Top Dos and Don’ts for Apprentices

Your time as an apprentice will fly by, so it’s important that you make the most of your experience. Here’s a list of our top dos and don’ts for a successful apprenticeship:

Do

Ask questions. If you’re unsure about how to do something or where to find an answer, just ask.

Have fun. You are allowed to enjoy the work you are doing – in fact, it’s a good sign that you are where you are meant to be.

Talk. Whether you need someone to explain a task, or things are getting a little overwhelming for you, make sure you talk to your manager about how you are feeling.

Rest. Proper sleep is vital for a healthy work life – make sure you are getting enough of it each night so that you’re fresh for the next working day.

Be enthusiastic. Show how much you appreciate this apprenticeship by completing each new task with enthusiasm. If you’re seen to be enjoying the small things, you’ll be trusted with the bigger, more exciting tasks.

Be professional. From your appearance to the way you speak to your colleagues, take care to be appropriate for a working environment.

Make connections. In amongst the people you are working with now, there could be your next boss or a future business mentor. Make sure you are forming good relationships during your apprenticeship as these connections could springboard your career.

What you are asked. It’s simple, but essential – complete everything that’s required of you during your apprenticeship, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem to you.

More than what you are asked. A great way to make a lasting impression is to do more than what’s expected of you, whether it’s making a round of tea for the office or reading up about the company in your own time.

Share ideas. If you have an idea, don’t think that it’s invalid because you are young or inexperienced. Look for an opportunity to share it with your colleague or manager.

Don’t

Take the opportunity for granted. Not everyone has the opportunity to learn whilst earning. Remember to appreciate the experience and give it your best shot.

Go it alone. If you have a problem, don’t let it keep you up at night – make sure you talk to someone about it.

Be late. Punctuality is incredibly important for building a good reputation during your apprenticeship. Do whatever you need to (whether it’s taking an earlier train or setting four different alarm clocks) to get to work on time.

Be passive. Don’t sit back, take it easy and expect to sail through your apprenticeship. The harder you work, the greater the outcome will be for you.

Be tied to your phone. Most workplaces will have rules about mobile phones but even if they don’t, keep your phone out of sight during work hours so you are not distracted.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but by sticking to these guidelines you are sure to shine during your apprenticeship. For more help and advice, feel free to get in touch with us!