Unlike most students, during my college and university days I didn’t have a part-time job so the only real work experience I had were the non-paid placements as part of my course.
This didn’t leave me in a very good position after I graduated (BA Marketing Communications), particularly considering I decided not to take up a career in marketing. At this point I didn’t even know that Apprenticeships for graduates existed!
I always thought they were an alternative to college/sixth-form. I began applying for part-time jobs in hope to build up my work experience, whilst also looking at further study options not including post-grad at university. During this phase I was drawn to an advert by Metropolitan for the role of a Trainee Accountant.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that having an accounting background was not a necessity! What’s more, I’d be able to work towards the CIMA professional qualification – I knew I had to give this a chance and very fortunately I made it.
I couldn’t have asked for a better place to start my career, the support and encouragement I have received from Metropolitan has truly been amazing.
Up until now from my very first day, every person who I have met and worked with has been incredibly patient. This was very important for me as I always feared not being supported enough due to my lack of experience not only because this was my first job but also because I had no accounting knowledge.
From day one I was learning new things every day and my colleagues have been very tolerant guiding me through step by step. Having a mentor to support me throughout my apprenticeship and with whom I could raise any concerns is also a bonus – this was actually unexpected! It is always reassuring and good to have a peace of mind knowing that should I have any troubles, help is there.
The Level 7 Apprenticeship programme provides the minimum requirements but having the extra support from Metropolitan is an advantage.
This includes having study days, time off before and during exams, and expertise support from colleagues who already have the CIMA qualification.
I think it’s extremely important to have this kind of provision as the apprenticeship is a 36 months programme and sitting for professional qualification exams alongside full-time work is not an easy task.
The BPP learning sessions have been really good, and a mentor from BPP checks in to support us through our studies. Having this assistance and backing will help make the journey smooth and enjoyable – without it would make it difficult and demotivating.
The Level 7 Apprenticeship for the accountancy profession has been rolled out for the first time so it is exciting to be one of the first to be on the programme.
Sahil Ibrahim – Trainee Accountant
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