Being an apprentice

Not going to lie – being an apprentice is hard, especially if you've only just started out. BUT, if you are determined and persistent like me, then you'll do just fine. I'm currently starting my Gold Arts Award with Unit Twenty Three as the Projects Assistant, and so far it's going pretty well. So I'm going to provide some information on what it's like to be a new apprentice. Don't worry, you'll be fine. Trust me!

Being an apprentice

Day 1:

On my first day, I entered the orange office suite – nervous as hell – with no idea of what to expect. At first, I assumed I would be doing boring admin work. Luckily, this wasn't the case – I was welcomed by a pair of helpful employers who showed me the ropes of how the company and the office worked, such as going through health and safety and social media policies (There were also chocolate cookies. Very important stuff). To be honest, I did feel overwhelmed considering it was my first day in full-time employment. However, I went home that day feeling positive about the role I was going to carry out!

Day 2:

This was probably the most interesting day, as I learnt about how the social media management of the company worked, and I even made my first post to Facebook (facebook.com/unittwentythree) and Twitter (@Unittwentythree.) This may not seem like a big deal, but since I've been told that I'm going to be in charge of the social media for the company, it does seem pretty daunting. It's actually pretty straightforward – making a post on social media helps promote the company in new ways and, by sharing the posts to other people, it can really benefit me and the company. (I'm not sure if you can understand what I've just written, because I don't. Seriously.)

Day 3:

This is the day that my apprenticeship really got going – after spending a couple of hours filling out forms with my tutor, I eventually learnt about my online portfolio to upload all of the work that I will be completing in due course for it all to be assessed by the assessing assessors. (I GOT A FREE TABLET. A FREE ONE. YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS MEANS TO ME!) I'm actually pretty excited to make a start on this apprenticeship.

As you can tell, the past few days have been pretty straightforward, although at the moment it's still pretty new to me, but I believe I'm starting to get used to it. Yes it's going to be hard, but it will be worth it. Hopefully, once I've completed my apprenticeship with Unit Twenty Three, I will go to university and complete a degree in Graphic Design or something similar in the near future. As of now, for anyone starting an apprenticeship: Keep going. You're doing fine!

Keep watching for more updates from me and Unit Twenty Three!

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Luke Taylor

Luke Taylor Contributor

I work as the Network Administrator for Voice. Having completed my apprenticeship at Unit Twenty Three, I continue my work supporting Voice and the Youth Network in whatever way possible. Music is my passion, and I will happily talk about all the bands you've probably never heard of!

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