Meet the Apprentice: Holly Garrett, Rotational Degree Apprentice
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We interviewed one of our Level 6 Rotational Degree Apprentices, Holly Garrett, to find out more about her experiences of studying for the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA).
The Rotational Degree Apprenticeship is a scheme whereby apprentices rotate around three different companies over the course of three years.
What programme are you studying?
I am a Rotational Degree Apprentice studying at Pearson College London.
As part of my programme, I started working at Tesco for one year in their Social Media Team. This allowed me to explore my creativity and gain vast experience working with external media and creative agencies.
I then rotated to IBM for an 8 month secondment in their Systems Channel Sales team. Within this role, I was more operations-based: analysing sales reports and tracking future deals.
I am now working for Pearson College London in Business to Business (B2B) Marketing within the External Relations team.
My day-to-day role includes creating B2B brochures to give to potential business partners or clients, organising and advertising our Centre for Industry Engagement events, and updating the B2B LinkedIn channels and website pages. I’m really enjoying my time at Pearson College London, as every day is different!
How did you find out about the Rotational Degree Apprenticeship programme?
My sister had heard about degree apprenticeships being offered within the company she was working with at the time and mentioned it to me. I knew I wanted to study a Business Management degree at university but I was unsure what specific area of business I wanted to work.
The prospect of gaining work experience in three different companies and four different business disciplines was amazing, so I did my research and went for it!
Have any interesting opportunities arisen as part of the programme?
I sat on a UCAS panel with other degree apprentices and apprentices at different vocational levels. The audience was made up of Heads of Sixth Form, Careers Advisors and teachers who had the opportunity to ask questions to explore other higher education options to promote to their students.
I also attended the Apprentice18 event at Ravensbourne University, alongside the Mayor of London and Anne Milton MP. It was an opportunity for me to talk to sixth form students about alternative pathways into higher education and the benefits that a degree apprenticeship can offer.
I enjoy taking an active part in promoting apprenticeships to young people because whilst completing sixth form, I was very much pushed to follow a traditional university route as I studied academic subjects at A-Level. I think that vocational routes such as apprenticeships are amazing opportunities that are somewhat not promoted enough by schools.
Is there anything interesting that you do outside of the apprenticeship scheme?
I used to play badminton to quite a high standard, but now I keep involved in that by coaching younger aspiring badminton players at the weekend.
Do you have any tips for students applying for a degree apprenticeships?
Focusing on time management is important. I would recommend dividing your time up to allot time specifically to studying. However, at the same time, you need to ensure you maintain a social life at the same time and see your friends, as we do all need downtime!
If you want be like Holly and start a career through an apprenticeship rather than applying for university, RateMyApprenticeship has a bunch of degree apprenticeships you can apply to...