Why did you choose to join GSK?
I chose to join GSK due to its worldwide reputation. I also know a few people who do/have worked for GSK previously so after speaking with them I felt like it was the right place for me. They spoke of the positive working environment and also of how GSK values its employees. It is important to me to feel respected in the workplace so after speaking to these individuals, and the other apprentices at my assessment centre, I decided that GSK would be a good place to complete my training. Another thing which attracted me to GSK was what it has to offer within the apprentice programme and the support that it gives to apprentices.
What advice would you give to someone considering applying for an apprenticeship?
I would definitely encourage anyone who is considering it to apply. Through an apprenticeship you can gain the experience needed in today’s job market while avoiding the debt caused by university fees. Some people would rather go to university as they want to enjoy the experience but if you’re undecided then I believe it’s worth applying to both. You can then keep all of your options open and you will then have more time to think and make your choice on results day. You have nothing to lose.
Is this an area of work you always wanted to go into?
When I was in school I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, so I looked in to a few different areas and finance was one of those I considered. My mum is also in finance so I did some work with her and it helped me to realise that I enjoyed the skills and the work involved. Since doing the apprenticeship I’ve realised that there are many more aspects to finance than I first thought, and it has helped me to realise that I made the right choice.
What made you decide to pursue an apprenticeship?
I was never convinced that university would be the correct path for me to take. My school tried to push everyone to take the university path but I was concerned how much debt I would get into. I have two older brothers and one had gone to university and the other had taken the apprenticeship route – after they finished the one who’d done the apprenticeship had better prospects when getting a job due to the experience so I decided to look into doing one myself. I was eager to gain hands-on experience while also gaining a recognised qualification, so that I could find out early on if it was the career area I wanted to carry on pursuing.
How would you describe your role in five words?
Rewarding, challenging, valuable, technical and supportive.