What attracted me to doing an apprentice was the idea of learning and earning at the same time. I did start at University but it wasn’t the right thing for me so the opportunity to work, earn a living and also go to college and learn was a very appealing one. I think the really good thing about being an apprentice at Landsec and what makes it so special is the fact that I do so many rotations throughout the business. It gives me a great office foundation to get the most out of my apprenticeship and I do about 20 to 30 rotations. I meet so many people across the business and I get a really good grounding into what each department does, how they all work together how the business operates. I do as many rotations as I can and most of them are four to six weeks with some being eight to twelve weeks so I get enough time to properly delve into what each department does, how they operate, what they contribute to the company and how the company operates.
From a personal and social point of view it gives me a chance to have good relations with fellow colleagues so that when the opportunity for a full time role appears I’m known to them. My career ambition at Landsec is to gain as much work experience as I can and get the best sort of feedback that I can and then look at a more permanent job. I’d love to work in the retail finance aspect of the company and working in the finance team analysing numbers. Another thing that Landsec hs helped me with is the tutorial process - I have a mentor and a line manager and even without them there’s people in the company I’ve bonded with after spending time in their departments – people I am quite close with who I can trust.
The advice I would give to others considering doing an apprenticeship is go for it! Believe in yourself and go into it willing to try anything, tackle anything - ask questions because you’re only going to get out of it what you put in. No one’s going to bite, everyone’s going to be really engaging and help you out. It’s all designed for you to get the most out of – give it a go!