Before my apprenticeship at Embrace… 

I remember my final year at college being a constant worry about the next steps I’d take. I’ve grown up being so passionate about Performing Arts. I loved performing, but as my friends started auditioning for university, I had a strong sense of uncertainty. Every effort I put into shaping my acting career left me feeling confined to one option. It’s such a competitive industry and I had doubts about whether I wanted to pursue a career that I thought wasn’t stable. This is when I started to panic as I never came up with a backup plan for if I wasn’t successful in performing. This worried me as my course was approaching an end faster than ever.

Finding out about apprenticeships… 

I felt that my options were very limited. It seemed as though university was the only way to put my foot in the door and work towards a successful career. It was only until I opened up to my tutor that my options became clearer. She recommended looking into apprenticeship programmes; something I’d never thought of doing before. I knew that I wanted to earn money while having the opportunity to gain experience in something new. I wasn’t prepared to spend another two years in college, especially with a part time job. I searched for listings that I thought would suit me and went to see an apprenticeship advisor. They talked me through the process and made me feel less anxious about being unsure of a career.

Becoming an apprentice… 

After a couple of weeks revising my options, I decided to apply for an interview at Embrace. Although I knew very little about marketing at the time, I went to my interview prepared with notes I’d taken while researching the role. When I got into my interview, luckily for me, it was very relaxed and informative. I felt at ease speaking to Becky and Ciarán about my aspirations and where I wanted to be in a few years. They gave me a clear insight of the role that they had to offer, and afterwards I got to meet the team! I immediately warmed to the idea of working at Embrace. The team were enthusiastic and friendly, and the environment was uplifting. Not long after my interview I got offered the role as a Social and Digital Marketing Apprentice. I was so pleased with the offer, the dread I had been feeling about my future was no longer relevant.


Why I recommend apprenticeships…

  • It’s great experience, and you’ll most likely take on a permanent role once you’ve passed your modules
  • It’s a great way to earn while you learn
  • The best way to learn is to do!

My advice to anyone considering an apprenticeship…

  • Make sure you browse all the options available, take your time!
  • Although you’re applying for a job to learn internally, go to your interview prepared. This shows that you have a willingness to learn.
  • REMEMBER: you’re not going to know everything about your role straight away. Ask questions, observe and don’t feel disheartened if you make a mistake.