A day in the life of an Apprentice: MyKindaFuture's Evin Yalcin

A day in the life of an Apprentice: MyKindaFuture's Evin Yalcin

Tuesday, 6th of March

A day in the life of an Apprentice: MyKindaFuture's Evin Yalcin

Hello, hello!

I have recently completed my Digital Marketing Apprenticeship and can easily say that I have come a LONG, LONG way (you’ll see what I mean below). An apprenticeship is honestly the best thing I have ever done – it unlocked a side of me that I hadn’t met before (my manager saw this ‘light’ in me before I did, and I’m grateful that she brought it out). I have learned more on the job than I had in my whole 10+ years of education. I am also excited to tell you that an apprenticeship can lead to permanent employment (I am living proof of this). I went from Digital Marketing Apprentice ‘the baby of the office’ LOL to now Marketing Executive and Community Manager, still 'the baby of the office' though, i'm not complaining, haha!

Enough babbling, here’s a typical day in the life of an Apprentice at MyKindaFuture (then - first days vs now - post apprenticeship)

Then

9 am: Walk into the office – forgotten my pass at home, again. Time to sort out daily to-do list. I say sorting, but, in all reality, my manager did this for me, as I didn’t have a clue on time management. Slightly lacking in that department.

Now

9 am: Already in the office – wait for outlook to start up, oh, at least I haven’t forgotten my pass this time. Time to sort out my daily to-do list. I am proud to say that I can finally manage my team efficiently and have a clear list of daily tasks, weekly tasks, two-weekly tasks and monthly tasks – all by myself (ok, ok, a little help from my manager when there is an overflow of tasks) PROGRESS!

Then

11 am: my manager asked me to bring her the ‘white paper’. Why on earth is she calling normal paper ‘white paper’? What is that all about? Little did I know, ‘a white paper’ isn’t actually ‘white paper’ it’s a report.

Now

11 am: 2 years ago, I didn’t know what a white paper was and now I am responsible for designing our quarterly reports and infographics. I am currently designing our 5th report.

Then

1 pm: Just got back in from my lunch break. Time to schedule some social media posts – of course, I will need to show my manager a few hundred times before I am actually allowed to post. Hootsuite – what on earth is this monstrosity? How do I work this damn thing? Work, work, work, please?

Now

1 pm: I am in charge of all social media posts (do not need to show my manager a few hundred times now before I post yaaay). I finally know how to manage Hootsuite and use social media across 6 different accounts. Piece of cake.

Then

3 pm: Ask my manager a million and one questions. JUST to be sure, you know? – talk about confidence issues, YIKES. “Em, how do I…” “Em where is…” “Em, so you want me to do…” "EM! Save me!"

Now

3 pm: Now, my manager asks me a million and one questions: “Ev, do you know where this report is?”, “Ev, can you show me how to do this?” etc. It’s a very rewarding feeling to actually be able to answer, with confidence, because I know exactly what I’m talking about and in this case, I knew where the report was.

Then

5.30 pm:
End of the day now. I have no clue what will be waiting for me tomorrow morning (tasks wise) I’ll find out in the meeting with my manager tomorrow morning.

Now

5:30 pm: I know exactly what is waiting for me tomorrow morning, every day for the next few weeks/months even! I am prepared.

 

As you can see from the above, I have come a long way in terms of my personal development. My confidence has grown significantly and I now know my work, and the way my office works, like the back of my hand. When I started an apprenticeship, I was quite scared, to be honest, I thought I’d be only making tea and coffee and stuff – to my surprise I was actually thrown into the deep end (with the support of my manager) and was helping to organise an event from day one. I also thought that I would be the only one to learn on the job but surprisingly, I also helped my colleagues learn, too (mainly design work)! I also thought I’d be looked down upon but actually, I was the ‘company baby’ and everyone loved me like they were my parents! Instantly, I knew, this is exactly what I wanted to do. Finally, I was home, where I really belonged.

Comments

Latest Tweets

Facebook Friends