On Tuesday 11 September 2018, I started my Digital Marketing apprenticeship with Creative Process at Plus Accounting. Fast forward 15 months and my apprenticeship has now come to an end where I have achieved a grade of distinction.
In this blog, I will be looking at my journey from start to finish and why I believe it is well worth looking at if you’re interested in a similar career pathway.
When I finished my A-Levels at college I was hit with a very difficult and daunting decision on where I should take my next step and in which direction I should take it. However, after looking at many careers I felt my interests and past qualifications suited a route into Digital Marketing. I decided to go down the route of an apprenticeship with Creative Process as I felt the experience in a workplace environment whilst earning a wage was more beneficial than going to university. University is still a great option for obtaining further qualifications and getting you the job you want but I felt that I could do that without the three/ four-year course and the inevitable debt that comes with university.
Apprenticeships are definitely on the rise in the UK with it becoming a more attractive option for people once they finish their A Levels. The myth of ‘apprenticeships just mirror the manager and make coffee’ couldn’t be any further from the truth, although I do love a cup of coffee. Over the past 15 months, I have gained experience on the job, been given the platform to voice my ideas and been given a great amount of responsibility in the workplace.
How do you become a Digital Marketing apprentice?
When I finished my A Levels, I wasted no time in applying for apprenticeships in Digital Marketing and I found vacancies on the ‘find an apprenticeship’ page on the government website. These vacancies were all posted by Creative Process which is when I decided to sign up to one of their ‘recruitment sessions’ to get a taste of what the roles involve and more detail about apprenticeships as a whole. After this, I was successful in an interview with Plus Accounting and I started my new role and the course in September 2018.
What is the BCS Digital Marketing apprenticeship?
The course I began studying was titled ‘BCS Level 3 in Digital Marketing’ and this course involved a breakdown of elements from modules to projects to a portfolio. The 3 modules were Marketing Principles (passed with 34/40), Google Analytics (passed with 64/70) and Principles of Coding (passed with 13/20) and they were delivered by a great team over at Creative Process through classroom and distance learning sessions. As well as these modules I had to complete a 4-day Synoptic Project and produce a Portfolio on the work I had completed in the workplace.
What’s it like working at Plus Accounting?
At Plus Accounting, I assist Vicky King with all things marketing from managing our online presence through social media to content creation to organising and promoting events. I have very much enjoyed my time at Plus Accounting so far as it’s a great place to work. I’ve felt very welcome here from the start and the wellbeing initiatives that are in place show how much the firm cares for its staff. I have been provided with great opportunities to attend events and conferences such as BrightonSEO, Brighton Chamber events on Facebook Ad Campaigns and a Video Day with Jez Kay looking into video for business.
Along with attending business events, I have also had the chance to take part in charitable events as part of the firm’s corporate social responsibility programme. These events include 5-a side football tournaments for Ronald McDonald House and ThoughtShift as well as a Snail Selfie Challenge for Martlets (which I am very pleased to have won with the team).
I started my new role as a Marketing Assistant at Plus Accounting in January 2020. Since then, I have completed a Professional Digital Marketing Level 4 qualification with the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
I look forward to continuing my Digital Marketing career with Plus Accounting.
Author: James Hooper, Digital Marketing Apprentice, Plus Accounting
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