Why I Chose An apprenticeship?
It began with a decision, a rout I would need to choose. I was sixteen and just left school; I had no idea what I wanted to be or do. I had studied engineering for two years and excelled but it didn’t enjoy it. I had a choice… go to college and study something new that I would hopefully like or be safe and go to a recommended collage that specialised in engineering. In 2017 (September 3rd) I began my Level 3 in Engineering at UTC Warrington. Unfortunately, I had made the wrong choice. Even though I enjoyed going to college and seeing my new-found friends the course just wasn’t for me. After applying for several collages, I learnt that I would have to wait until the following year to move. Doomed! I searched the web for a solution and came across Apprenticeships. After looking through a few that didn’t really interest me I found Blue Whale Media.
Why Blue Whale Media?
Blue Whale Media stood out to me because they are a local company that wanted someone to fill a Customer Service roll. Personally, I love talking to new people and interacting with the public and in this was something they was looking for. After reviewing the position, I had realised this was a great opportunity as after the apprenticeship was complete there was also a full-time job waiting for the applicant. Furthermore, there was opportunity for real experience. I saw Blue Whale Media as not just a web design place but a company with a well-established team I possibly could join.
So? I decided I would go for it; I applied. The very next morning I received a call from a man named Mick who was from a training provider (3aaa Liverpool). He had woken me up and conducted a telephone interview before I had barley opened my eyes. He explained he was working with Blue Whale Media and that his company was the apprenticeship side of things. Towards the end of the call he asked me if I could attend an interview in Liverpool and if I could also complete a few tests. The next steps after successfully moving to the next section was an interview with both Steph and Garry (managing directors) at Blue Whale Media. It went well, I think. I got the job!
My first week
Starting immediately on an early Monday morning I was told they forgot to ask me one final question, the deal breaker, “Do you like dogs?” … “Yeah, course” … “Great!” I was then introduced to three additional office staff Sid, Molly and George who are all very cute dogs.
I was given a new desk and state of the art computer to match. Danielle, who was head of account management and was lovely, was going to be the one training me as she was due for maternity leave in a few months. I would be looking after things while she was away.
I was put straight into training and achieved GDPR, Cyber Security and customer service courses. Learning how to use everything takes time but I learnt and still am learning bits step by step. I believe I was thrown in at the deep end, but I was also thrown the help and recourses I needed. In my first week I have given many tasks such as emailing clients, setting up new accounts and writing this blog.
What I have learnt?
As previously mentioned I have learnt and achieved GDPR, cyber security and customer service. As well as that I have also learnt things in a practical environment such as populating ecommerce websites with products. I have also handled client accounts as well as communicating with 3rd parties. I have also developed my communication skills to interact with not only clients but my team.
I still don’t know what I want for my tea never mind what I want to be as my final career, but I think I am on the right path. I love working at Blue Whale Media and hopefully I will be here for the foreseeable future. I have already learnt so much and can’t wait to learn so much more. Blue Whale Media, Thank you.