Alison’s Blog Takeover | National Apprenticeship Week

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Alison’s Blog Takeover | National Apprenticeship Week

Hi everyone! It’s Alison here from Seaside Creative doing a blog takeover for National Apprenticeship Week. 

As most of you probably know I started my career here at Seaside Creative as a digital marketing apprentice. I’d like to think that since starting all the way back in July 2018 I’ve improved a lot. 

What some of you may not know is I am now an apprentice again, embarking on my journey with the Oxford College of Marketing to complete my level 4 marketing executive apprenticeship. As I said in an interview with Northbrook College, I think an apprenticeship is the best way to gain a qualification whilst also gaining invaluable work experience. 

Becoming an apprentice the first time around was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I’d urge anyone who doesn’t want to go to university to really consider it. A few years ago, apprenticeships had a horrible stigma of being something that only offered low level courses. Thankfully, that stigma is starting to lose its potency and more people of all abilities are reaping the benefits of an apprenticeship.

What does doing a level 4 apprenticeship entail?

Having done a level 3 apprenticeship and now doing a level 4, I can see a difference in the amount of work that needs to be completed. Luckily for me, Seaside Creative has been very supportive and allows me the time I need to get my college work done whilst also fulfilling my role as a marketing assistant.  

An iPad displaying hand written notes next to a notepad.I won’t lie and say that everything is smooth sailing. There are certainly some weeks where it feels like there’s just too much to do, but that hasn’t ever lasted for too long in my experience. The Oxford College Of Marketing has been so helpful and I know that if I really am struggling with the work and college balance I can always discuss it with my tutor who would help me find a solution. 

The type of course I chose to do is a virtual one and so, unlike my other apprenticeship, I don’t need to go to a physical place to attend lessons. Everything is done via Zoom and there’s a lot of independent study tasks to do to make sure you learn all of the content needed to sit the end point assessments. 

Personally, I really like studying alongside my day job and I love that everything I learn can be applied to my role at Seaside Creative (and vice versa!). I’m pretty sure I’ll be teaching the rest of the team a thing or two soon!

— Alison signing off 🙂

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