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Jennifer Ciminiello, business admin apprentice, Quest Recruitment

Hattie / 14th Nov, 2016 / Success Stories

by WhiteHat

Q:When did you decide that university wasn’t for you?

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I decided that university wasn’t the right option for me whilst I was studying for my A-Levels.I had held previous part-time jobs and realised that i wanted to work, gain more experience in the working environment and also earn some money. I applied for uni at the beginning of the year like everyone else but I still was really indecisive and I decided that I shouldn’t completely neglect it. I completed my A-levels, got my grades and by then I noticed that I didn’t want to study for much longer but learn and earn at the same time and that I would defer the year to next year just in case I do want to go back and study.

Q:What interested you about doing an apprenticeship?

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I was drawn into doing an apprenticeship for many reasons but the two key ones were: working full-time (Monday to Friday) while gaining a useful qualification and to gain experience in the workplace immediately after leaving school or college.

Q: What advice do you have for someone looking to do apprenticeship, but who doesn’t know if it's for them?

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I would suggest they think about it seriously, do some research about the different apprenticeships on offer, find out what type of apprenticeship they want to pursue, and also speak to people who have already gone down either the apprenticeship or university route. I spoke to a good friend of mine who didn’t go to university, started an apprenticeship, and has now been offered a permanent job with the company! You just never know what is just around the corner! Also, even if you do an apprenticeship and later decide you want to go to university, you still have that opportunity.

Q:What's been the best thing about working in recruitment so far?

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The best thing about working in recruitment is that I get to speak to so many different people every day and know that I am helping them with progressing and developing their career further. Also, I enjoy the fact that recruitment is very fast paced and you always have something to do! I wouldn’t have liked it if I was stuck in the office all day, not very busy and constantly bored. Luckily my experience has been the complete opposite!

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For anyone looking to do an apprenticeship I would highly recommend WhiteHat! Unlike other apprenticeship providers they have helped and supported me every step of the way! They managed to find me the perfect apprenticeship in a matter of weeks and I couldn’t thank them enough! WhiteHat will definitely look after you.

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Q:Did spending time working in retail prepare you for the world of recruitment?

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Working in retail definitely helped prepare me for the world of recruitment. Understanding different environments, different cultures, different personality types and how companies and brands work is very important both in retail and in recruitment.

Q:What was important to you when you were choosing the type of company you wanted to work for?

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To me it was very important that the company was well-established and had a good reputation. Also, knowing that the company and manager treat their employees correctly. Knowing that there is always room for career progression and that doing this job would actually teach me new skills that would benefit me was also really important.

For anyone looking to do an apprenticeship I would highly recommend WhiteHat! Unlike other apprenticeship providers they have helped and supported me every step of the way! They managed to find me the perfect apprenticeship in a matter of weeks and I couldn’t thank them enough! WhiteHat will definitely look after you.

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