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The ins and outs of being a Degree Apprentice - With Beth Crosbie

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a ‘Degree Apprentice’ here at Pearson College London? Well, here’s your chance to find out just that as I give you the rundown of my first year on the programme!

I chose a degree apprenticeship as I got to a point in my life where I didn’t want to choose between progressing in my career or developing my qualifications, so, instead, I decided to have the best of both worlds! I’m a practical learner and this role allowed me to apply what I was learning to the real world of business.

Obviously, with all the benefits comes other struggles I had to overcome. Time management was crucial and was something I needed to learn quickly! Juggling work, university and setting aside time to watch lectures in the evenings was crucial in this programme but I knew making time for myself needed to be taken into account too (because who says no to a bit of “me time”).

When I first started my role in the marketing team at Pearson, I don’t know if I was fully prepared for the amount of information I was going to have to absorb in the first few months. Tasks that take me five minutes now seemed huge at the beginning! Every company has their own systems and particular ways of doing things which do take time to adjust to. I think this taught me not stress about the speed I completed tasks, because, once you get your head around these things, it becomes second nature!

I think something else that people underestimate is how valuable it is to have a great team backing you, which makes office life just that extra bit more special! Although Covid-19 meant I have spent most of my first year working from home, we luckily got to go out for our team Christmas party which included way too much food and a healthy amount of mulled wine! (Note to self: Wine is not an appetizer).

Hope you enjoyed the inside scoop of my first year on the job! Keep checking out the blog for more content like this!


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