From a young age it is drilled into us the way our lives should go; school-college-university-job and then we live happily ever after, right?
Sometimes this isn’t quite how it pans out and maybe these days we should be teaching the younger generation there is another way to achieve the career they’re looking for.
When I left school in 2008, I left with high grades and even higher spirits knowing I was going onto college, where I would be prepared for University and the real world. This didn’t quite work out and after leaving college I felt more confused about what to do next. To be honest when I started college I still had dreams of going to RADA and becoming a world famous actress. This sadly wasn’t meant to be and by the second year of my A-levels I had fallen out of love with acting and had surprisingly found an underlying passion for business and marketing.
But I didn’t know the first thing about the marketing industry, let alone how to actually get a job within it. With no clue where to begin I decided University would be as good a place as any. After only a few months I was disillusioned by life at uni and wanted a job, I wanted to be out there living in the marketing world not just reading about it in text books.
So I made the risky decision to drop out, for me this is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I had time to really look into the industry and a little extra time to just be young and carefree before it got down to the real adult stuff. With no real qualification in marketing and no experience either I found it extremely difficult to find a stable job. I undertook unpaid placements in marketing departments and tried to learn as much as I could within the short time I was there. This still didn’t get me much closer to my dream job, but I wasn’t going to give up.
After looking for jobs online I found the apprenticeship programme. I could get paid, whilst working in a company, gaining experience and I’d leave with a qualification. Surely this seemed too good to be true.
Of course the pay is lower, but with the apprenticeship I am getting so much more out of it than just my wage every month. I have now been in the apprenticeship for 4 months and I have already learnt so much as well as found a job that challenges, excites and rewards me.
I am so lucky that I got the chance to apply for Zeal, they have given me my first step into the career I’ve dreamed of for years. I am learning day by day and am supported by a great team of individuals who are real specialists in their fields, their passion for their jobs is clear to see and drives me on to finishing my course. Things may have been different if I’d known about apprenticeships sooner, but for me I’m proud of how far I’ve now come and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me here at Zeal.
So maybe it’s time the apprenticeships are shown to young people leaving school as a viable alternative to university, I for one know that it would have helped me to know that there was another way and another option.