Hello, it’s Chloe.
If you’ve ‘liked’ our Steadfast Training Ltd page on Facebook then you’ve probably seen the occasional ‘Chloe Update’ that is posted onto Facebook to keep everyone informed on what’s going on in the life of Chloe.
For those of you who don’t know, I’m a Social Media & Digital Marketing Apprentice at Steadfast Training Ltd. I’m writing this blog post share with you how I came to work for Steadfast and if I’d recommend an Apprenticeship – I’ll try not to tell you my life story but I do have a habit of digressing.
After finishing my GCSE’s I went on to New College Stamford to study A-Levels in Media, Film Studies and Photography with the dreams of becoming the new David Bailey, however during the time I spent there I started to recognise I was enjoying Media more, I found Media straightforward yet still enjoyable, it made me think but I found it easy to understand, everything just clicked – after completing a module on the effects of Social and Digital Media I became increasingly interested in how it was used for marketing and how you can influence people through the use of language, video and image via online platforms. In spite of appreciating Media more I still applied to study Fashion Photography at University however the closer it came to September the more I realised that it wasn’t want I aspired to do anymore, my ambition had changed, I wanted a career in Social Media.
So, that’s when I entered the working world and managed to secure myself a Level 3 Social Media and Digital Marketing Apprenticeship with Steadfast Training Ltd in December. I finished my Apprenticeship more than 6 months ago now and I’m still here at Steadfast Training Ltd. A lot of my friends have left Univeristy now and are finding it hard to find work whereas I have nearly two years of experience under my belt and a qualification in my desired industry, I can safely say I still don’t regret turning down University..
An Apprenticeship has helped me develop old skills and learn new ones in a working environment, I’ve learnt how to deal with real working life problems, not theoretical ones – what’s even better is I’ve been earning money instead of growing the dreaded debt that comes with a student loan and the overdraft that most students have learnt to love.
To me Apprenticeships allow you to not only learning how and why a subject like Social Media works but you are also given the chance to put it into practise and gaining experience as well as a qualification. So, to answer the question everybody asks ‘Would you recommend an apprenticeship?’ The answer is yes, I believe this is the right route for me and I’m glad I chose an Apprenticeship over Uni. It’s not only helping me develop my career, work ethics, qualifications and portfolio it’s also helping me develop myself as a person.
If you’re interested in an apprenticeship then check out the vacancies here or call us on 0845 223 2401
I’m looking forward to see what the future brings and of course I will keep you all up-to-date on what happens, so follow Steadfast’s blog to stay in touch!