There's a popular adage that goes: “finding a job is a full-time job”. While that may sound a little harsh, what it really means is that applying for a new opportunity takes time and dedication. And that's exactly what you'll need to do to get into a good apprenticeship programme that's right for you.
We won't lie - at times, it may feel like you're trying to climb a steep mountain. But the ourcome will be more than worth it. So with that positive thought in mind, here are our top five tips to help you on your way to score that perfect apprenticeship:
Do your research and be strategic
Whatever you do, don’t just apply for anything and everything you can in the hope that something sticks! It’s important to be at least a bit selective and apply some strategy to your apprenticeship application process.
Reallyspend the time researching different opportunities and the companies offeringthem. Which ones do you feel excited about? Which ones do you really seeyourself fitting into? Which ones would you feel a bit gutted about notgetting?
Those are the opportunities you apply for.
Nail your application
We could probably dedicate an entire section of our blog to what aceing your application could include but for the sake of keeping things short and sweet here are a few starting points:
- Read ALLinstructions on the website/application guidelines and follow them EXACTLY.
- Get acareers advisor, parent, teacher or someone in the know to help you.
- ProofreadEVERYTHING at least twice.
- Ask somesuccessful apprentices for their tips on nailing it!
Don’t dismiss the interview preparation
Don’t wait until you have an interview to panic and try and cram preparing into a week (or less!). You can start prepping NOW for the common interview questions, practice talking confidently about your skills and experience, and do some background research into the roles you really want.
That way when an interview does land your way, you’ll already feel pretty ready to take on the challenge. Don't forget to take a look at what to take to your apprenticeship interview.
Show some passion
It’sreally easy for us to throw this in as a tip but what does it really look likewhen it comes to your application or interview? Well, as you asked:
- Do somemicro-courses online on specific areas of the role/industry you want to work in(it’ll look great on your resume AND give you something to talk about at theinterview!).
- Join a team,hobby group or some other extracurricular thing that helps your skillsdevelopment (think teamwork, communication, managing deadlines).
- KNOW yourchosen industry - keep up to date in the latest news, chat to people in theindustry, attend networking events or open days - it will all give you talkingpoints and help you stand out as someone who’s passionate about what they wantto do.
Apprenticeships are a competitive market, especially when it comes to degree apprenticeships. It’s as simple as that. You might land the first opportunity you apply for - or you might not. Either way, it doesn’t make you any less amazing.
Resilienceis a great personality to trait to develop. Tackling application rejections canbe demotivating, but see it as an opportunity to build this trait.
Askfor feedback. Learn from the experience. And keep applying!