Olivia case study

Read more about why Olivia chose an apprenticeship

How did you hear about your apprenticeship?

Through my boss.

When did you realise that an apprenticeship is what you wanted to do?

After I left college, I applied for a job with apprenticeship training and realised it was a good opportunity, so I continued to look for more accounting apprenticeships.

Why not college?

I did go to college and got three A levels but after college I decided that I wasn't ready for uni and I didn't know what to study.

Was it easy to get on your apprenticeship and what qualifications did you need?

As I was looking for an apprenticeship in accounting a lot of roles were looking for at least a C in maths at GCSE level (which I had). I also started the AAT qualification, which is the qualification offered through accounting apprenticeships, independently, which may have been more appealing to prospective employers.

What is it like working for your company?

Very enjoyable. It's only a small practice, so its important everyone gets on, which makes it more enjoyable to come to work. Unlike some other workplaces we also get to learn all aspects of working in practice and not just stuck in one area.

Did they give you training and if yes, what did the training involve? Did they give you enough support?

I get day release to go to college to gain my AAT qualification and if I need additional support with my exams my colleague and boss help if possible and also allow me additional days at college if needed. I attend college one day a week, currently a Friday to gain an AAT level 4 diploma in Accounting. I enjoy my course and my tutors are always available if I need extra help with exams. 

What would you say are the perks of the job, the fun parts?

We all really get along and have a laugh.

How did doing an apprenticeship affect your social life?

Working full time whist my friends were at uni meant that I was more restricted as to when I had free time to see them. If they had days off or was on holiday I would usually be working, which could sometimes get annoying.

Did it help you to save money?

Not really. The apprenticeship wage is not a lot ,so at first I didn't have enough money to save as well. I'm also a shopaholic, so I definitely couldn't do both, in hindsight I maybe should have.  I was earning money, which often meant I had more money for activities than mo[st] friends. I was able to spend money on increasing my shoe collection and also holidays with friends.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

To continue to learn my job role and become better. When I finish my apprenticeship I will have an AAT level 4 diploma and also three years experience in practice, I can then progress at my current employer, continue studying to become a chartered accountant or apply for a higher position.


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