In my opinion, apprentices start out as nervous youngsters taking their first steps into the professional world, but with time and effort finish their course with priceless industry experience – as well as a qualification to match! I wanted to share six important tips from my time as an apprentice.
Do – Be Inquisitive
The best way to gain knowledge is to use your experienced colleagues! Don’t be scared to ask questions – if you’re ever unsure about something, just ask. Your colleagues will be more than happy to provide you with the answers you need. During my time at Bewonder*, the biggest lesson I have learnt is that no question is a silly question!
Don’t – Be passive
This one is simple really – the harder you work and the further you push your boundaries, the greater the outcome will be and most importantly, the more knowledge you will gain! Apprenticeships shouldn’t be easy. You are planting the seeds to grow your expertise in subjects you never knew existed. This isn’t to say you should bite off more than you can chew, however you’ll make a great impression if you’re actively trying new, advanced tasks and pushing yourself!
Do – Be enthusiastic
Share your ideas. A lack of work experience doesn’t mean that you can’t make positive impacts and helpful suggestions. Making an improvement on smaller, ad-hoc tasks will always create a positive image for you within the company, and you’ll soon be trusted with larger, more exciting projects!
Don’t – Be afraid to ask for help
There will always be tasks you don’t quite understand the first time. This doesn’t mean you’ve failed or that you can’t do it, it just means you need more time to perfect it! Asking for help demonstrates that you have the willingness to learn and determination to succeed at the task, whatever it takes.
Do – Have fun
Jobs don’t have to be full of doom and gloom, dreading waking up on a Monday morning. You should be able to enjoy your job whilst studying at the same time. Apprenticeships are a valuable way to learn whilst you earn and if you use the opportunity well, you should find yourself in the best position to begin your career afterwards.
Don’t – Isolate yourself
A great way to thrive in the workplace is to engage with your colleagues at all levels of the business. To broaden your network, you should show interest in various parts of the business, as well being confident in expressing your opinion in a professional manner. Professional relationships are the key to personal and career development!
Your apprenticeship doesn’t have to be a scary, difficult time. Hard work and effort is the best way to utilise your time as an apprentice. Hopefully with these top tips you’ll feel empowered to make the most of your experience, and most importantly, have fun!
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