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How to Prepare For a Full Time Role Once You Have Completed Your Apprenticeship.

Transitioning from an apprenticeship to a full-time job can be a challenging yet exciting time in one's career. Apprenticeships provide valuable hands-on experience and training in a particular field or industry, and completing one successfully can open the door to many career opportunities. Around 80% of apprentices will have the opportunity to continue their role in their current workplace but what about the apprentices who may not have this opportunity or decide to move on?

We will outline tips for both scenarios whether you are moving onto another business or staying with your current company! Here are some of the best tips to use whilst searching for a new job in a new company:

  1. Network and build relationships: During your apprenticeship, you likely had the opportunity to meet and work with a variety of professionals in your industry. Now is the time to build on those relationships and expand your network. Attend industry events, join professional organisations, and connect with people on social media. Building relationships with others in your industry can help you learn about job opportunities and give you a leg up in the hiring process.

  2. Update your resume and cover letter: Your resume and cover letter should highlight the skills and experience you gained during your apprenticeship. Be sure to emphasise any projects or tasks that you completed successfully, as well as any awards or certifications you received. Highlighting your accomplishments can help you stand out to potential employers.

  3. Apply for jobs: Start looking for full-time job opportunities as soon as possible. You may want to apply to positions within the company where you completed your apprenticeship, as they may be more likely to hire someone who is familiar with their culture and processes. However, don't limit yourself to just one company. Look for job openings at other companies in your industry as well.

  4. Prepare for job interviews: When you land an interview, be sure to prepare well. Research the company and be familiar with their products or services. Be prepared to talk about your experience during your apprenticeship and how it has prepared you for a full-time role. Dress professionally and be on time for the interview.

  5. Be patient: Finding a full-time job can take time, so be patient and persistent in your job search. Your current experience and qualifications will help you beat other competition that is out there.

  6. Showcase your skills: During your apprenticeship, you will have gained a wealth of experience, knowledge and skills needed for your industry. Make sure to present these confidently across in your interviews.

  7. Keep key connections: Once you have found another role, make sure to keep positive relationships with your old employer. You never know when an opportunity may come knocking!

Completing your qualification is a momentous occasion, where an individual transforms from a trainee or an apprentice to a full-time employee, who is fully integrated into the workforce. So, what should you expect when transitioning from an apprenticeship to a full-time job in your current company? Here are some tips to help you make the switch:

  1. Get organised: Before transitioning, it's important to get organised. You should have a clear idea of your responsibilities, work schedule, and expectations from your employer. You should also have a good understanding of your salary, benefits, and any other perks that come with the job.

  2. Communicate with your supervisor: Communication is key during this transition period. Talk to your supervisor about your expectations and any concerns you may have. They should be able to provide you with the necessary information and guidance to help you settle into your new role.

  3. Establish a routine: Establishing a routine can help you adjust to your new work schedule. Get to work early, take breaks at regular intervals, and make sure you're taking care of yourself both physically and mentally.

  4. Keep learning: Just because you've transitioned to a full-time job doesn't mean your learning should stop. Continue to seek out new opportunities to develop your skills and improve your knowledge in your field.

  5. Seek feedback: Feedback is a critical component of personal and professional growth. Seek feedback from your supervisor and colleagues to help you identify areas for improvement and continue to develop your skills.

Transitioning from an apprenticeship to a full-time job can be daunting, but with proper planning and preparation, it can also be a rewarding experience. By communicating with your supervisor, establishing a routine, continuing to learn, and seeking feedback, you can successfully make the transition and achieve your professional goals.

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