Dan tells us how being an apprentice has changed him


Dan Burckitt, a former pupil at St Johns College and Havant College from Cosham tells us what makes him tick

What made you choose an apprenticeship?

After college I knew that I didn’t want to go to University so I began applying for jobs. This is how I came across PETA, where I ended up enrolling in an IT training course. It was towards the end of this course that I was introduced to apprenticeships by PETA and I decided that that would be a great way for me to gain experience working in my field of interest.

What is your favourite thing about being an apprentice?

My favourite thing about being an apprentice is the opportunity to learn skills specific to my field of interest whilst also gaining practical experience in a working environment.

What do you feel most proud of and why?

The thing I feel most proud of is how much I’ve been able to develop my confidence while at my job. I entered my apprenticeship almost two years ago without having any experience of work and very little self-confidence, however, I can now say that I am a completely different person. I have evolved on both a personal and professional level whilst working at my job and continue to enjoy what I do.

What did you buy with your first pay-cheque?

With my first pay-cheque, I invested in a MacBook.

Would you recommend apprenticeships and if so why?

I would recommend an apprenticeship as they enable you to get stuck into a job whilst learning at the same time.

What is your greatest achievement?

Being involved in taking a group of Secondary School students around Italy for a week on a watersports school trip as a trusted member of staff. I feel that this is one of my greatest achievements as I had never been abroad by myself before, let alone with the added responsibility of taking 40 young students along. The trip was a huge success and I will always remember it as a personal milestone for myself.

Where would you like to go next in your career?

I would like to continue to pursue my interests in marketing further and would like to work for a company that focuses on a form of digital marketing.

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