Jade talks us through her Apprenticeship experience

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Jade shares with us her experience of working as an apprentice at Mayo Wynne Baxter and why she would recommend being an apprentice to others. 

How did you get into doing an apprenticeship?
It was a long and difficult search, but so worth it as I found Creative Process – run by Donna Keenan. She is like a ‘middle man’; she helped me find different Apprenticeship’s and helped me to apply to the ones that suited me. 

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?
I have always wanted to get straight into work when I left education. I had been studying Media Studies since year 9, and that was all I wanted to do. We were continually fed with University being the best option after college, however, I have always thought that experience overrules everything – and I do not regret my decision, I have developed into my career so quickly.

How did you choose Mayo Wynne Baxter for your apprenticeship?
When I was presented with this application, I knew that Mayo Wynne Baxter was the perfect place for me to work. The job description was word for word what I wanted to do in my career and more. I researched the company, and realised very early on that the relationship between employers and employees was amazing, and that is what I wanted; I am young, 18, and I wanted to feel like I fit in with the team, and I had good knowledge that is what Mayo Wynne Baxter would do for me. Many people have praised Mayo Wynne Baxter, so I had heard of the company before I worked here, it is a well established brand, and I couldn’t wait to be a part of something big!

What’s the best thing about working at Mayo Wynne Baxter?
I love being a part of a Marketing team, before I joined here, I didn’t realise how many people you can have as part of a Marketing team. We all work together, combining our skills to get objectives met. I also love the fact I have learnt so much more in just 5 months than I have anywhere else. Being a part of such a good company, I know my tasks, if I am on track, how to do my objectives, what I need to achieve, and what I have achieved – the main highlight of working here, is knowing I will always have support in my career from my colleagues. 

What skills have you developed during your apprenticeship so far that will help you with your career? 
My confidence has always been a huge problem, even all the way through my school years, my mum would go to my parent’s evenings, and they would say everything is perfect apart from: “she doesn’t put her hand up enough”, “she’s very quiet”, “she doesn’t ask questions” etc and it stayed with me until my career life. However, with the help of Creative Process, my Assessor, my colleagues and employers, I have been helped to develop my confidence – I now speak to huge amounts of people at exhibitions, I go to meetings with new people, and liaise with many different people.

Is there an achievement that you are particularly proud of?
I have been nominated for the “National Apprenticeship Awards 2016” – the “Advance Apprentice of the Year Award”. I am extremely excited and proud of this achievement, I have been with my employers only since January 2016, and I have worked my way up to such a great standard. 

Would you recommend an apprenticeship to other people?
An Apprenticeship is the best decision I have ever made, I have developed in every way possible with myself and the work place, I have gained experience which I would not have been able to get without my Apprenticeship. And I am getting paid to learn, which is incredible – I enjoy going to work everyday!

Do you have any advice for people thinking of starting an apprenticeship?
Don’t be like me, and wait for ages, listening to everyone else’s opinions of what I should do with my life and career. Do what you want to do, it’s your life, your career. And whatever you do, put your all into it, and you will achieve great success. JadeMWB

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