Traineeships with Profound are the perfect way to open up opportunities in your career in a vast variety of fields. For example, an apprentice who completes a business administration apprenticeship would have the opportunity to work in areas such as Finance, Marketing, and much more, as they’ve gained the relevant skills applicable to lots of sectors.
We’ve seen so many achievements through our traineeship programme, and Katie Whiting stands out as a huge success. Katie joined our traineeship programme and then moved onto an apprenticeship working with Seaward in Peterlee as a Marketing Assistant Apprentice. We spoke to Katie about her experience and achievements, and this is what she had to say:
Why did you decide to do a traineeship?
When I finished school I only wanted to go to one college (Durham Sixth Form) to do English, one the day I registered to the college I didn’t have the grades to do English or any A level except Maths, so I had to choose other courses. I wasn’t happy with the courses I chose and the whole college experience wasn’t for me. I didn’t want to continue doing courses I didn’t like and I didn’t want to wait another year to join a different college, so I thought I should try for an apprenticeship and get a trade. There was a few places I had an interview for and one of these were Profound, I liked the idea of the traineeship because it was the perfect opportunity to prove that I was willing to work for a career. It also gave the company I was doing the traineeship with to get to know me; it allowed me to build connections with people before any serious happened. The information I was given about the traineeship seemed more appealing, successful and challenging than the other apprenticeship interviews I went for.
What are the most important things you’ve learnt after completing a traineeship?
The most important thing I have learnt from my traineeship is that taking risks and pushing yourself can be the best thing ever; there was a 50% chance that I might not have got the apprenticeship afterwards. That knowledge of knowing that I may not be taken on made me want to work harder than ever, it made me want to prove to everyone that I was willing to learn and work.
What was the process like transitioning from traineeship to apprenticeship?
When I transferred from traineeship to apprenticeship it felt surreal, I never thought I would be taken on as an apprentice because I wasn’t sure if I had done enough to prove my worth. On the day they asked me to become an apprentice I felt over the moon with myself like I had shown that I was willing to work and wanting to be there.
What does a typical day look like for you in your apprenticeship role?
A typical day for me is arriving in the office before 8:25am, logging onto my computer, opening all my applications that I will be working on during the day. I will do the mornings work, at 12pm I will go on my dinner for 30 minutes, then I will continue doing my work until 4:55pm when I go home.
How do you hope to progress after completing your apprenticeship?
I hope to be taken on full time at Seaward because they have helped me so much during my apprenticeship, I have getting to know everyone here and I enjoyed working here. I would like to work my way up through marketing roles as much as I can.
Any other comments?
Profound has been very helpful in every way to allow me to realise what I want out of life. When I was in college I really didn’t enjoy any of it but when I started at Profound I loved how everything I was doing meant something to my life. I would definitely recommend Profound to those looking to get into an apprenticeship.