Congratulations to Karolina Krucovska who has recently completed her Level 2 Apprenticeship in Business and Administration!
More and more people each year are deciding to do an apprenticeship after completing A-Levels or leaving school. After graduating from college in the Czech Republic in 2010 with A-level equivalent qualifications in English, Literature, Social & Political Studies, and History, Karolina decided that she wanted to gain valuable work experience that she thought would look better in front of employers after completing an apprenticeship than she would with a degree.
Karolina found herself an apprenticeship with PASS as a Business Administrator Apprentice for Online Marketplaces while working towards her Level 2 Apprenticeship in Business and Administration and pushed herself to work towards and achieve Functional Skills in English, Maths, and ICT at a Level 2. Her training assessor Carrie Robinson commented: “Karolina has completed her work on time and worked to an extremely high standard throughout, demonstrating a high level of competence within her role and organisation.
After successfully achieving her Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship Karolina has secured a permanent role within the business, and aims to progress onto a Level 3 qualification to continue her learning journey!
Karolina answered a few questions regarding her experience as an Apprentice:
What piece of advice would you give to a young person looking for their first job?
Do not be intimidated by fancy words or degrees and believe in your abilities. No one was born knowing everything and the point of starting a new job, apprenticeship or anything else is to learn. Just because you never worked in a similar position does not mean you cannot learn and progress. I used to work in a restaurant and have not had any real qualifications in an office environment. If you are smart, keen, quick on your feet and willing to learn then, the odds are in your favour already. And also: never be afraid of asking questions.
What has been the most rewarding part of your career here?
The moment I realised my opinion matters, and I am good in what I do. Realising that even though I am new and young people are willing to listen without prejudice. It is a great feeling knowing your hard work paid off, and that people are seeking your advice and guidance or trusting you with important tasks or projects, even if you didn’t believe you can do it yourself.
Is there anything that you would have done differently knowing what you know now?
I would have applied for an apprenticeship a lot sooner than I did. I was scared and unsure if I had what it takes so I settled for pub jobs and part time work. Don’t get me wrong; apprenticeships are challenging, but it is also really rewarding to know you are constantly improving and learning new things while being able to earn some money.
If you’re interested in Karolina’s journey and want to become and apprentice yourself, why not check out our latest vacancies here. If you’re an employer, and you’re looking to take on an apprentice, register your interest here.