A Year On...

Alice Creswell-Hogg from Sellick Partnership talks about her year as an Apprentice

Posted by Alice Creswell-Hogg

Apprentice Administrator - Sellick Partnership

Mon 07th, Sep

A year ago this month I started my apprenticeship with Sellick Partnership  after interviewing with a wide range of businesses from investment banks to recruitment agencies around Liverpool city centre.

The last 12 months have been a learning curve for myself and it has been much more than just an opportunity to gain some work experience and a qualification it has developed into a career I want to pursue. In my first blog for Sellick Partnership I discussed my reasoning for choosing to do an apprenticeship over going to university and I still think that if someone asked me if I had made the right decision the answer would still be yes.

Through completing my apprenticeship I have come to realise and appreciate just how valuable the past year has been and I’m here to share the reasons why:

Transferable skills: In the past 12 months I have learnt and continue to learn new skills as well as developed my already existing skill set. For example, a main part of my role as an administrator is formatting CVs. You may be thinking “how is formatting CVs a transferrable skill?”, but CV formatting requires a high attention to detail, a skill most job advertisements stress is an important requirement to the employer. Although I would have learnt transferable skills at university, the list of transferable skills I have learnt during my time at Sellick Partnership is a lengthy one and some of which I wouldn’t have learnt at university.

Work experience: Nowadays the majority of students have a part time job alongside studying at university however this job usually isn’t relevant to their desired career or degree. My time at Sellick Partnership has allowed me to gain insight into a sector I never really knew a lot about but was of interest to myself and it actually turned out that it’s a sector I would like a career in. Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to get your foot in the door in the industries and sectors you are interested in and provide a great base of relevant work experience for you to build on, not to mention a qualification to go with it.

Qualifications: The qualification you receive depends on the type of apprenticeship that you do, starting off with a qualification that is the equivalent to a GCSE all the way to one which is equivalent to a foundation degree. Not only do these qualifications demonstrate that you are academically capable but that you have the practical experience and ability to compliment your knowledge of the qualification.

Network and connections: The famous saying “It’s not what you know but who you know” is a popular debate and apprenticeships are a great way to build a foundation network of individuals and companies in your desired career field. I for one can back up that the people you network with when doing an apprenticeship, whether it be colleagues or clients, have a wealth of knowledge, a large breadth of skills and a great network which you can benefit from in order to develop your career. Throughout my apprenticeship at Sellick I have worked with people who all have different levels of experience from a number of years to a number of months from a variety of backgrounds who I have learnt from in one way or another.

So if you’ve recently received your GCSE and A-Level results and not sure what to do next I would highly recommend doing an apprenticeships. If you are considering an apprenticeship my top tips would be firstly choose something that you’re interested in and secondly pick the right company, something which I cannot stress enough. If you’re considering hiring an apprentice but not sure how valuable it would be to them you can see from this blog post just how valuable I have found it and I’m sure they will too. 

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