Professionally, the pandemic provided me with the opportunity to grow as a person massively, especially with confidence. My apprenticeship kept me focused and occupied in lockdown. It helped me keep my brain active, learn new things and meet new people. I felt lucky to still be working and progressing. Having just completed my apprenticeship with a distinction in business administration, I'm looking forward to starting a new role in September.
The past 18 months have been a whirlwind of highs and lows for me. I had to put my skills of adaptability and independence to the test, especially working from home 6 months into my first job at the age of 16. It was definitely a challenge.
Some key things I want to achieve over the next 5 years include:
buying my first home
travelling to new countries
taking on a level of leadership within my role at work
continuing to get involved in as much training and learning that I can
Obviously, Covid does impact all of these things in some way. Different ways of working may have reduced the amount of networking and opportunities I would have normally been exposed to over the past 2 years.
The pandemic has been an emotional rollercoaster. For me, there was a lot of uncertainty at the start, which was worrying. I was also concerned at that point about how my future would look with my apprenticeship, considering lots of providers stopped learning. However, once I got into a routine and used to what a typical day and weekend looked like, I became more relaxed.
I have just completed my apprenticeship with a distinction in business administration and I am forward to starting my new role in September. I am very optimistic about my future career, as long as I enjoy what I am doing, making a positive difference and progressing.
I think we need to make apprenticeships at degree level highly recognised and accessible for people who want to gain qualifications and learn in a different way to university.
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