Hello, my name is Gabriel and recently I’ve started working for Salamandra as an apprentice. National Apprenticeship Week has arrived (5th to 9th of March) and I thought it would be great to share my experience as an apprentice with you so that you can get a better understanding of what it feels like! Whether you’re looking for an apprenticeship or considering hiring one!
Back to Basics
Before I started my apprenticeship, I was studying at a college and working part-time. The thought of doing an apprenticeship had never occurred to me, but it seemed like a great concept which had peaked my interests. Apprenticeships offer you the chance to study towards a diploma or degree, have a full-time job and an opportunity to work within the industry you like.
With this in mind, I decided to do some more research, discovering that there were many schemes that range in levels and subjects. The main course that caught my attention was digital marketing, as its something I had already been familiar with practising. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that it was time for me to embark on a new adventure where I can add value to a business improving my qualifications as I go along. In time Salamandra came across my CV and invited me for an interview where I passed and was offered a job!
Salamandra & I
My first week here was an amazing experience. The team was really nice at welcoming me and I found it easy to learn their system. I remember feeling excited and eager to start my apprenticeship. The team started me with teaching me about my role and developing my skills, working closely with the graphic designers & animators as well as directly with the CEO.
It was a challenge, to say the least, but over time I learnt the business patterns and key duties. I got the hang of things and eventually started to feel more comfortable doing my day to day tasks. Over time I’ve been taught how to manage the CRM, how to monitor the marketing channels, writing blogs and email campaigns and creating social media content.
I’m learning great tactics here with Salamandra, every day I face a new challenge and, in all honesty, I like being challenged. It keeps my mind occupied in a way that entertains me. Outside of Salamandra however, I’ve been learning more about my diploma attending 3aaa’s training sessions and revising at home. So far, I’ve been having lots of fun working here, Salamandra is a great team to work with. The things I’ve been learning here as an apprentice are really beneficial in launching my career forward.
Overall there have been some good results and some bad, but as an apprentice, you’re given the chance to learn from your mistakes, you’re given the chance to correct yourself, re-formatting the things you know and through the coming months I’ll be able to identify mistakes, anticipating them before they even occur!
All in all, I hope this blog has given you some insight into what it’s like being an apprentice as were not a bad bunch! We’re determined, eager and motivated to learn side by side with you and your business, going forward in time it’s definitely an experience we take on for the rest of our careers. You’ll always remember where you started off am I right? And as an employer, an apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to give back to your community and help to shape the next generation forward.
If you’re also looking for a career in digital marketing but don’t know where to start, an apprenticeship is a fantastic alternative to college or university. You get the chance to do some work experience and study for a full diploma or degree in your chosen subject! Make sure to follow us on social media we love to hear some feedback and if your still curious to know more about apprenticeships check out our other blog on it here.