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TGT Meets... Emily Grearson
To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (4th March), we caught up with Emily Grearson, Digital Marketing Apprentice at Cricklade House Hotel, to talk all about her role, how she balances apprenticeship work with her job and advice she'd give to someone choosing between an apprenticeship and university!
Why did you choose an Apprenticeship over university?
After taking my GCSE’s and A-levels I wasn’t keen on continuing to University. Because the subjects I took for A-Level were so diverse this made it difficult for me to decide what subject I would spend several years learning about. For me an apprenticeship was perfect – I get to learn a new skill and be able to get work experience whilst studying.
How did you decide which Apprenticeship to do?
In 2017 I did 2 weeks work experience at a marketing company and thoroughly enjoyed it, this then led to me finding a Digital Marketing Apprenticeship at Cricklade House Hotel. I wanted to choose an apprenticeship that would be a new learning experience for me.
What are the benefits of doing an Apprenticeship?
The benefits of an apprenticeship are that everyday you are learning something new and have the opportunities that you may not have at University. You have the experience of working in a professional environment which is highly beneficial after your apprenticeship is over.
What are you doing to develop within your role and company?
Ask lots of questions! Working in a hotel, there can be lots of different job roles and responsibilities, so it is always interesting to ask questions about their day to day tasks because you will never know when that piece of information will be useful in the future.
What’s your biggest achievement to date?
Transforming the events page on the company website and improving our social media platforms!
How do you spend your free time?
Either socialising with my friends or watching a film/tv
What’s the hardest part about doing an Apprenticeship?
The hardest part for me is balancing college work and my daily tasks at work. Because I love what I do at work it is sometimes difficult to remember that I have other college work and assignments to complete!
What has doing an Apprenticeship meant for you as a person?
Doing an apprenticeship is very rewarding. I get to work closely with a fantastic team and get to experience a working environment and learning new things every day.
What advice would you give someone making the decision to go to university or to do an Apprenticeship?
To think of the future. Do you see yourself doing this in five years? I was debating whether to go to University or not and this was the main question that I was asking myself, and it helped me narrow down my choices. Apprenticeships however will always be my first choice for anyone – I totally believe that my apprenticeship has shaped the person I am today and has made me a more confident individual.
What’s the one thing you will take away from your apprenticeship once it’s over?
Experiencing working in a real work environment and knowing that what I am doing is making a positive impact for the hotel.