Apprentices: Read our Top Tips on How to Make the Most of Your Apprenticeship
Whether you’re at the start of your apprenticeship journey or midway through, you’ll want to get as much out of the opportunity as possible. We’ve put together a listicle that explains how you can make the most of your apprenticeship.
- Getting to know your colleagues
This may seem daunting at first but trying to get to know as many people in your department will help you settle in. The longer you work at the company, the more likely you will form a professional network and connections. Try to attend networking opportunities or meetings that give you the chance to meet people.
Tip: Learn people's names, their job titles and their role to help you develop professional relationships.
- Schedule in meetings with your line manager
You may find you have questions on projects you've been asked to work on and there's no reason to feel afraid when it comes to asking for clarification. Ask your line manager to show you how you can tackle a certain task - you will not be expected to know everything straight away. The worst thing to do is stay quiet and struggle to meet the deadlines.
Tip: Find out the availability of your line manager and request a meeting slot.
- Showing willingness to learn
Make sure you have a positive attitude towards your apprenticeship role and how you tackle any tasks. A can-do attitude goes a long way in terms of showing your employer your enthusiasm to get the job done and will be appreciated by your colleagues. It also shows your willingness to learn new skills as you develop and grow in your role as an apprentice.
Tip: By showing an interest could lead to more opportunities
- Prepare for your assessor meetings
As part of your apprenticeship, you will be expected to meet monthly with your assessor who will set tasks for you to complete before the next visit. It's important that you set time aside in your weekly schedule to focus on theory and practical side of your apprenticeship. This will help you to become more organised with prioritising workload, planning your time and how well you can adapt to time management.
Tip: Make sure you're clear on what is expected of you before the next assessor visit to ensure you can get the work done.
- Think about your next career move
While you may not think about this at the beginning of your apprenticeship, over time you will gradually learn more about your working style and the projects you enjoy working on. Often or not you will be able to think about where you want to take your career. This could include progressing onto higher level apprenticeships, gain a permanent position with your current employer or gain a promotion after your apprenticeship has finished.
Tip: Showing your willingness to learn will help you progress.
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