My five top tips for life as an apprentice
Former Apprentice of the Year, Ocado Technology’s Ryan Scales, shares the lessons he learned for getting the most out of an apprenticeship.
Think about your future options from the start
You’ll learn a lot about what interests you and what kind of work you like, so it’s good to find an apprenticeship where you can explore different paths.
For example, I chose Ocado Technology because their expanding division has a wide range of positions. I knew I’d meet people in many different teams and that there would be lots of career options once I’d finished.
Make the effort to make friends
It can be really daunting being the newbie, but making the effort to talk – even if that takes you outside of your comfort zone – will pay off.
The more people you know, the wider the knowledge base you have to draw from. You can learn a lot just chatting over your morning coffee, or you’ll find that when a problem pops up you already know just the person to help solve it.
Don’t be scared of not knowing
The trick isn’t having the answer to everything – no one will expect it.
The trick is to be proactive about finding things out.
Most people are happy to help, so first off, just ask. Remember:
– Most people will have started their career in a similar position to you; there’s no need to be shy.
– If you’ve made lots of friends, you won’t feel you always have to go to the same person.
– Also, look for online blogs and communities where people specialise in your area. Just be careful not to share confidential business info when putting a question online
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