Since completing her business administration apprenticeship with MK College, Holly Stevenson, aged 20, has landed a permanent job at the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Discover why an apprenticeship was the best choice to kickstart her career.
“Since leaving sixth form, I realised that I was more of a practical learner, and I also knew that I was very career-focused. It therefore just made sense to me that I begin my career journey by undertaking an apprenticeship so that I could build my people and business skills quickly and gain the confidence in my field to apply for roles in the future.
I studied for a business administration apprenticeship with Milton Keynes College whilst working my placement at the Institute of Chartered Accountants. I applied to work here initially because the company was reputable and they offered a lot of opportunities for progression, as well as the possibility of landing a full-time job after the completion of my course.
Being fortunate enough to become an apprentice for ICAEW, where I worked in the field of accountancy and marketing, it proved extremely beneficial in building up my skills and knowledge, and I would not have been able to gain these skills and knowledge from coursework alone. I was able to understand the business process, in turn helping me to master a range of skills needed to use the required software, as well as have my confidence boosted when working with a broad number of different people.
Throughout the duration of my apprenticeship, I was fully supported by my contacts from Milton Keynes College. They were always there if I ever needed someone to reach out to, and it was great to have regular communication set in place, including updates from my line manager on my progress. I would highly recommend an apprenticeship route to anyone who is not interested in university, or similarly for those who are uncertain about spending 3 or 4 more years in education.”
Holly’s most important pieces of advice for new apprentices would be:
- Keep organised from the offset, balancing your assignments and your company’s work.
- Do not feel like you are just ‘an apprentice’ – you are so valued in your business and team!
- Do not be afraid to ask for help and more support if necessary. Your colleagues and manager have good knowledge of some of the work you will be set by your employer, so take advantage of their expertise.
- Take advantage of all work-based opportunities. You can take all this extra experience with you and it will look impressive on your CV for future employers.
If you feel inspired by Holly’s story and are keen to find out more information about the apprenticeships we offer at MK College, then sign up to our next virtual open event where you can ask any questions you may have to employers and tutors.