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It’s Halloween, but there’s no need to be afraid! Top tips to prevent nerves when you’re starting an apprenticeship.

Abby Davies - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

As I’m sure you know, next Monday 31st October is Halloween… and although you may no longer be afraid of the zombies and witches, we know that lots of you are nervous about what to expect when you start an apprenticeship. Here’s our top tips to help prevent you being nervous or scared and how we think you can ensure that you make the most out of your time as an apprentice.

Look after your wellbeing

You may be surprised about how tiring you find going into a full-time job. Make sure you get enough sleep and that you’re eating well, as if you feel run-down then you’re far less likely to enjoy your apprenticeship.

Get to know the people you’re working with

We know that starting a new job can be daunting, so one of the best things you can do to settle your nerves is build a good support network. Lots of apprenticeship schemes will set you up with a ‘buddy’ or mentor, so make sure you make an effort to get to know yours as they will also be a very valuable source of information and advice along the way!

Your mentor is a good place to start, but developing relationships with the people you work with and others in the building too will mean that you feel more relaxed on a day to day basis. If you ever start to feel a little overwhelmed or unsure about anything (which is completely normal!), then you’ll know you’ve got people you can talk to and go to for advice.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Anyone starting a new job – not just an apprenticeship – will have a tonne of questions when they first start. This is completely normal and asking questions or for clarification actually shows that you’re interested in learning more about what you’re doing. Don’t be afraid to speak up if you don’t understand something or ask questions if you’re unsure; your colleagues will respect you more if you do and there really is no such thing as a stupid question!

Get involved

A great way to stop being nervous about your new role is to really get stuck in and be fully involved in what you’re learning about. A positive approach will make you feel happier about what you’re doing and your team members will notice, which will help people to remember you in a good way! Get stuck into every opportunity, even if you don’t know exactly how to do something, as you’ll always learn along the way and have the full support of your team.

Be organised

Juggling work and study can be tricky, so to make sure you don’t get stressed, organise your time well. Stay on top of the work you’ve got to do for your qualification and write down any key dates and deadlines so you know what you need to do well ahead of time.

Don’t panic!

And finally… just don’t panic! We know that there’s a lot to learn when you first start, but take things one step at a time and you’ll be fine. You’re not expected to know everything from day one, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself to learn it all straightaway. You’ll be given plenty of time to develop your knowledge and skills and you’ll have plenty of support along the way to help you succeed.

See? There’s really nothing to be afraid about! After the first few days, you’ll start to feel much more relaxed and to really enjoy your new role.

If you’ve got any additional questions or concerns about an apprenticeship and what to expect, please feel free to reach out to our AIM Advisors today!

 

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