Company culture: the importance of loving your apprenticeship
It’s a fact that we spend a lot of our lives at work, whether that’s in an office, factory, lab, shop or out and about.
When it comes to picking an apprenticeship, company and industry that you’re going to feel happy working in, how can you be sure that you’ve chosen a good one?
How to work out if a company suits you
A simple way of finding a business or career that you will feel comfortable in is by learning about the workplace culture that exists.
Arguably, the culture of a business is as important (or maybe even more so) than the salary you are paid and the day-to-day tasks you are asked to do.
That might seem like an odd statement. When most of us start out in our careers, admittedly our eyes are often looking solely at the dolla dolla bill y’all.
Don’t get us wrong, what you’re paid is important and as your working life develops, you want to earn more.
All we’re saying is that you shouldn’t sacrifice your happiness at work purely to pump up your wage packet and bank balance.
Apprenticeships are just the start of your career
If you find yourself in a school leaver scheme that promised a lot but hasn’t delivered, remember: you’re at a very early stage in your career and it’s not too late to change paths.
It’s important that you’re the right person for the company offering the apprenticeship, but it’s just as crucial for the company to be right for you.
We’ve spoken about the importance of the corporate culture and why it’s something you should think about when looking around for school leaver initiatives, but what do we actually mean by culture?
What is company culture and why should you care?
It can involve anything that forms the feeling that surrounds a business. This can include perks like free food, games rooms, regular social events, bonuses, flexible working hours and subsidised memberships.
In addition to ‘tangible’ incentives like these, other benefits that form a company’s atmosphere can include a friendly and open environment, great colleague engagement, feedback on how you’re doing and updates from the CEO and managers that keep employees in the loop.
If an organisation fulfils most or all of these criteria, chances are it’s a great place to work.
Companies that have cultures like this will often use them as a selling point to help draw in apprentices, so you’ll probably get a sense for it from the word go.
If you want to know specifics, you can always ask in an interview. Let’s face it, if it’s a good work environment they’ll be happy to tell you all about it. If they dodge the question that could be a bad sign!
Speak to people who work there and take in the office environment. This will give you a good idea of the kind of place it is.
Find an apprenticeship that’s good for you
Take an interest in an organisation’s atmosphere because if you do end up doing an apprenticeship, you want to be sure that the time you’re spending there is enjoyable and valuable to your development.
When you start your school leaver scheme, as you’re likely to be new to the world of work or corporate environments, you may be given a mentor, buddy or manager to help you with your development.
They will be there to support you and answer any questions you may have, so if you want to learn more about the culture and how you fit into it, you should be able to ask them.
While technology giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google are often cited as having the world’s best work cultures, many companies are realising the importance of ensuring that their workforces are happy and improving their cultures.
After all, an enthusiastic workforce is likely to be more productive and stay at the business for longer.
The honest company reviews left on this site should offer you a real idea about what it’s like to work at certain places, so make sure you check them out to learn more about where you’d like to work.