Tell us a little bit about your career journey so far.
So I graduated from the University of Exeter back in 2020 and I’d studied history and I had a little bit of work experience in marketing prior to that, but I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I was lucky enough to meet with Suki Thompson, who is the Founder and CEO of Let’s Reset, a cultural transformation company, and talk to her about an opportunity to join her on an internship basis. I’ve been with Let’s Reset since November 2020 and I haven’t looked back since, and I’ve learnt so much since being there.
How have you found the apprenticeship so far?
I started the digital marketing apprenticeship with School of Marketing about a year ago, and the main objective of doing it is just to understand marketing a little bit more. I came in with a degree in history, not really understanding marketing too much and so to learn the marketing principles was really important for me, wanting to build a career in marketing. I have found it absolutely transformative to my ability to perform in my job, but also to my ability to think about what I want my role to look like going forward.
How did you feel before you started the apprenticeship?
I didn’t understand exactly what an apprenticeship was or how it worked, but School of Marketing have been so helpful in guiding me through the process, talking to me about how it works and I’ve had great pastoral care from School of Marketing to help make this transition into doing an apprenticeship really straightforward and really easy.
What has been your favourite part about the apprenticeship so far?
For me the most useful part of School of Marketing is definitely the mentoring programme. The access we have to such incredible leaders, and their insights, their wisdom and their knowledge is completely uncontested and it is so valuable to hear form leaders that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to have access to. So I’m really grateful to that part of the programme in particular.
How has the way you view apprenticeships changed since joining the programme?
Prior to starting School of Marketing as an apprentice I had an incorrect view of what an apprentice was. So I thought I wouldn’t be eligible because I had been to University and in my head apprenticeships were usually for people straight out of school into a working environment. It’s been amazing to be proven wrong and to be able to sit on this course myself. I’ve learnt that it’s for everyone and anyone, of all backgrounds who want to develop their skills in a new area or in a new industry.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering starting an apprenticeship?
The advice I’d give to someone who is a bit on the fence or apprehensive about starting an apprenticeship is just absolutely got for it. There’s nothing to lose, only knowledge to gain and as I spoke about before the access to people, skills, knowledge is just fantastic and unlike anything you’re going to be able to get anywhere else.