as possible will allow your skillset to build more rapidly and make you an even more desirable employee in the future.
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