Friday, 13 September 2013

My top challenges and achievements

I thought it would be fun to share with you guys my top achievements and challenges that I have faced during my apprenticeship. Enjoy.

Top 3 Challenges

1. Having to write the same thing on Twitter in 10 different ways and schedule them on Hootsuite. I sacrifice my sanity for variety.

2. Getting lost in Chelmsford after an School Apprenticeship Event. And then my phone battery nearly died.

3. Adapting to getting up every morning to get into work for 9:30am Monday-Friday. I still don't think I've gotten over this one.

Top 3 Achievements

1. Going to the Channel 4 Building, meeting all the amazing people that work there and eating all the snacks.

2. Winning my final pitch for my college project and getting £50 worth of Westfields vouchers.

3. Coordinating, interviewing and editing all the amazing footage from the cool people I got to film and interview doing DiVA Inspire.

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Thursday, 29 August 2013

Go Amanda.

Check out this amazing article on one of my apprentice buddies, Amanda Dorsett. She just recently did a blog for the Huffington Post.

Amanda Dorsett - Huffington Post Apprentice of the week

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Friday, 9 August 2013

So we've come, to the end of the road...

Hi Guys,

As my completion date draws closer I wanted to take this chance to share my experience about my apprenticeship as a whole. Prepare for a lengthy rant. I hope you find it useful whether you’re interested in apprenticeships or entering the world of work.

My Old University Room
The Beginning…

My apprenticeship was plan B. I was in university enjoying the perks of living on campus, students rave nights and being able to skip lectures and still pass assignments with a grade B and above.

I loved university, but quickly found my course wasn’t for me. I decided to leave fairly early; living as a student whilst not actually studying is quite the life. However, all good things come to an end.

As summer approached it hit home I needed another option. This is where apprenticeships stepped in. I got my head around what they offered and was really excited to do one.

My excitement was quickly diminished after 5 long months of ‘unsuccessfuls’ and ‘application denied’. Finding an apprenticeship was as difficult as getting into university; I started to panic, I hadn’t planned on not graduating. Being unemployed and unsure where you’re heading is an issue that unfortunately far too many young people are experiencing. With limited opportunities to satisfy the ambition and aspirations of my generation, it’s very common for people to settle. In a way that’s what I did.

Starting My Apprenticeship…

I was offered the role of Marketing Assistant at DiVA; the feelings differed to when I was accepted into university. University was always my plan, when I enrolled I was over the moon, everything was falling into place. 

Baby Me :)
I was happy to start at DiVA, but was unsure and scared. It very much resembled my first day at nursery. It wasn’t in my plan and I never really showed an interest in marketing.  I didn't know where it would take me but was worried I wouldn’t have anything if I didn’t go with it, so I took the position.

My Apprenticeship…

My day as Lead DiVA
After getting a grasp of working at DiVA and getting my head around marketing I began developing genuine interest for the field. I’ve learnt the importance of marketing. Whether you’re a product, company or person, no matter how amazing your idea or how talented you are, if you can’t market yourself, it’s pointless. I began incorporating my apprenticeship into my new plan, which helped me adjust easier. I was happier not only at work but also within myself. I was learning new things and meeting new people; living in the real world and experiencing it first hand is invaluable, for me personally, it was more beneficial than being taught how to do a job. I wasn’t being taught; I was doing it and learning as I went along.  I never felt I was missing out on education as I’ve been studying alongside my job. I really got the best of both. 

My Director (Arit Eminue) and I

If I had to describe my apprenticeship in one word it would be challenging.
The past year has tested my limits and stretched me further than before. It has been hard in the workplace as well as outside of it. Being the only one of my friends to leave university and do something different felt lonely at times. You don’t get a summer break, you can’t go raving on a weekday, and you have to be so responsible.  I cannot stress how much I miss student loan and regular trips to Westfield’s.

It’s been hard, tough, and there have been times I felt like quitting, but it has been real.  My eyes have been opened to the working world and it’s helped me understand where I wish to fit in it. As the end of my apprenticeship draws near I feel a great sense of accomplishment and pride in myself, I feel rejuvenated and ready to face the world.

I will always be grateful for the opportunity that DiVA gave me, and even more grateful for the experiences I have had. With the ups and downs, I feel that apprenticeships offer an experience that would benefit so many people in this day and age.

Where To Now...

Ready for the world
I’m not sure where I would like to move onto but I know I am ready to move on. I am ready to explore all my possibilities; as important as it is to have a plan, I am ready to search for what is out there and not follow a route just because it has been tried and tested. I am confident enough in myself to do this, and the thought of it is so exciting.

