Spring’s apprentice, Jasmine Pottinger, has been with us for more than six months now. She’s a great addition to our team. We wanted to know what her tips are for making the most of your apprenticeship.
Organise your time
Make sure you get yourself a diary for you to keep track of important dates and deadlines. You may not have much to write down to begin with, but it won’t be long before you have lots of things to remember! It can be really easy to forget things when you’re busy, so a diary is a great investment to make.
Starting a job in a field that you have no experience in can be very scary. Something that really helped me out was researching more into the company and getting my head around the world of marketing before my starting date. This eased me into my new surroundings and helped me feel prepared for my role. My first week at Spring, I had an induction training schedule involving various team members helping me learn certain tasks.
There’s no point in doing an apprenticeship if you’re going to be lazy. Putting 100% into the tasks that you’re given will lead to you being given more exciting jobs with more responsibility. The company will be more inclined to keep you on after your apprenticeship if you’ve become a valuable member of the team.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
As a new apprentice with no previous experience, you’re bound to come across barriers that you can’t break yourself. Asking questions is a key part of learning and the people you work with will always be happy to help you out. In fact, they’ll probably prefer that you’re making the effort to learn rather than sitting there confused. The team here are really helpful should I need any advice.
Learn from colleagues
You can learn a lot from the people that you’re working with. If someone is really good at copywriting, take a look at things that they have recently written and talk to them about how you can improve your pieces of work.
Take care of yourself
This is important for everyone, but especially so when you’re learning. Make sure you get into a proper sleeping pattern, eat breakfast, and keep active. It’s tricky to pay attention and remember all the new things you’re learning if your mind’s not in it.
Don’t beat yourself up
Everyone makes mistakes, especially when they’re new to something. Learn from every mistake and use them to improve your skills. Everyone needs time to get things right, and in a few months, you’ll have forgotten all about those small mistakes you made the first month.
You’re starting your career and that is very exciting. First of all, make sure that you enjoy yourself and look forward to the opportunities that are ahead of you.