I haven’t updated the blog for a while, my apologies, but i think i’ve got some pretty fair excuses. In the last month, i’ve finished my Apprenticeship, started a new job role, moved out and bought a new car – told you i had some fair excuses! This blog post will focus on the end of my apprenticeship and what career moves i’ve chosen for next.
I’ve called this post the final chapter because the blog was primarily about my apprenticeship, which has now been completed. It took me a year (which has recently been made the minimum time to complete an apprenticeship) and it’s been a really useful stage in my career. So after piecing together all the evidence, making sure all the units were covered and my portfolio was submitted for verifying (this is where someone in the training provider has the responsibility to verify the portfolio has been completed satisfactorily), the course was complete!
I say it’s been really useful because not only do i now have a new qualification, i have a priceless year of experience working in a business environment. I would definitely say that this experience has taught me more than the apprenticeship, but without the course i wouldn’t have had the job opportunity in the first place.
So my new job role – i’ve moved from being an apprentice administrator to personal assistant to the managing director. I’m still new to the role and i’ve still got a lot of the same responsibilities as before so it’s difficult to tell you much about it. Obviously i’m really happy i’ve been given a full-time job role in the company after completing my apprenticeship and i’m still getting to learn valuable experiences which is so key for me to help my career grow.
I’m not going to stop the learning process either. I’m enrolling on an Open University course in June to keep developing my skills and knowledge. It will mean a lot of hard work (it’s a distance learning degree which means i will have to complete work in my free time) and commitment but i’m looking forward to it. My apprenticeship was in business administration so i’m looking to continue that by studying business studies with a focus on environment and sustainability (a keen interest of mine).
In the case of Orangeo, it will be difficult to keep it running myself (you’ve probably noticed developments have slowed down a lot recently), but i’ve got plans for it and no intentions of closing it down. It’s been really positive being able to share my apprenticeship experiences and i hope that my blog can be used as a reference to find out more about any aspects of what being an apprentice can be like.