By: Scarlett Wilson, Digital Marketing Executive @ Bubble Jobs
If you’ve just finished school or college, then you might be thinking about starting an apprenticeship. There are lots of different subjects to choose from, and one of those is a digital apprenticeship. It can be pretty scary to start with as you may not have had any office experience before, never mind digital expertise but don’t worry!
The whole point of a digital apprenticeship is to build up your knowledge from a beginner’s level – so don’t think that you’re going to be chucked in the deep end straight away. Employers are looking for someone that has a passion for the industry – so if you love all things digital then this could be the right choice for you!
Don’t know where to start? Well I’ve come up with five handy tips to help you bag yourself a digital apprenticeship!
1. Create A Digital CV
If you want to get yourself a digital apprenticeship then you need to send over a CV to prove that you’ve got what it takes. I know this might be a bit daunting because at this stage you probably don’t have that much experience under your belt but employers understand this.
They know that you’re not going to be a digital expert – what they want to know though is that you’ve got potential to thrive within the job role. Keep reading if you want some more handy tips on what to include on your CV.
2. Think About Your Transferable Skills
So you probably read the last paragraph and thought “well I haven’t got any digital skills to put on my CV” – but you will have gained skills without even realising it! Have you been part of club that requires team work at school/college? Have you had a part time job where you’ve had to communicate and use sales techniques?
Most digital roles require you to work within a team of people and you also need to communicate with both your team and your customers. See how I did that? Have a good think about what you’ve done in the past and how your skills/previous experience can relate to digital.
3. Do Your Research
Anyone that has looked at digital apprenticeships will agree with me when I say there’s a lot of information, and it’s not exactly the easiest to understand but it’s really important for you to know what you’re signing up for. You’ll find advice online from people that have done the hard work for you, and frameworks that break down what exactly you need for each apprenticeship. If you’re struggling, have a look at Bubble’s Digital Career Portal which has a lot of helpful digital apprenticeship advice.
4. Get Some Experience
The apprenticeship market is pretty competitive, so if you’re struggling, try and get yourself some work experience. Contact local businesses and send over your digital CV – it could be that they can only offer you a week worth of experience, but it’s still extra experience to pop on your CV.
It also shows potential employers that you’re dedicated to getting a digital apprenticeship, which could really help you stand out from other candidates that are applying.
5. Make Sure You Haven’t Made Any Grammar Mistakes
So you’ve got your CV in tip top shape and made sure you’ve got lots of details and some previous experience in there. Before you send it off, make sure you have a good look through it and check you haven’t made any grammar mistakes.
If you’re feeling a bit uncertain, get someone to have a look through it for you – they might spot something that you haven’t. Employers will be disappointed by a CV if you’ve made silly mistakes that could have easily been avoided – it just looks a little lazy – so be careful!
So there you go, some tips to help you bag a digital apprenticeship!
Author Bio: Scarlett Wilson is a Keele University graduate and is currently working as a Digital Marketing Executive for Bubble Jobs – a niche digital jobs board that specialises in advertising digital, ecommerce, media and marketing jobs from the UK’s top brands. Follow her on Twitter: @Scarlett278 or find out more about Bubble Jobs at http://www.bubble-jobs.co.uk/