Monday, 20 July 2015

My Apprenticeship Journey

In October 2014 I took the plunge. I left my comfort zone which was my job at McDonalds, as a crew trainer. I'd been applying for apprenticeships half heartedly with not much luck for a while. I had a few interviews here and there but nothing ever came of them, and to tell the truth I didn’t mind as I was quite happy where I was. I knew what I was doing, I knew the people, and I could work as many or as few hours as I wanted.
I decided enough was enough, and that if I didn’t get out there soon, I would be at McDonalds for the rest of my life. I had no qualifications other than GCSE’s due to having to leave college when I first became ill, so an apprenticeship was the perfect opportunity.
I applied for a Business Administration apprenticeship for a company that sounded interesting, and within the hour the learning provider had contacted me asking if I could attend an initial interview with them. The next day I was off work, so I went to this interview, nervous, and with no idea what to expect.
The lady conducting the interview was absolutely lovely, and told me about the structure of the apprenticeship and about the company I would be working for if this was the role I went into. We ran through why I wanted to be an apprentice, and she thought I would be an excellent candidate for the role. Given that I am a little older than most that go into these sorts of roles, she thought I would be more mature and more suited to the workplace environment.
I attended an interview at the company the next morning, which was very informal. I can’t say everyone’s experience will be like this, as I am based in a small company where everyone is treated more like family than colleagues, however, my interview wasn’t an interview as such. My boss ran through what the company does in more detail and showed me some of the work, which is displayed around the meeting room, and also ran through what my role within the company would be. I left feeling unsure of how I had done, as it wasn’t really like any interview I’d had before.
However, that afternoon I had to go to work, so I went in and kept quiet about what I’d been up to in the morning, just in case nothing came of it, although everyone knew I was looking to leave. I received a phone call around 2pm from the learning provider stating that the company would like to offer me the job and I accepted straight away. I told them the notice period I had to work, and we arranged a starting date for me on 17th November.
My first day, I didn’t know what to expect. I was going into an environment I knew NOTHING about, and I was terrified. However, I was welcomed by Tommy the office dog, and shown my desk, and made to feel right at home.
The first day I was shown around the factory and the rest of the building, and after that all I did was make tea and coffee, and answer the phones, and I was still terrified of doing something terribly wrong! Over the next few weeks I was introduced to more aspects of the business, and made to feel part of the team.
I am now almost 8 months into my apprenticeship and feel very comfortable and fairly confident within my job role. I have learnt so many new skills, and I am thoroughly enjoying myself.
My advice to people is if there is something specific you know you want to do with yourself, or even if you have no clue but you want to gain extra qualifications and be paid for it, you should look into apprenticeships. Not all university degrees can get you a job, whereas if you managed to get yourself an apprenticeship in that field, you’ve already got your foot in the door, and you’re more likely to be hired over the person with the degree if you have actual experience within that environment.

Friday, 17 July 2015

5 Things I Couldn't Live Without

This is a quick post, and it’s the 5 things I couldn’t live without. I’m going to try and decide on some sensible options so here we go:
1.       Apples- I love apples. They are my saviour

1.       Water- recently I’ve been drinking at least 4 bottles a day
1.       Wifi- how else would I write these posts?

1.       Laptop/computer/tablet- anything I can browse the internet on

1.       Phone- I need to communicate with people!

On a side note, my one beauty item I could NEVER live without is something to fill my brows in, as mine are so blonde they’re practically invisible.

I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know what your 5 things are and I’ll see you next time.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Pugfest Birmingham

Hi all, two posts in one night?? I thought I should do this post before it became complete irrelevant...

On the 20th June Richard and I went to Pugfest. If you haven’t heard of it, why not?! It’s incredible. It’s basically a day where you can take your pug/pug cross and meet lots of other pugs and owners, or if you’re like me and pugs just fill you with complete overwhelming happiness, go and spend the day surrounded by hundreds of pugs. They hold them around the country but the one we went to was at Birmingham at The Pavilion.
I thought the outside part of the venue was fabulous, there was lots of open field for people to relax and the dogs to run around play, but the entrance to the inside was very narrow which made it very difficult to navigate.
On to the day itself, we arrived about 12:30pm and were amazed by just how busy it was! We thought it might be quite popular but it was more than I’d ever imagined. There were easily 2000 people and most people had pugs with them. There were stalls selling dog food, beds, clothing etc and also an ice cream van and a food stand. Throughout the day there were little events for the dogs, such as the pug race and the show. The categories were Best Girl, Best Boy, Best Cross, Best Pug, Best Rescue and Best Overall. There were some seriously cute dogs there, and most of them were dressed up in cute little outfits. My favourite were definitely the three Minion pugs (I love Minions they’re just so funny and cute and if you haven’t seen the new film then what are you doing with your life?) Entry was only £3 each (pugs go free) and it’s 5 hours long and if you love dogs or if you have a pug then it is most definitely worth going for. The next one is in Cardiff on 16th August and this one is at an indoor dog walking park.
It’s a really fun day out, and I highly suggest it to anyone (provided you like dogs, of course)

 Let me know if you went along or if you're going to the one in Leicester on 25th October, I'll be there!! See you soon

Favourites- TV Shows

Hi all, I told you I'd be back! 

Today I thought I’d share my TV favourites with you all. This is everything from soaps to series’ that aren’t continued anymore.

My first favourite would have to be Hollyoaks, just for when I want to switch off from the rest of the world and go into my own little bubble. This is brilliant for them times, although Richard can’t seem to keep up with what’s happening from one day to the next.

My other ‘trashy’ programme is Made In Chelsea, although admittedly I’m not currently up to date with it. I just find it so easy to just switch off to and relax, although I’m not addicted to it.

Next up is Bones. I started watching this with my mum when I came out of hospital in 2013, after reading all the books and I am still hooked on it now. I’m so gutted that the next season will be the last one. Also what are they doing, Booth leaving the FBI and Bones leaving the Jeffersonian?? Richard and I started watching it from the very beginning, and sometimes we’d binge watch 3 or 4 in a row!

Hannibal... What can we say about Hannibal? So far this season has been very strange, and hasn’t made much sense at all, yet I still can’t stop watching it! Admittedly, it is on a little late for Richard and I seeing as we have to be up so early for work in the morning so we usually catch up on it on the day after.

And finally, Game Of Thrones!! Best show on TV ever to exist! I only started watching this in May and I managed to watch every single episode by the time the more recent season finished, and I watched the final episode whilst it was actually on TV. I am hooked. Richard always tried to make me watch it and I always said I wouldn’t like it, or it’s not something I would be interested in. One day I caved and now I no longer like him for the heartbreak he has caused me for getting me into the show. One tip for those who haven’t watched it but are thinking about it: don’t have a favourite. The favourites ALWAYS die.

I think I currently have 9 or 10 pre-written posts so I literally have no excuse, all I need to do is take some photos for some of them and upload them!

I'd love for you to share your favourite shows with me and I'll see you again soon!

Friday, 3 July 2015

Very Quick Update

Hi all. I'm back (ish). Just to update you that I'm back and have lots and lots of posts on the way :) thanks for your patience. See you VERY soon