Callum case study

HenryRead more about why Callum chose an apprenticeship

When did you realise that an apprenticeship is what you wanted to do?

Half way through sixth form I realised that college wasn’t for me and I thought an apprenticeship would be better because it’s learning on the job.

How did you hear about your apprenticeship?

My careers adviser at C&K Careers supported me to complete an application for an accountancy apprenticeship through the national government apprenticeship website. The training provider advertising the vacancy contacted me and said I wasn’t suitable for the job I was interested in but they put my CV forward for another vacancy, which I was successful for.

What was the application process like?

Me and my careers adviser worked through applications together each week, I applied for lots of vacancies and at first I wasn’t getting many responses. I thought it might help to change my CV to highlight my interest in accountancy more clearly so I updated it. After doing this, I sent my CV out to more employers and was offered an interview. To prepare me, my careers adviser researched a list of common questions that are asked at accountancy job interviews. We wrote down some answers for the questions and I prepared some questions to ask the employer as well. My careers adviser also did a mock interview with me to try and improve my confidence and get me well prepared for the interview.

I made sure I had a suitable interview outfit - jacket and trousers, and the day before the interview I made sure I knew where the interview was, how to get there and I aimed to arrive early, just in case there were any problems on the way.

What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?

In my opinion the benefits are you get paid and you also gain a qualification at the same time. It’s the best of both worlds. I think it’s great working because you get a salary at the end of the month!

What are your plans for the future?

Hopefully I continue to succeed in my apprenticeship and fingers crossed I will be offered a job with the company that I’m currently working with, as I will have become familiar with the staff and the job role.

Do you have any advice for people thinking about applying for an apprenticeship?

Make sure you know that you choose an apprenticeship that you are really interested in or it’ll be a waste

Ensure that your CV is up to date, meets the requirements of the job and is aimed towards that particularly job area

Don’t expect an interview with your first application, keep going!

Callum, assistant accountant with Wine & Co

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