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How to find the right apprenticeship
Beginning your search for an apprenticeship is an exciting time. An apprenticeship not only offers a unique opportunity to advance your studies but also enables you to earn a wage whilst you are learning more about the field in which you want to build your career. This is why finding the right apprenticeship is so important.
So, how can you find the right apprenticeship, which links well to your studies and also gives you the best opportunity to excel in your career?
Choose the industry you want to work in
Depending on the level of your education or the stage that you are at in your career journey, it may be easier or more difficult to choose an industry or job role that you are interested in for an apprenticeship. When you are at college, you most likely have an idea of where you want your career to head or at least which subjects you enjoy.
If you are at an earlier stage in your education, it may be that you are looking to simply get some experience in the working world to progress through your career journey. If this applies to you, it is less important to look at what industry you wish to work in, and more beneficial to look at the skills that you would like to gain from undertaking an apprenticeship. Developing your soft and transferable skills at this stage will benefit you greatly when you come to start your career full-time after finishing education.
Go in at the right level of education
You can partake in an apprenticeship at most stages of study, and they can be useful when looking to build your CV and develop your skills and experience. Apprenticeships team the working world with the educational and enable students to earn a living whilst continuing to learn about their chosen field.
An apprenticeship can be undertaken at various stages throughout your education. This includes A levels, BTEC, and NVQ. Working in an apprenticeship can be the equivalent of gaining these qualifications, and therefore can enable you to go to university afterwards. Furthermore, you can undertake degree-level apprenticeships, if you decide to further your studies via a different route after college.
Look in the right places
Be sure to look for roles through trusted recruiters. We can match your skills and experience to a suitable organisation that can help to develop you for any future opportunities that come up. Page Talent partners with some of the top companies in the UK and can give you unique access to the apprenticeship level vacancies that come up in your market.
Begin your application process
When you begin your applications, it is important to take a tailored approach. Work on each of your applications separately, and amend your CV and cover letter accordingly, so that you can highlight your key skills for each role. Tailoring your CV is an effective way to ensure that you are giving the best first impression to the hiring manager reviewing your application.
Furthermore, in today’s market, it isn’t uncommon for hiring managers or potential employers to look through social media accounts of candidates before interviewing them or offering them a role. Be sure to clean up your social media accounts so that they showcase a positive and professional version of you. This doesn’t mean you have to make all of your profiles and their content corporate, but it is important to make sure that you aren’t offensive online.
Applying for apprenticeships can be a lengthy process and is one that should be undertaken with the utmost care and consideration. When you are applying for apprenticeship positions take your time and do not rush. It is a competitive market, and you want to be sure that you stand out from the other potential candidates.
If you are interested in looking for your next career step or are looking for completely new opportunities in the working world, we can help. Browse our vacancies today to unlock your potential in a new internship or apprenticeship that explores your chosen area of expertise.