Apprentice Spotlight: Meg’s first month at One2create
Meg started with the company at the beginning of June and since then she’s hit the ground running with her social media clients.
She’s worked with the marketing team to come up with social media campaigns, she’s put her own stamp on rich media creation and she’s become an integral part of the team. We wanted to let her share her own thoughts and experiences of her time with One2create, along with why she chose to start an apprenticeship.
- Why did you choose an apprenticeship over a University course?
I studied Music Journalism at university for 2 years, but the idea of getting a degree in an industry that I’d probably never work in bothered me. I decided I’d rather call it a day and find work in a growing industry instead.
I knew that I would have to retrain so I decided an apprenticeship would be the best option for me, allowing me to work and learn.
- What made you choose your current apprenticeship?
I chose my apprenticeship because I love being creative, I enjoy technology, and I wanted to be in a growing industry.
I also liked the idea of working in a company with a group of creative people who excel in different areas, allowing me to learn new things which may not usually be covered as part of my academy training.
- What’s it like working at One2create?
It doesn’t often feel like work. I enjoy what I’m doing and the people I get to work with. I’m lucky to work with people who have been in the industry years, so they have a lot of advice to share from their experiences.
- How do you think your apprenticeship is going to help your career in the future?
I’ve gained a lot of confidence in my work and putting ideas forward. I think my apprenticeship can only improve upon that. Because I’m getting to work on lots of different projects with clients I can put together a strong portfolio of my work and my abilities.
- What do you enjoy most about your apprenticeship at One2create?
What I enjoy the most is that I don’t feel any less than anyone else at One2create due to me being an apprentice, I’m not just making tea or filing, I got to hit the ground running and started working with all my clients within 2 weeks of my first day at One2create and got to build a rapport with them straight away.
I’m regularly involved in meetings to discuss ideas for clients, and my ideas and thoughts aren’t dismissed because I’m ‘just’ an apprentice.
Also, there are several people at One2create who started out as apprentices, so they have also offered advice on my apprenticeship at One2create and also at my training provider.
- What are the main skills that you’ve learnt since your apprenticeship started?
Prioritising is the main skill I’ve learnt and managing my time effectively, to ensure I’m not overloaded with work one week, and without anything to do the next.
I’ve also learnt how best to utilise social media for each of my clients, noting when more of their followers are active usually to push engagement on posts, and keeping track of the news to see if there is anything that related to my client.
- What advice would you give someone that’s thinking about taking on an apprenticeship role?
I would suggest that you take a bit of time to think about what skills would be needed in that industry and do what you can to advance yourself in those areas.
Consider the industry experience you’ll be getting, and how it is ultimately invaluable. You’ll be presented to a lot of opportunities during your apprenticeship, and they’re all experience to add to your CV or portfolio.
So there we have, Meg’s first month (or so) at One2create. Chloe, another of our social apprentices has also written about her time here, so take a look at the article in full here.
If you’re interested in reading more about how One2create has helped develop new talent, then why not take a look at these articles from Beccy, Harry and Ray wrote up for the National Apprenticeship Week. They’ve all completed their training now and are now fully-incorporated into the One2create world.