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The Apprentice – Ultimate Survival Guide

As an individual who comes from a strong academic background, I was under the impression that I would whizz through any learning environment. After all, I did spend 21 years in education.


After a month of Apprentify, I realised that I had slipped in a lot of areas that I was extremely strong in during University. I also realised that this is the first time in my life that I’ve had to juggle education whilst being in full-time employment.

In reality, this wasn’t my strong suit. However, the beauty of it is that there’s always space for growth and development.


First Impressions


I appreciate the fact that Apprentify eases you into the course. Your first month is just getting back to basics, it includes:

  • Learning to make time for your apprenticeship

  • Working on strengthening your Maths and English skills

  • Building up your confidence by working on self-development tasks

  • Getting comfortable with your Apprentify family

  • Finding your best learning style



Establishing your learning style


During my initial learning assessments, I managed to pinpoint my working style which has massively improved my productivity.

Due to being a startup business, I am currently the only individual in charge of Digital Marketing across 4 brands. This is a lot of pressure, as startup businesses are a lot less organised than established businesses, there’s a lot of spontaneity and a lot of mental note taking.


This working style personally didn’t work for me. To tackle this, I try to micro- organize my work to prevent over-working my brain and burning myself out. I now have 4 ways to organize my work.

At the end of each week, I:

  • Organise my workload for the following week in a notebook

  • Rank my tasks in order of importance

  • Attend a work call with my manager and take further notes relating to unexpected tasks

  • Use my iPhone memo/voice memo application to take notes on the go


Having 4 styles has helped to break down my work. It also serves as quality control to ensure that I have not missed any details.


Communicating with your Apprenticeship family


I am an extremely internal person, meaning that I believe that I am a co-creator of my life. I believe that my reality is shaped from the inside out. This quality has helped me push through extremely difficult situations. Nevertheless, sometimes I find it hard to reach out for help.


In total honesty, I originally felt anxious about the apprenticeship. I am so used to working in a tight-knit team. Meeting new professionals almost seemed daunting, I was very deep in my comfort zone.


‘Sam’ from Apprentify has been amazing, she got me all setup and introduced me to my trainer ‘Ellis.’ She regularly reaches out to me, via phone call or text and checks in to see how I’m doing.


My first call with Ellis was extremely in-depth and I felt a lot more comfortable with my ‘action plan.’

This has given me the confidence to reach out if I need help and It has also helped me realise that It is ok to struggle. Through struggle comes perseverance.



Self-Reflection

From a professional point of view, this is something that I was lacking. Due to the pressure, my main focus would always be to get through deadlines, get the job done, and on to the next one. Self-reflection is the best and quickest way to evolve in whatever you do.


As a result, whenever I finish a task, I compare the predicted outcome with the actual outcome. I bridge the gap by pinpointing where I went wrong, what could have been better, what were my strengths and weaknesses. I adapted this technique by doing a personal ‘SWOT analysis’ task set by Apprentify.


The thing that I love most about my journey so far is that Apprentify put the building blocks in place for you. This 2 in1 balance, tailors your studies to real-life tasks that you’re already conducting at work.


The rest is up to the apprentice, you just have to become more confident in yourself as a professional and believe that anything is achievable with enough discipline and consistency.

What you put in is what you’ll get out.


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