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Meet the Apprentice - Keeley Parkes

Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship?

I wanted the hands-on experience as I learn more through doing than just listening so university did not appeal to me as much. I didn't want the student debt or the stress of a large workload. I wanted to start working and get my foot in the door to begin developing skills and experience to pursue a career with a supportive company.

What's great about working at Ashfords?

Definitely the people and the environment! When I first started working at Ashfords, I was very overwhelmed but my team were incredibly welcoming. As an Apprentice I am always learning. My department will always make time to explain tasks or particular areas of law and encourage me to ask questions. Ashfords as a whole cares for all employees, particularly their health and well-being. We have a free gym on-site available to everyone, as well as yoga classes and free fruit available every day.

What advice would you give to someone looking for / applying for an apprenticeship?

Make sure that you research  different apprenticeships to ensure you choose the right one for you. There are so many options for apprenticeships now so do not limit yourself! It is important that you have a good understanding of what you are entering into, as well as making sure you are going to genuinely enjoy it.

What are the differences between school life and office life?

School life is very structured; you stick to your timetable for lessons and lectures, and are taught everything you need to know which can become very competitive.  In an office, you are given a lot more independence. You learn how to manage your own workload and which ways of learning and working suit you. Through independence, you also gain a lot more responsibility for yourself, your work and your deadlines. I believe you develop more practical skills as a result of the office environment.

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