My initial plan was to attend university after passing my A-Levels at Coulsdon College, whereby I studied English Language, Theatre Studies, Physical Education and Geography – a random combination of the subjects I enjoyed at school. I was very passionate about creative writing and communicating with others; I was even called a ‘social butterfly’ at college because I enjoyed talking to everyone in sight.
However, as the deadline for university applications was approaching, I had a feeling of uncertainty whilst writing my personal statement because I wanted to choose the right course for me – not a random subject. I wanted to spend the next three years of my life doing something that benefit me long-term and fulfil my ambitions.
Although I wasn’t mentally prepared to go straight into a job, I decided to explore alternative options that would enable me to continue learning. It was at that point that I came across the National Apprenticeships website and started browsing the range of courses available. Before then, I hadn’t been informed about alternative higher education and I was amazed to see that companies were employing young people to experience the workplace environment, train them, and pay them too!
After talking to family members and researching job industries, I was intrigued by the word ‘marketing’ – I knew it involved lots of writing and communicating (my favourite things) but I was eager to learn more. I applied for a role at Sense PR & Communications Ltd as an Account Executive and was invited for an interview, and then I started my level 2 NVQ in marketing a week later, followed by a level 3.
Shortly after completing my level 3 marketing apprenticeship, I was entering my third year with Sense and my manager kindly offered to fund a higher marketing qualification to further my knowledge and skills. I have just completed my Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Professional Diploma in marketing (equivalent to Level 6).
I have successfully worked my way up and was promoted as an Account Manager last year, which has given me greater responsibility in the business and enabled me to utilise my leadership and communications skills. I am in a good position to share what I have learnt through my CIM qualification with the wider team and reflect the knowledge in my work.
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