Daniel's blog: 22 August 2017
Tuesday 22 August 2017 4.30pm
Previous: 28 July 2017
My name’s Dan and I’m a Business Administration Apprentice with Hoople. My job is to unlock the filing cabinets in the morning, manage certificates, help with filing away paperwork, and one or two other things. I’ve been writing these blogs for almost a year to give readers an insight into my life as an apprentice and to help anybody that’s on the fence about doing an apprenticeship.
Throughout these past eleven months working at Hoople, I have gained so much from working with the Contracts team. Looking back to when I first began, I was like a completely different person! I couldn’t speak to strangers without becoming a mumbling mess, which made the first few weeks at the training centre incredibly awkward as it was difficult working with colleagues outside of the team.
Over the course of the year, I have gradually broken out of that shell and done things that I had never thought I could do. When I first applied for this job, I had never imagined doing anything past managing certificates and helping with filing away, but now I have my own duties and responsibilities that only I can do. It’s also an amazing feeling to have been earning a salary, which I had used to purchase my own car that I use to commute to work every day!
After completing my apprenticeship in September, I’m going to take a gap year out to start a part-time job and I hope to earn enough money to backpack across Europe. I know it sounds peculiar but I doubt that I will ever have another chance to do something like this again, as I am currently at a point in my life where I don’t have any commitments like school, work, or paying bills. I would also like to use this time to learning more about graphical and web design as I still want to advance my career in a marketing related field afterwards. I have even begun learning HTML and CSS in my spare time, along with Adobe Photoshop, and InDesign. Admittedly, I’m terrible at all four, but I like to think that I’m slowly improving.
Do I regret doing my apprenticeship with the Contracts Team instead of with a specialized marketing company? Absolutely not! The roles that I have been set are so mixed that I can build my career in any direction I like. For starters, I have learned basic yet really useful life skills like how to be well spoken to a company representative, whilst being more relaxed and informal when speaking to a learner, which helped enormously when I had gotten into the practice of using the telephone at the reception desk. I have also learned a bit about public speaking and leadership whilst being an exam invigilator, and I have become a lot more comfortable with talking in front of a group of people. Best of all, I had the chance to work in an amazing team that helped me every step of the way. I genuinely doubt that I would be the person that I am today without them.
Overall, I definitely recommend at least trying out an apprenticeship whether or not you’re attracted to the idea of going to university straight away. It’s surprising what sort of opportunities are out there in Herefordshire—and don’t get me started on Worcestershire! There are many employers who are looking for an apprentice and you may be just what they’re looking for. Don’t forget to check out the National Apprenticeship Service website for current opportunities (including Hoople’s).
Thank you so much for following my story until the end and I hope you have enjoyed reading these as much as I have in writing them.
Daniel Robinson, Business Administration Apprentice at Hoople
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