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NewsWhy doing an apprenticeship was the best step for my career
Why doing an apprenticeship was the best step for my career

In May 2012, I was volunteering at the PDSA when my NVQ assessor cajoled me into applying for a job at the credit union. I can still remember her pushing the job description form across the till.

"I'm no good at maths," I said.

"This role is mostly customer service and you're good at talking to people," she said.

I had left university six months before due to depression and didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I thought doing an apprenticeship might be a step back, but ultimately I swallowed my pride and ended up getting the job. Just as I started, my friends all graduated from university and I felt a bit jealous. Had I done the right thing?

The answer was yes. I couldn’t have been more wrong about this being a step back, or being jealous of my friends. Working for an ethical, local organisation has been a great start to my career and has introduced me to the credit union movement. Over the last five years, I’ve become the de facto spokesperson for the credit union, taking part in radio interviews and a video for the National Apprenticeship Service in 2013. In March 2015 I won the ABCUL Tracy Slane Award - a national award that recognises the commitment that young people have made to the credit union movement. Now I’m studying part time with the Open University, so I’ll earn my degree after all.

The best advice I can give to those considering an apprenticeship? Just go for it!

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