Apprenticeships can be scary. Whether you’re a school leaver or career changer beginning a new apprenticeship can feel like the first day of school. Therefore, Mooreskills have compiled a list of all you need to know to hit the ground running.
- Get prepped
Check out new apprenticeships online. Additionally, search your company website and get to grips with their vision and mission. This will make you feel more confident and comfortable knowing a bit about where you’ll be spending your days.
- You’ll never get a second time to make a first impression
Apprenticeships are the first steps towards a new career. Smile. Be polite and most importantly, be yourself.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions
No one expects you know everything when starting apprenticeships. And it’s important you’re confident and ask any questions you need to. Therefore, taking notes if you can and recapping at the end of the day helps.
- Dress to impress (within reason)
Ok, so you’re not off to the club, or the gym. From the interview you should have a good idea of how you’re expected to dress. If in doubt always go smart. It’s better to be too smart than not smart enough.
- Tardiness is not OK
Punctuality and time management are important for all employees. Additionally, If you want to get on the right side of your employer, make sure you’re always on time. Maybe, even 10 minutes early to get settled.
- Office Banter
Every place of employment is different, and people are individuals. Some apprenticeships may have a sociable work culture and a bit of workplace banter, this is welcoming. Therefore, you may want to join in to feel part of the team. Equally important is to remember to always be polite. You’re a newbie and you don’t want to cross the line.
- No job too small
As the saying goes there’s no job too big or too small. As an apprentice your employer will have a good idea of what’s best to ease you in. Even if you’re given small jobs that don’t seem important right away, remember everything is a contribution to the team.
- But first, breakfast.
Most importantly to start any day, wake yourself up with a good breakfast. Being alert will help you hit the ground running on your work days and study days.
- Keep an eye on the boss
You can learn a lot from Senior members of staff. Observing colleagues will help you pick up skills on the go. Therefore, giving you a good basis to develop from.
- Organise yourself
Finally, keep yourself organised. Getting a project planner or daily diary for the tasks ahead is an excellent way to keep on top of things. Furthermore, reviewing the next day’s activities, the night before is also good for keeping on the ball.