Jess's Apprenticeship Journey – June
This month Jess has been taking on more responsibilities, trying out a new format for her apprenticeship assignments and beginning to look forward. Find out more about what she has achieved, learnt and accomplished below.
Jess is completing a Level 3 Business Administrator Apprenticeship, and you can share her journey and progression with her monthly updates!
“It is going to feel amazing to get that certificate when I finish and think ‘I did it’. I would never have thought I would ever complete an apprenticeship. There are a lot of different emotions but all good ones!“
What have you been getting up to this month?
Overall, I have had a good month. It’s been a very quick month, I feel like June has gone by in the blink of an eye! The weather has not been completely ideal, still thundering and raining even though we are halfway through the year now.
Workwise it has been very good. I had a meeting with my Teaching Assessor Maria and again I got another distinction! I did a presentation this time which was a different format to what I usually do. I chose to do it as usually with my apprenticeship assignments I type them out into a Word document. With it being a recorded presentation this time, I could include more detail in my explanation as sometimes I struggle to get things down in words. It went really well.
It was about data protection, GDPR and its importance. And, of course, it is incredibly important! When I was researching some of the rules, I was comparing how I comply with the rules and our policies. I think you sometimes forget how important GDPR is as you are handling people’s personal information. It made me think about how my job role has a lot of responsibility in that respect. Working from home you have to take more steps to keep data safe. In an office you can just log off your computer and know that the data is safe. When you are working at home you have to make sure you’re not only password protecting everything but taking care of where you are keeping your equipment to make sure that is safe as well.
Also this month I’ve had a bit more work coming my way. I spoke with Keeley, our Continuous Improvement Manager, and she asked if I had time to fit another process into my calendar. I am trying to fit it in at the minute and making it work. It is vetting accounts for employers. It’s always great to be included in that conversation of there being a new process and being trusted to be the person to do it. It’s more work and more responsibility so my workload is increasing, but it feels good.
Recruitment is picking up a bit more because we are coming to the end of an academic year and things are opening up a bit more. I think people are looking to make a change as well and thinking about their careers more. So, things have been busier this month and I’ve been trying to juggle things and manage my time. I feel like the timing of things picking up has worked quite well, as we were a bit quieter on the recruitment side of things when I first started. Now there’s more but I’m more up to speed and know what I’m doing. Those time management and organisational skills that I have learnt are really being tested now, but I think I am doing well!
What are you looking forward to next month?
I’m going into the office for the first time soon which is exciting! I will have my appraisal and tutor and line manager reviews and instead of over Teams they will all be in person! It’s a bizarre feeling. Even though I’ve met all these people and I know what their face looks like, I’ve never met them in person so I have no idea how tall they are for example! I almost feel a tiny bit nervous, feeling like I want to make a good first impression, but then I remember that I have already made a first impression over Teams and talking to them everyday for the last seven months! I am excited more than nervous, but it’s a mixture of emotions as I’ve never met people this way around before! It is another step on the journey though, and getting to see the office will be good as well.
In my meeting with Maria we are going to have a meeting to discuss my end point assessment. We have an idea of a project and we are going to go through that. As an apprentice you have to be looking forward to your end point assessment and what you want to do for your final project. At the end of all the work on the apprenticeship you have a three-month period where there’s multiple choice questions, your portfolio and your project. You have to be thinking about it really from the get-go but especially now it’s getting to crunch time.
What are your thoughts looking ahead?
I have worked at Ixion for nearly seven months now so I am looking towards the end of my apprenticeship. I am thinking about what level I want to achieve, and I am feeling bold and aiming for a distinction overall, but a merit would be good too! I am nearly halfway through now so I am starting to think about what I want to do from here, developing and working on my project and thinking about the end of my apprenticeship and what this means for me. It is closer in view now. I will be finishing my apprenticeship and definitely staying within Ixion as it’s what I want to do. But it will be interesting to see where I go from my apprenticeship. Do I stay in my role, or look out for other opportunities within Ixion and see where I go? So I am just thinking about what happens when I am no longer an apprentice and what I want my next steps to be.
It is very exciting and nerve-wracking and almost like a coming of age. I have responsibilities, I am in this job, I’ll be fully qualified. It is going to feel amazing to get that certificate when I finish and think “I did it”. I would never have thought I would ever complete an apprenticeship. There are a lot of different emotions but all good ones!
When you start an apprenticeship, you do not necessarily think about the end point assessment. But at the moment it’s just trying to figure out what that is going to look like for me as I’ve never done anything like it before. It is very different from the type of assessment I’m used to with written questions and answers. During covid people have been doing their end point assessments remotely via Teams, but I am now thinking as mine will be early next year will mine be remote or in person. That is something that’s been on my mind.
How have things changed since you last wrote?
In June I had my first covid vaccination! Once over 18s were able to book I booked my vaccine straightaway. I did my reading on it and I was sure I wanted to go for it. In my house people are quite mixed about it. My parents have had theirs, but my older sister was very uncertain about getting the vaccine. As a family we did have covid and my sister was very unsure about the vaccine and decided not to get it for now. She was talking to me and asking if I was sure about it, but I was.
Just because you have had covid does not mean you can’t catch it again. There are cases of young people still being ill with covid and catching it for a second time. When I did catch covid I was in bed for a few days and it took me a while to get my taste back. Even if I do catch it again and if the vaccine means I won’t be as ill with it, I’m going to take it. I would say to people if you want to get the vaccine and there’s mixed feelings in your house or your friends are not getting it, you should make your own mind up and get it anyway. It doesn’t matter about age, you could still get ill with covid. People who are sceptical are maybe listening to the negative stories and not focusing on the facts. There are risks with any vaccines or medication, but to me the benefits far outweigh any risks. I am definitely for the vaccine and I think everyone should get it.
“I’m going into the office for the first time soon which is exciting! I almost feel a tiny bit nervous, feeling like I want to make a good first impression, but then I remember that I have already made a first impression over Teams and talking to them everyday for the last seven months! “