When it comes to finding work, a majority of roles are situated in offices. A lot of the time office work is seen as a dull, un-interesting and soul draining like you see in films and TV shows; but in the real world, that is not the case. An office environment can be very beneficial for apprentices in a number of different ways, so I’m going to explain 5 reasons why an apprenticeship in an office environment is so beneficial.
Friendly Environment and Team Building
At the start of an apprenticeship, one of the most important things is being able to communicate effectively and get along with other team members. An office based job is perfect in being able to get to know each member, what their roles are and how they can help you in your apprenticeship. This can help build a friendly work based relationship whether they be your employer or team member, and make your work experience that more enjoyable. From this you will able to communicate well in teams and bring the best you can to the business and give the best service to customers and clients.
Communication and Interpersonal skills
Communication in any job position is vital whether your completing an apprenticeship or in a full time role. With almost every business around the world communication over the phone, email and social media being able to relay information is important to make the company run smoothly. An Apprenticeship role in an office environment is a great way to learn these skills; whether you do this by shadowing a colleague, Par-taking in role play or just listening in to calls. Interpersonal skills are another skill that can be improved when working in an office. If you’re someone who can be a little shy, or struggle a times to get a message across clearly, talking with colleagues and employer on a regular basis can help with your confidence and employability skills.
Learn more about the company/Networking
Anyone can learn the basics about a company just by looking online. But being able to understand how the company runs, their work ethic and/or beliefs can only be done by working with those in the business. This step is important for any apprentice to understand what their role is, and how they fit into the business. While learning about the company, there is also the opportunity to be involved in networking. By getting to know those who you work with, they can introduce you to others whether they work with the office, or are a client. This an also be achieved by attending (3) events and conferences where you can have the chance to speak with employers and businesses about work, opportunities or even just to have a friendly chat.
Great work / life balance
One of the great things about an office based apprenticeship is that you can balance your work and personal life much more easily. A majority of apprenticeship and work based roles are 9 to 5 Monday to Friday – meaning that you have both evenings and the weekend to do what you want to do. By have a steady routing it isn’t just great to organise you time in and out of work, but is great for your health too. Having evenings and weekends gives you time to relax, have time to wind down and relief stress. Yet you work life can also merge in with your social life too. Businesses all over the country partake in events and parties for their employees, from a trip to a local bar for a drink to large parties and events such as the Christmas do. Here you can get to know those at work in a more personal level and even find friendships.
Move up the business
A great advantage of starting your career in an office based role is the chance to move up the business. Though it takes a lot of work and dedication, apprenticeships help you to gain the experience needed to help you move up the career ladder. Whether you decide to stay with the business or move on, the skills you gain throughout the apprenticeship will help you improve your transferable skills. From here you can build on what you know, move to a different departments and aim for higher positions within the business. No matter where you are; a law firm, digital marketing or recruitment agency, these skills will help you to achieve goals and get you to your dream career.