I can confidently say that I don’t think I would be as happy as I am now if I didn’t get this position as a Youth Work Apprentice.
So when I started the apprenticeship, I had a vague idea of what I was getting myself into but now, looking back after two and a half months experience in the position, I didn’t have any clue how vague that understanding really was, how many angles of the youth work sector there are and how many positions and people it takes to keep the organisation running as smoothly as it does.
As soon as I joined the job, every single person welcomed me with open arms and a warm smile. I knew I would feel comfortable from there on in. Now, two and a half months into my position, I’m still finding new things that the job can provide, especially on my journey to find a comfortable and lasting career. New pathways are now opening up in front of my eyes, pathways that I can see myself in a job that I truly love.
My outlook has completely changed on how much youth workers really do and the amount of work they put in to bringing everything together. I’ve been kept busy with a range of different tasks including event planning. The variety within this position and the broad training possibilities gives me a chance to participate in invaluable training courses throughout my apprenticeship. Which will give me certificates that will follow me through the course of my journey with a wealth of knowledge and experience that otherwise wouldn’t have been available to me with any college course or job.
This apprenticeship has given me all the things I could have possibly wished for and then some. I’m sure it will continue to provide me with the knowledge to become an effective and efficient youth worker, guiding me further onto greener pastures and brighter futures. I have yet to decide what road I will follow after my apprenticeship but for now I will keep on enjoying the journey before I get to my destination.
Keep your head up and always look for what makes you happy.