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From college to career – my apprenticeship journey

April 17, 2014

Like most people my age, when I first left school, I only ever thought of going to college, and eventually university.

 

My opinion swiftly changed when I found out about The Juice Academy and its unique style of learning while earning. It’s a great opportunity to get a step on the career ladder and gain significant skills which will not just help you through your journey as an apprentice, but through life too.

 

So here’s a little bit more about how I got my first job…

 

I left school with eight GCSEs before moving onto college to study for my A Levels. Everything was progressing as I thought it would, but as college life started to come to an end, I began to feel the style of learning and the way in which certain aspects of my courses were taught didn’t suit me after all.

 

All was not lost and there was another option for me – once I heard about The Juice Academy and the apprenticeships on offer, I definitely wanted in.

 

After applying to become part of The Academy and work with one of many professional organisations, I took the daunting step and told my parents.

 

At first, they weren’t very happy with the idea of me dropping out of college, but I put this down to them not knowing enough about the opportunities on offer as a social media apprentice. Once I explained what The Juice Academy was all about, their minds changed instantly.

 

I then found out I had a place at The Academy’s boot camp selection day. Obviously I was excited, but I was also very nervous. I’d only ever had two job interviews before, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, which just made the thought even more daunting.

 

However, after I bit the bullet and went for it, I felt completely comfortable and really enjoyed the day. It was different to anything I’ve ever done in the past and I thought that not only did The Juice Academy team put me at ease, the employers did too.

 

This helped me gain confidence when speaking about what I wanted in life… and it must’ve worked!

 

I am now almost three months into my apprenticeship and I can easily say that joining The Juice Academy, and becoming part of the business I now work in, was the best choice I have ever made. Not only has it given me a wider knowledge of social media and how it works, it’s also helped me adapt to the real world of work, years ahead of my peers.

 

By Jack Martorana

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