Why choose an apprenticeship over University?

When I was at college, I studied a broad variety of subjects, including English, Maths and Dance as I didn’t really know what I wanted to do as a career.

There was an emphasis on getting everyone to go to University and therefore, our teachers and careers advisors spent most of their time with students perfecting their Personal Statements to get them to down the path to Uni. 

I knew that I didn’t want to go to University as I had no idea which subject I would take. And I definitely didn’t want to choose a subject that I’d end up hating. I decided that I would much prefer to go straight into a working environment, where I’m continuously learning at the same time as earning professional qualifications.

I applied for my role at Fujitsu through a website called GetMyFirstJob.com. This is a very straightforward way to find a huge variety of apprenticeships from across the UK. From Business to Animal Care, Art to IT, there is an apprenticeship for everyone. The site offers degree level apprenticeships too so that students can get a degree without building up any debt.

What is it like to be an Apprentice at Fujitsu?

My role at Fujitsu is in the UK Marketing Team and my apprenticeship qualification is a level 4 in Business Administration.  This is providing me with a broad experience of Marketing as during my two year apprenticeship scheme, I am on rotation, working for 6 months each in different areas of the team.

This gives me the opportunity to:

  • Get involved with a diverse range of activities
  • Work with several different teams and functions within Marketing
  • Learn as much as I possibly can in the space 2 years

I have been given the responsibility to run events and marketing campaigns from start to end. This has consisted of social media activity, creating corporate communications like blogs, brochures and infographics, producing videos and updating the pages on our UK website. My team always encourages me to add value to every task I do.

Fujitsu as a whole invests a lot of time and effort into its apprenticeship scheme. We are given many chances to get involved in fundraising activities with our charity partners, go to careers events at schools and colleges and attend training days.

I am really enjoying my role in Marketing and I’m very happy that I chose to do an apprenticeship at Fujitsu. After completing my apprenticeship, I aim to achieve a level 4 and level 6 Marketing qualification with the Chartered Institute of Marketing to help me to develop my Marketing career further.

Written by Jess Shaw

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