Jobhop Jobhop's blog : A Week in the Life of an Apprentice
This title could even be " The First Week in the Life of an Apprentice"
My name is Kyria, and I have been given the opportunity of becoming a Jobhop apprentice. I had previously been doing an apprenticeship studying hairdressing. I have always had an interest in Social Media and Digital Marketing, however, I realised that hairdressing was not the desired career path and I realised I need a change in education. The opportunity that Jobhop has offered me has changed my aspect on life. I feel more empowered and happier; this is just within the first week!
Optimism springs to mind as I walked into my first day. What would I be doing today? I was quite nervous; however, Julie spoke me through all the Social Medias I would be managing and what content I should post on them. I was shown the ins and outs of Tweetdeck, (a website that lets you schedule tweets/post, etc.). Which seemed daunting at first glance, but I picked it up very quickly and by the end of the day had scheduled my first ever tweet for Jobhop! It may not sound like much, but it was such a rewarding feeling knowing I'd learnt so much on only my first day, I even surprised myself. I went home with a big smile on my face and pride flooding out of me. I started to feel part of the team at this point, contributing to Jobhop's progression and my knowledge on Social Media.
With a cup of tea in one hand and confidence in the other, I turned up to work with a positive attitude, ready to see what the next day ahead had to offer. We had moved away from the office to the Holiday Inn at Norwich Airport for the MyTech event which has been designed to give an insight into careers in Technology, and specifically the opportunity to work with local employers. The event covered a broad range of Tech companies including Programming, Creative Media and Online Marketing to name a few. In the morning there was an opportunity for school pupils to participate in some workshops, including an employer speed networking event, which was used to broaden the pupils' views of the opportunities in Tech. In the afternoon, the College and University students flooded in for the chance to participate in the opportunities fair to enable them to discuss future placements, apprenticeships and internship opportunities. It was refreshing to hear that there was lots of interest in Digital Marketing. Hopefully, the students we met got something useful from the day, and perhaps we'll be seeing them on the digital marketing scene very soon! Seeing as I'd only been with the company for a couple of days at this point, Julie guided me through and made me feel extremely comfortable for the whole day.
Wednesday was another busy day! Julie was delivering a course called ‘Marketing with Social Media for Business'. The course is suitable for all business people that know they should be using Social Media to enhance their business but aren't sure on how to or find it difficult to manage. Throughout the day, Julie covered pretty much everything to do with using Social Media to complement your business, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I learnt. It was good gaining valuable tips from an expert with years of online experience, and by the end of the course, I had the confidence to put my knowledge into immediate action back in the Jobhop office. The day was thoroughly enjoyable and left me wanting more.
On Thursday I attended my first day at the 3aaa Apprenticeships Norwich Academy. 3aaa Apprenticeships are a training provider who specialise in the delivery of apprenticeships in Technology, Digital Marketing and Accountancy. The day was primarily based on learning the ins and outs of SEO and why it's important to a business. In the afternoon we did a mock assignment. Lauryn ran the session and reassured me there was nothing to fret about and just to relax and take as much time as I needed, which helped me settle a lot more. Since I attended my first day at the academy, I have been looking forward to going back, and I cannot explain how excited I am to implement all that I have learnt.
By the last day of the week, I was getting into the swing of things, and I could confidently start the day knowing I was prepared and open minded for what challenges laid ahead. I had started planning my first blog post, ironically, this one! I also helped Julie with scheduling content for the upcoming Valentine's Day, responding to tweets and creating lists on Twitter. I love it here, I feel welcomed, and every day I'm learning something new. I have been able to combine my love of Social Media and blogging with my everyday job. Success!
I would recommend that anyone who is at the start of their career, school and college leavers alike should consider what options an apprenticeship could offer them.
There are many benefits to doing an apprenticeship. You can earn while you learn, and in a way that is best suited to you – through hands-on experience on the job. Our research revealed that most people are searching for the National Apprenticeship website however what they should be searching for is the Apprenticeships Gov site the Apprenticeship service for UK apprenticeships.
Kyria Bush Jobhop.co.uk