As I wrap up the next few weeks at DiVA I want to say thank to all those who have listened to me rant on over the past year and I hope that it has helped or inspired you in some way.

Everyone has his or her path to follow, just make sure you’re following it for yourself, no matter how different or scary it may seem.

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Graduate Apprentice - Mulenga Kasoma


I thought I would share this quick video with you guys. It's one of our past apprentices Mulenga Kasoma interviewing Nick De Bois, MP of Enfield North about apprenticeships and unemployment.

Check it out here.

What are your views on youth unemployment? Do you believe apprenticeships can help with this issue?

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Friday, 19 July 2013

"Your'e Fired"


I'm back with a dosage of apprenticeship news.

Tim Campbell - A sneaky picture I took

Two weeks ago I attended an Inspiring Future Apprenticeship Event in Waltham Forest to raise awareness of apprenticeships.  The majority of visitors were 14-16, it's encouraging to see many have interest in preparing their next steps of education. 

At 14 years old I hadn't a clue what I wanted once I'd left school, it seemed far away. With so many options available than when I was looking for next steps, it was nice to be a part of something important.  

Tim Campbell, the first winner of 'The Apprentice' was also there. He gave an inspiring speech about where he started and things that motivated him to get where he is today, sharing a hilarious story about when his Mum bought him a knock-off pair of Nike Trainers. It's important for young people to know, some people in the highest places today started just like them.He did a good job of engaging with the crowd and getting the message across 'that with hard work, anything is achievable'.  

Now guys, I need your help. Part of my job is to film apprentice case studies to give an inside scoop on what it’s like to be an apprentice. I filmed my classmates as my first draft and would appreciate if you check it out and gave me some feedback.  

What questions would you ask? How would you film it? Help me make these videos useful for you guys. Ta! 

Until next time.

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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Just a quick one.

Hi guys,

I don’t have much to tell you apprenticeship wise this week; I was on annual leave celebrating my 21st birthday.

I do want to share news of some things looming on the horizon, including an upcoming event that may be of interest to you all.

With my apprenticeship coming to a close, my Director really wants me to focus on the DiVA Inspire segment, over the next 3 months. Designed to help motivate and inspire young people. I have been itching to get my teeth into this, but I’ve found it hard to give it the attention it deserves whilst juggling all my other work.

I’m going to try and reduce my work so that I can push on with this exciting project. Juggling tasks is a skill you need to learn for any job, it can be overwhelming at times but practice makes perfect.

So, fingers crossed, we will have some exciting interviews in the diary. Something to inspire you all.

Moving on, for all you film fanatics, I have something exciting for you. The East End Film Festival kicked off earlier this week and is one of the UK’s largest film festivals. It presents a rich and diverse programme of international premieres, industry masterclasses, free pop-up screening and immersive live events. It will be running until the 10th July so make sure you get in on the action.

Hope this short and sweet post proved to be useful.

Until next time. 

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Friday, 14 June 2013

Out with the old, In with the new.

Hi All,

Exciting news everyone... we've moved offices.

Yes, the DiVA's have relocated to Stratford. After packing up all our stuff, driving the removal van ourselves and setting up our new office, we're all settled in, I must say, I do like our new pad.

There's more space than our previous office and it's 5 minutes away from Stratford City, meaning regular trips to Westfield at lunch, not good news for my purse. As it's a warehouse building there are several types of organisations here, which means it's easy to spark up conversation. My favourite feature is the large windows, light floods in throughout the day when the London weather graces us with sunshine.

More good news; a few weeks back I completed college. We had to collate all the work and research we had done over the year, for one final pitch to an industry panel.
The panel included Teague Emery, Social Media Manager of Think Jam, Rosalie Jones, Account Executive of Grey London and of course, lead DiVA herself, Arit Eminue.
Due to my partner not being able to attend, my boss sitting on the panel and me being the first to pitch, I felt the odds were against me. My nerves rocketed. To add to the pressure, we were all competing for an £100 Westfield voucher and a Trophy.

Every team delivered their pitch and were told to wait outside whilst the panel made their decision. Resembling an episode of The Apprentice, we waited outside for what felt like hours.

When called back, they each gave us some feedback on our presentations and announced the winners.

My ears seemed to go into mute mode, I hadn't realised I had won until everyone began clapping and starring in my direction.

I was absolutely delighted; it was a perfect end to college. Plus, I got myself quite an outfit from Westfield. :)

Until next time.

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