As a 16 year old I was torn between the decision of studying at college or working full time. I felt tha t going to college was the right way to go in order to succeed further on in life. After finishing my first year in college I realised that the working environment would benefit me more and the idea of getting paid motivated me in me finding full time work. The idea of an apprenticeship was growing on me. My Dad was “persuading” me constantly to have a look on the government website for companies which were employing an apprentice. Having had little interest previously about apprenticeships. I was quite ignorant in the way they worked, and kept putting off the idea of an apprenticeship. However, one day it changed, I spotted two Digital Marketing apprenticeships advertised in the local area, both offering what appeared to be very good jobs. Even though was offered both jobs, the professionalism and culture of BSA Marketing appealed to me. I felt confident they would turn me into a better person all round as well as helping me gain the qualification along with real experience. After all that’s the point of an apprenticeship.
Although I have only been working at BSA Marketing for a month I have gained valuable life skills and knowledge around social media production, marketing, punctuality and customer service. First, I started by researching the clients for which BSA Marketing provide service. Only hours into the briefing with Duncan I was learning about the world of marketing. Prior to the apprenticeship, I had a keen interest in computers and design; this just added to my passion and I had a career I felt I could progress in. Within my first month I am already building experience on social media platforms with a range of different accounts managed by BSA (What’s on In Glossop, Business Peak District, BSA Marketing, Bankswood Music and The Town Hall Sessions – to name a few.) Despite only being a month in, I am already involved in real marketing, I’ve been attending meetings with clients and learning about businesses. Even the little things like having my own desk and computer; to the extremely loud coffee machine just give me the confidence to knuckle down and produce the best standard work I possibly can. I am enjoying my time at BSA to the max and it almost certainly getting up in the mornings easier.
Although I’ve only been working for a month. I have high aspirations and ambitions for myself and BSA in the future. Studying at Level 3 in Digital Marketing allows me to continue on to a Level 4 in the future. Which is equivalent to a degree. Most apprentices will complete their qualification. Then either take on a full time job at their company or move elsewhere into higher qualifications. I personally would love to go on to a Level 4 apprenticeship in Sales and Marketing, or to continue with the Social Media aspect. Whilst at the same time continuing to work at BSA Marketing, Because it truly is a wonderful place!