Prior to starting my journey with Protocol and Community Foundation, I decided to leave University upon realising it was not the path for me. Following this, I completed a traineeship at Protocol to develop my skills and gain work experience, in preparation for an apprenticeship.
Something that appealed to me about an apprenticeship was that it would be a hands-on role where I would be able to learn on the job, whilst also gaining a qualification. It was also an opportunity where I could earn a salary whilst completing it. Further to this, apprenticeships allow you to be supported by a mentor in the workplace who will train you and ensure you receive the necessary guidance.
Through the apprenticeship programme, I have been able to gain new skills and valuable hands-on experience. These skills will allow me to pursue future roles where I will be able to utilise these transferable skills. with the support of staff at Protocol, my mentor and employer, I have also developed my confidence in and outside of my work environment.
The biggest challenge for me to overcome has been my lack of confidence. However, as I have progressed through my apprenticeship, taken on different responsibilities, and ventured outside my comfort zone; I have become more confident, and it is no longer a challenge.
Within the next 5 years, I see myself settled within a career, promoted within the same organisation.
Within the next year, I see myself in another administrative role developing further skills and gaining experience; possibly completing another qualification.
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