Beth is currently completing her Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship with Leidos and we picked up to hear about her experiences on the Apprenticehsip programme so far.
For as long as I can remember, I have always used computers. From as early on as nursery school, computers have always been an integral part of my education, and a part that I have always enjoyed, and incorporated into my hobbies. I am lucky enough to have lived through a period of time where technological advances have been constant throughout my lifetime, and I find it really exciting to be able to learn about new products and services that are transforming the way that we live and work. For that reason, I wanted to be part of a community that betters the world around us through Tech. When I was looking to apply for university courses at Sixth Form, I became really disheartened at the lack of real world experiences that a traditional university course would teach me. I decided that the best way to gain real-world, practical and technical knowledge was through an apprenticeship. Work based learning seemed like a massive win for me as it was combining the need for me to get out into the workplace on my first step into a career, but also fulfil the need I had of furthering my education.How you are finding your programme so farI love the flexibility that the programme offers. I am able to use projects and scenarios that have happened in the workplace to evidence in my degree, and this demonstrates that I am proficient in competencies and theory as part of the degree towards my day-to-day duties. I don't find myself struggling to fulfil coursework or assignments, as I know that I can use real-life projects and work to complete programme tasks. It is empowering to have the ability to show the work that my job entails, and to also be constantly learning as I progress through the programme.The support I have received from TDM throughout my Level 3 and Level 6 courses has been outstanding. I never felt as supported as I do now as I did at school, as I felt that sometimes it was difficult to find teachers in a classroom approachable. I've always found that the coaching staff at TDM are always at the other end of a phone call or an email if I have any queries.I have learnt a whole new way of working and approaching academia; whether that is essay writing or presenting skills, TDM have facilitated classes and workshops to give me the confidence to go and independently work on programme tasks such as exams or essays, and also how to better my skills when working with groups, to ensure that everyone involved feels included and appreciated, which has helped me no end when putting these skills into practice at work. I have also learnt about the theory behind my job role and my degree specialism, as well as tools and methods that I can employ daily to efficiently manage work that I am assigned to within my job, and overall become a better Business Analyst, but also have an understanding for other specialisms within the Tech and Digital Sector.I would wholeheartedly recommend TDM, and the programme that I am currently on. Whether you are new to the Tech and Digital Sector, new to academics or are interested in a change of career, TDM will be able to teach so many new skills, both technical and personal, and help improve existing skills, that will enable you to feel confident in your role and the way that you approach work.
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