The Great Leap - School to Apprenticeship

Moving from school to doing an apprenticeship is a big step, especially when you come straight from your GCSEs to one of the largest companies in the world!

Moving into an apprenticeship was weird at first, as there are a lot of things to get used to from just being in a work environment to getting to know new people. The biggest change for me was in what I actually do day-to-day; at school I would be sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher and preparing for exams, at Microsoft I am given the opportunity to troubleshoot problems for customers and talk to them about the issue and the solution.

Getting used to new people and a new environment happened quickly over time, learning about your job role and the knowledge required to do it takes longer.

Just like in school you are constantly learning, but at school you are following a curriculum for an exam and the teachers are using their techniques that help you learn. At work you are learning content in your own way, which gives you freedom in the way that you learn and makes you more independent.

Being in a work environment is very different to at school, everyone has a job to do and behind the big name Microsoft is made up of talented, hardworking people. While most of your time will be spent on your job role, you are always able to go for coffee, spend time playing table football or play on the Xboxes. Unlike a day at school most days are different, there are always different things to do outside of your job role, the apprentices have got involved in fundraising, GetOn (taking to young people about the scheme), making an internal app and the Brathay challenge, #bac16.

Once you get used to working for Microsoft and your job role, you will develop skills that will help you in any job you may want in the future and have a great time doing it. The apprenticeship scheme has kick-started my career and it will definitely help me in my future whatever I go onto do. Not having homework or the pressure from exams is really nice and I am glad that I am where I am compared to being at sixth form or university.

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