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This is my journey of how I managed to turn my life around in 3 months;
I didn’t do well in school and I wasn’t the perfect A* student, I would mess around a lot in class which affected my grades greatly and I left school with 2 GCSEs, if I could go back to year 7 and change everything I did wrong, I would.
I thought that college was for me but within two months I realised that it wasn’t. The college that I was attending let me carry on going to my art classes that I had started in September until I had found an apprenticeship. I applied for hundreds of apprenticeships from childcare to a hair stylist. After a while of not getting any replies, my mums colleague had actually seen this apprenticeship being advertised and told my mum about it and she sent me the application on Facebook. I was very hesitant to apply because one of the job roles was to answer the phone and answering/making phone calls to people I don’t know is one of my irrational fears, but I was desperate to find somewhere that I could learn and earn at the same time.
After I applied for the Administration Apprenticeship, I got a call from Sandra asking me to come in for an interview. Eventually, after going into the wrong car park and having to go around the one-way system again to find this place, I got to my interview and I knew from the interview that I may have found the right place for me. Cameron and Sandra liked me so much that they invited me on a 3-day trial and after those 3 days I was convinced that this was right for me! At first, it was very hard for me to start in a workplace with people I didn’t know but everyone here is very welcoming and it was really nice to be somewhere where everyone accepted me for who I am.
When I started here at The Recycled Goods Factory in November 2017, I didn’t expect to be where I am now, if someone had said to me a couple of years ago that I was going to make at least one person proud of me and that I was going to be able to do all these things like answering the phone and doing almost everything on my own without help I would have needed, I wouldn’t have believed them and would’ve told them to be on their way.
This apprenticeship has helped me achieve a lot of things I never thought I could. Everyone here has helped bring me out of my comfort zone, get over some of my irrational fears and overall, make me a better person. I can now make outgoing calls to people I don’t know (with some help still). I couldn’t thank Cameron, Sandra and everyone else who works here enough. If I didn’t apply for the job that scared me the most, I wouldn’t be where I am now.