UK: My Week As An Apprentice In Cardiff

Last Updated: 3 May 2016
Article by Deloitte LLP

This is just a small blog to give you as potential apprentices an insight as to what your typical week could be like!

I wake up every morning at 6am. I feed and walk my dog then feed my two tortoises. I shower and get dressed, formal shirt and tie for Mondays through Thursdays then Smart Casual for Friday. I make sure that I have my bag and packed lunch then leave for the train station. My train is a 40 minute journey so I always make sure that I have a good pair of headphones to listen to some feel good music while on the train. I usually get to work around 07:50am but I start at 8:30am. Usually people start at 9am but I have been granted this early start to finish earlier so I have more time at home. This also gives me the opportunity to set up and make myself a coffee before I start my day.

During working day, I am the first point of communication for my team. I have the responsibility of ensuring that members of the firm fulfil their compliance responsibilities. It can get busy at times but I prefer being proactive and productive with my time. I answer a variety of queries that come my way and after time you get used to responding to questions. I love working in an office environment, you sit with your team so if you need help you can just ask, also you can go grab a coffee and relax while you work at your own pace!

All apprentices have to attend college once a month for classroom training. This is where we go over several modules to make sure we are ready for our exams. I like these days because the other apprentices work in other offices so we can share our experiences and have a general catch up.

Every Friday is our study day; a chance for us to look over our college work, organise coursework and revise for exams! I love having it on a Friday because we get to dress informally and relax while studying in a meeting room. It is also nice to have the chance to talk to the other apprentices and have a catch up on how they are finding the apprenticeship.

Apart from working and studying I have a social life outside of work. Monday was a particularly special day for me. I received a Two Stone weight loss award from my slimming world group and I was awarded Greatest Loser of 2016! This has been 9 weeks of progress from the meal we had in the college with the other apprentices and mentors behind the scheme. I feel so proud of myself and am already feeling the health benefits of losing over 10 % of my body fat.

Last weekend, I travelled to Southampton to play an away rugby game for the Cardiff Lions Rugby Team against the Wessex Wyverns. I started back with the Lions in January, at first I was nervous as I have never played rugby before but the respect this team have for each other and the supportive attitude of the player is both honourable and admirable. This was my first of many matches I intend to be playing for this team, and, it was nice to settle down, getting to know the teams after our match with a buffet and beverages.

Overall, this apprenticeship scheme has been an amazing experience for me. It has given me a whole new perspective into the working world. This isn't just an apprenticeship, with Deloitte this is an opportunity to have an amazing career, make strong relationships both business and friends, and, to gain valuable work experience from one of the leading global financial industries. Hopefully I will be accepted for the Bright Start Scheme which will allow me to become a qualified accountant and enhance my future experience with Deloitte.

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