Apprentice Survival Tip: “Seek out new opportunities to learn wherever possible.”
Still a lot to learn
I knew for a while that I didn’t want to go to university when I finished college, but I still had a lot to learn, so an apprenticeship seemed like it would be the best choice for me. I did a lot of independent research and decided that I wanted to go into a career in business administration. A lot of people don’t realise that the role is so much more than sitting at a desk doing tedious admin all day; you can get a deep insight into the business and really add value through the work you do.
A lot of my time is spent administrating Agility – our business management procedure- and I’ve recently been spending time in meetings learning how to protect the business from threats to information as part of a new security initiative.
Going into the construction industry on the other hand was far from a conscious choice and initially I was put off by the stereotypes of loutish young men on a building site. I have to say that since coming to Interserve the stereotype has been completely shattered for me, as my work environment is not like that at all. Everyone across all departments is nice, helpful and friendly and I really enjoy coming to work and spending time with my colleagues.
I get a lot of job satisfaction from what I do and plan to stay at Interserve if possible and work my way up the ladder. Ultimately I’m not sure exactly what I want to do, but I know I’m in the perfect environment to help me be best placed to take the next step, whatever that may be.
If I could offer any advice to an apprentice just starting out it would be to seek out opportunities to learn wherever possible. You’re not the finished article yet and everyone in every role can actively work on improving certain aspects of what they do to become even better. I’m very keen to learn and know I still have a long way to go, but I’m determined to constantly improve my skills and knowledge to become the best I can be.
Fortunately, with Interserve, there are plenty of opportunities to learn available, and I like the fact that I’m always kept on my toes.
Crystal Guerin worked as a Business Administration Apprentice based at George Road.
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