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6 Top tips for starting your Degree Apprenticeship
Congratulations on getting an Apprenticeship position, you should be so proud of yourself! Now that you have bagged a place these are my top 6 tips to succeed in your apprenticeship.
1. Get a Planner
You will thank me later for this but planners are the saviours for apprentices. Juggling work, education and social life can be hard if you are not organised so it is important to manage your time. You can either use a physical or a digital planner. I use my google calendar app as I have my phone everywhere I go and it’s easy to add and remove events. Get a planner that will work for you and make sure to add all your deadlines from university and work ahead of time.
2. Get professional attire
As you will be entering the ‘World of work’ it is important to have professional clothing. I would suggest investing in the basics like a white shirt, a tie and a good pair of shoes. Especially for your first day, it’s important to look professional and make a good impression.
3. Induction day
Make sure you are well informed on your induction day both at university and work. Induction days are filled with vital information for the years ahead. It is important to take notes on things such as annual leave allowance, 20% off-the-job training plan, payday, university dates and details about your Apprenticeship agreement.
4. Living and travel arrangements
Depending on where your apprenticeship is you could be required to relocate so make sure that you find a place to live on time. It is also important to work out how long it will take to get to work as the morning rush hours can be long and it is something you will have to get used to. Also if you have a car, check if the company provides a free parking space.
Depending on your university arrangements (weekly block/day release) it is important to work out how you will be getting to and from the university. If your employer is providing the university accommodation make sure you have all the information early on.
Starting work full-time takes a lot of adaptations one of which is finances. One of the great things about apprenticeships is that they provide a salary so make sure you think wisely about how you use it. You can use banks such as Monzo which will help you to track your spending and manage money better!
It is important to prepare yourself and be organised to succeed but make sure you balance. You need to look after your mental and physical health. At times things can feel overwhelming with deadlines, exams and full-time work so make sure to take time off work for yourself! I go swimming and read books which helps me to keep my mind calm which is also important to succeed!
I have given my tips now it’s all in your hands to do well, Good Luck!
If you have any questions please send me a message, I am always here to help 🙂