Apprentice Week - Wednesday - Why I became an apprentice and my expectations from this

By Jess

In 2015, my friends and I joined a computing club at school and were entered into the CyberFirst Girls Competition hosted by the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC). It was this competition that made me realise I wanted to pursue career in Computer Science. During a discussion on future career paths, my A-Level Computer Science teacher suggested I look into apprenticeships, having worked in the industry before teaching, he explained the benefits of experience, working in a team, and the social interaction that could be gained from an apprentice role. After speaking to several people in the industry during BarCamp Manchester in 2019, I found out about the type of skills that people look for during job interviews and it was suggested that I look into MMU’s Apprenticeship Degree Program. The idea of having first hand experience and building upon different skills such as team work, communication, problem solving and many more influenced me along this path to start applying for apprenticeships.

When I first started my role at Epix in September, I was excited to start this journey and gain the skills available from any opportunities given to me, however, I was also nervous as I didn’t know what to expect. I now know, despite restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, that everyone at Epix is really friendly and will happily offer a helping hand. Through the work I have done at Epix so far, I have already started to build upon many of the skills that I hoped to further develop during my apprenticeship. I have also built upon some of these skills through group projects and interactions at MMU. I hope to develop these further throughout the upcoming years.

Overall, I do believe my expectations for an apprenticeship have been met. I am learning new skills everyday and enjoy my job. I look forward to what the future holds and to continue developing my skills across the course of my apprenticeship.

More information

For more information on the MMU degree apprenticeships, visit https://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/apprenticeships.

For information about national opportunities, visit https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/.

For a full list of NAW2021 events, download Events-Listing_V3.pdf.

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