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On her last day, our apprentice Mia reflects on her time working in events at The Careers & Enterprise.

My journey at The Careers & Enterprise Company

School, college, university then work; that is the standard journey that is drilled into our heads. When you’re in college, you are taught to believe that if you don’t go to university you won’t make it far in life and if you go to university, you should know what you want to do for the rest of your life. Taking the apprenticeship pathway at The Careers & Enterprise Company has taught me this is not the case.

My first day at The Careers & Enterprise Company

From sitting in a classroom, to sitting in an office.

On my first day I remember being at my desk bursting to go to the toilet; I had the impulse to put my hand up and ask my manager whether I could go. Minor things make such an impact when transitioning from a student to an employee. Joining The Careers & Enterprise Company has taught me fundamental things about the workplace that you aren’t taught in school. Who would have thought I didn’t have to ask to go to the toilet?

Everyone has an idea what a job will be like beforehand, but you never know until you’re in it. It was the total opposite of what I envisioned it to be; everyone was welcoming, happy and genuine. Being around individuals who are so driven to achieving a goal, is inspirational; they have taught me that you don’t live to work, you work to live.

Working in events

Working in events comes with its demands but it also comes with its highlights, I didn’t know what to expect; I was able to network with a variety people from different walks of life, it was truly inspiring to see countless individuals come together for one cause. However, being in uncomfortable loafers for an entire day wasn’t the greatest, but it taught me to always wear comfortable shoes. This experience has taught me to adapt to all situations; despite who you come across, whether they are polite, impolite, a government adviser or a student, always be yourself and do the best you can in that situation. 

What I have learned

An apprenticeship is a great opportunity to figure out what you like and dislike. It gives you exposure to the working world and enables you to develop a variety of skills, such as excel skills, communication skills, organisation and most importantly life skills.

Over this past year, I’ve met individuals I never thought I would meet, I have grown as a person and I have had an experience I will never forget.