Emily Bullock is currently studying an Apprenticeship in Accounting at Mitten Clarke in Stoke-on-Trent.
Q. Why did you choose an apprenticeship?
A. I decided during my A levels that I didn’t want to go to university but wanted to continue studying, so an apprenticeship seemed like the perfect option. I was able to work and earn some money but also come to College and continue studying.
I also knew that I wanted to become an accountant and an apprenticeship seemed like the best pathway into this role as it would allow me to learn on the job, and apply my knowledge from college into my day to day roles.
Q. Why did you choose to complete your apprenticeship at NSCG?
A. I previously studied for my A Levels at Newcastle College and knew that the support on offer would be of a high standard as I progressed into the workplace to study my Level 4 AAT Apprenticeship. I did my research and found out that Newcastle College has high success rates for the AAT qualification so this really appealed to me.
Q. What do you enjoy most about being an Apprentice with Mitten Clarke through NSCG?
A. I love coming to work, and I have learnt so much during my time here at Mitten Clarke. My lecturers at College are great; they have real life knowledge of accounting and they are always ready to pass their life experiences onto you. Their experience is invaluable and this helps you to gain a true understanding of how college work can be taken back to the office and applied to my everyday working practices.
There is also a really nice, friendly atmosphere when you come into College with lots of welcoming faces to make you feel comfortable and relaxed.
Q. How has your experience in the work place helped with your studies?
A. Having the ability to develop my time management and organisation skills have really benefited me, both in the work place and throughout my studies. I find that I can take examples of real-life situations and use them in my coursework. I also enjoy taking theory-based learning back into the workplace. This has helped me to look at new approaches to working to enhance the skills I already have. I now complete tasks at work and take part in activities that I previously would not have had the confidence to do so.
Q. What is your college/work life balance like?
A. My college/work life balance really works for me. My role is a busy one, so coming to college gives me time to reflect on what I need to get out of my college work to succeed and to progress in my career.
Q. What support do you receive from your assessor?
A. My assessor is really supportive and the regular contact I receive is very important to me. Nothing is ever too much trouble and I know that they are just at the end of the phone or on the email if I need any help.
Q. What would you say to somebody thinking about studying an apprenticeship?
A. Go for it! I would really recommend that you do your research to find the best apprenticeship for you. Take advantage of the Apprenticeship team at the college as they are there to help you out and point you in the right direction.