My FA in 5: Rachael Kelman, Business Skills Foundation Apprentice
In this My FA in 5, we're asking Rachael Kelman, a Business Skills Foundation Apprentice, to tell us all about their Foundation Apprenticeship experience.
Here's what they had to say...
In three words, describe your Foundation Apprenticeship experience
Engaging. Teamwork. Communication.
What did you find the most surprising thing about the subject or your experience?
I think the most surprising thing I found about the experience was really how it brought out my confidence. When I first joined the course, I was quite shy and was not confident in my abilities but, by the end, I felt much more happy in how I did my work and also became more aware how capable I was of doing great standards of work.
How was the experience different from school?
I think it’s different because we get more treated like adults and it’s more the sense of being independent and being aware that it is your choice to make sure you get things done and having responsibility for your own work and study time.
What have you learned about yourself or about the workplace that you didn’t know before?
I learned that I didn’t have much self-esteem and that I didn’t really think my work was good at most times. I was very hard on myself and, if it hadn’t been for the lecturers, I probably wouldn’t have realised how well I was doing.
What’s next for you after your Foundation Apprenticeship?
After doing my Foundation Apprenticeship, I actually decided that I wanted to go into Hospitality. This was not the path I had originally thought of but I still feel that doing the Business Skills Foundation Apprenticeship has given me a lot of information and taught me a lot about what could come in useful for if I was to start my own business or work in a hospitality business. I think doing a Foundation Apprenticeship, in a sense, gives you a foundation for any job and it can give you a boost in many ways not just the specific topic.
We also asked Rachael what their advice would be to someone in secondary school who is thinking about doing a Foundation Apprenticeship. This is what they said...
My advice would be to make sure you keep up to date with all your work and get loads of evidence from the first day you start. I think by having that it gives you a platform for your work and allows you to not get stressed nearer the end when you have to bring everything together. A Foundation Apprenticeship gives you so much experience in not only your topic area but also an actual job. By having this it can give you so much more confidence and allow you to fully explore your options before moving onto a job or apprenticeship in the future. I would say doing a Foundation Apprenticeship is a great idea because it gives you that little bit extra experience in a workplace. By having that experience in a workplace it then means when you do go to find a job or work you have so much knowledge already on how the workplace works and also have confidence in yourself to work to your best standard.
With My FA in 5, we ask those who have been involved with a Foundation Apprenticeship about their experience. If you would like to be involved with My FA in 5, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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