In the moments leading up to applying/interviewing for any apprenticeship, there are some common fears that almost everyone experiences. We’ve put together the top 5 and ways to overcome them to ensure you’re putting your best foot forward for your future.
- My CV isn’t good enough
The most common fear is probably the one you need to worry about the least. Employers looking for an apprentice will be aware that your experience will be limited to the role you’re applying for – which means you don’t have to panic about what experience you do or don’t have. Instead, aim to pack your CV with lots of information about your personality and why you’d like to do the job you’re applying for; you should also include your favourite hobbies and interests. Find out more about writing a CV.
- I don’t perform well in interviews
It’s natural to be nervous before an interview – and again, employers expect it. To make sure you come across in the best way possible, you should try to be as prepared as possible by planning your outfit, practising answers to common interview questions and putting together a list of your own questions (whether this is about the company itself or about the apprenticeship). Take your time when answering any surprise questions and be honest about your abilities. Follow these tips to make sure you’re prepared for your next interview.
- Other candidates will be more experienced than me
There’s going to be lots of competition going into any interview. Rather than focusing on what the other candidates might have, concentrate on what makes you different, why you want the job and what you can bring to the table if they were to hire you. Personality is half the battle, so making sure you have the right work ethic and passion for the role is just as important and could work in your favour even if you don’t have the same experience as someone else. Apprenticeships include on-the-job training too, so even if you’re not qualified, someone will be there to help guide you through the process.
- What if I decide I’m in the wrong job
It’s possible that you’ll realise the role you’ve applied for isn’t right for you once you get started. What you need to remember is that there’s always room for change and that completing an apprenticeship will look good on your CV, even if you choose not to stay when you finish it. So try not to worry about the ‘what if’ aspect and think about the qualifications, training and experience you can get from completing your apprenticeship.
- I won’t get the chance to progress after an apprenticeship
71% of apprentices are kept on after their course, as employers have put a lot of time and effort into training them. This is the perfect opportunity for you to progress within the company; you’ll also be able to get an idea of your career prospects and your regular reviews will tell you how to continue improving yourself so that you can better your chances of a promotion later on.