ApprenTEAship- 6 months on…

6 months into my apprenticeship, where have I been?

If I got a pound for every time someone asked me that, then I’d be able to afford something big; maybe a big bag of crisps; not just a ‘grab a bag’ that you see in petrol stations.

I’ve been on a strictly confidential mission. Planning for what’s to come soon, something big… Something you should tell your family, friends and colleagues about right now. So take a seat, get a nice hot cup of tea, some popcorn, maybe even that bag of crisps (that I haven’t got yet), and prepare for the most enthralling story of your life…

Basically, I’ve had nothing to write about. I’ve been nowhere, just sat at my desk. Which isn’t a bad thing, but I doubt you want an update on my “desk life”. Anyway, someone told me that I’ve been at New Results for 6 months, so I thought to myself “let’s write a blog”, what could possibly go wrong?

If I’ve learned anything in my six months at New Results, it’s how to make a nice cup of tea. Since starting this job, I’ve made more cups of tea each week than I’ve made in my whole life.

I’ve also applied my skills in throwing things in a bin as well as catching things. In fact, I got a call from the Cleveland Cavaliers last week asking me if I could replace LeBron James in the team, but I had to politely decline the offer. Throughout the first 6 months, I’ve accumulated multiple bruises- not from abuse, don’t worry. Turns out here at New Results they are fond of Nerf guns, especially Mike.

In all seriousness, I’ve loved my first 6 months at New Results.

It has been a whole new experience for me, compared to my experience of working in retail. I haven’t just been doing one element of digital marketing. I’ve been down to London, across to Cumbria and all over the North East to take photos and videos of Nev and Mike speaking at different events. This allows me to turn them into show reels to promote on social media. I’ve designed graphics for all our social media platforms, tying in with our re-brand. Within all this cool stuff, I’ve been writing blogs about each month- at least I was meant to be until I had major writer’s block. On the bright side, my six-month blog (this one) will be the second blog to be posted to our new website!

On top of that, I helped Nev with promoting his Iceland trek to raise money for the Sunshine Fund.

I promoted this by designing posters, flyers and online content to post across all our media channels. I also worked with my first client, helping her set up her Facebook profile for her new business (Tilly James Arts and Crafts). This included designing the logo and banner. This was good for me, giving me the opportunity to learn how to work with a personal client, rather than simply talking to someone on a till, as was the case in my previous job.

I’ve attended courses, whether it be for my apprenticeship or just for personal development; I’ve been enjoying my Baltic Training  courses, (who’d have thought being tucked away in a room alone for a week could be entertaining?) Makes it bearable when you’re learning something cool, like how to build a website. Nic, Nev and Mike signed me up for some of our open courses. I enjoyed Sales Essentials, as it gave me a lot of useful information that will be useful for my future job aspirations.

However, it’s not all fun and games.

Sometimes I have less exciting jobs, like typing up endless amounts of customer feedback, though it’s good to see all of this positive feedback from our clients. Along the way, in the first 6 months, I’ve met a lot of people that I wouldn’t have met if I’d worked elsewhere. Everyone has been nice and welcoming to me from my first day at New Results!

Oh, and I know it’s not really work related but I passed my driving test first time with 2 minors, so I’ll take that…

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So yeah, there you have it. I’ve done a lot over the course of my first 6 months of my apprenticeship and have noticed improvements especially in my confidence and knowledge-wise, and I look forward to improving even more over the next 6 months!

(PS: We have some unusual, yet amazing videos coming very soon, so keep your eyes peeled on our social media platforms for those… you definitely won’t want to miss them!)

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