During the employer mock interview session she was noticed for her enthusiasm and professionalism and is now in full time employment with BPR Heaton and studying for her AAT Qualification via the Apprenticeship route.
We hear from Lois about life as an Apprentice….
- What are you currently studying?
I have just completed my level 3 AAT apprenticeship and I am about to start Level 4 in April.
- You attended the First Intuition Accountancy Academy, did this help you with your decision?
Yes, the knowledge I gained from the staff at FI Leeds about the accounting profession during the academy was invaluable. I knew when studying for my A-levels that I wanted to work in finance and the academy day at First Intuition gave me that push in the right direction to get me where I am today. I attended the academy back in April 2018 and had a mock interview with the Corporate manager of the accountancy practice I am currently working for and was contacted after the academy to attend a formal interview with the directors of this practice.
- What else was appealing about an Apprenticeship to you?
The most appealing part of an apprenticeship to me was being able to earn a full time salary whilst gaining respected qualifications and skills needed for a successful career in accounting.
- What do you feel you gain by studying via the Apprenticeship route?
I have gained knowledge and skills from working alongside highly skilled professionals.
- How do you find the work/study balance of an Apprenticeship?
The work/study balance during working hours can be difficult to manage especially during busy periods it can be hard to allocate 20% of your time to studying or training, but planning ahead with your workplace training mentor can easily combat this issue. Colleagues & managers understand that college work throughout your apprenticeship is just as important as your day-to-day job and are willing to help you in any possible way.
- How do First Intuition help with your studies?
First intuition is one of the reasons why my level 3 apprenticeship was such a success. I would not of achieved 85%-99% in all my exams without the continued support of all the staff at FI Leeds.
- Would you recommend the Apprenticeship route to others? If yes, why?
I would definitely recommend the apprenticeship route, you gain experience whilst training so when you are fully qualified you are confident within a working environment.