Hi, my name’s Alexandra Owens – I’m 18 years of age, and I’m the Social Media and Digital Marketing apprentice here at Babington. I have just finished my first month as an apprentice and I must say I am looking forward to the rest of the year.
My first day was the worst and best day by far. It was my worst day because when I woke up on the Monday morning, I was so nervous I chewed off all my fingernails. I take pride in my long finely filed finger nails, so I was pretty upset with myself. However it was my best day because it was the polar opposite of what I expected: I was afraid I wouldn’t fit in, but everybody was so welcoming.
I was set up with my own computer and was given an array of new stationary. Also I wasn’t thrown head first into the deep end which is what I feared most. I was so worried I would make mistakes and that I would jeopardise my position. But of course I was just working myself up into a big ball of stress over nothing, because I learnt the best thing to do is to ask questions!
Before starting my role, my supervisor Sam (head of social media) told me he wanted a new social media platform to represent Babington and the apprenticeships we offer, so I suggested Instagram as a new way to interact with potential learners. When I was given the position of Social Media apprentice, Samuel set me a project to produce an Instagram page and get a least 100 followers by National Apprenticeship Week 2016.
I have been very successful in doing this as there is a week until apprenticeship week and I have over 250 followers! Sam gave me full responsibility of the page which gave me great confidence in myself. I am proud of my achievement and I have received a lot of support, motivation and praise from Sam and the rest of my team. On Instagram, I hope to give learners like myself useful knowledge about apprenticeships and how they can play a great part in building your career.
If you are due to start an apprenticeship or you are considering applying for one, just make sure you are prepared and organised. If you are worried or stuck then don’t be afraid to ask questions, as your colleagues are always there to help. The whole idea of an apprenticeship is to be trained and to gain experience – you’re never expected to walk in on your first day and know the ins and outs.
I struggled through school and a year of college because honestly, I am not a very academic person. But an apprenticeship for me is the best decision I ever made. I no longer worry about my future.