Pro­file: Belinda Dick­ins. Age: 20

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPECIAL FEATURE -

I de­cided to be­come a jour­nal­ism ap­pren­tice af­ter spend­ing 15 months at univer­sity study­ing a com­pletely un­re­lated course. I wasn’t en­joy­ing the course it­self, but also we only spent two days in univer­sity a week. This wasn’t enough to keep me as busy as I would like, so I made the de­ci­sion to leave and pur­sue an­other in­ter­est of mine: jour­nal­ism. I wanted to stay in ed­u­ca­tion and thought an ap­pren­tice­ship would be per­fect, to be given the op­por­tu­nity to learn while gain­ing rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ence - and get­ting paid. There are so many more op­por­tu­ni­ties to meet peo­ple through the ap­pren­tice­ship and to ex­pe­ri­ence things that I wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily have been able to in full time ed­u­ca­tion. I like that I am able to learn from peo­ple who have been in the pro­fes­sion for many years and I feel like a valu­able mem­ber of the team, al­ready hav­ing work pub­lished. I love the bal­ance be­tween the aca­demic and prac­ti­cal side and I am given the time and sup­port needed to learn how to do ev­ery­thing. It is amaz­ing that ev­ery day I am ex­cited to come to work and can’t wait to see what I will be do­ing and learn­ing that day! It is great work­ing with other ap­pren­tices be­cause we can sup­port each other and if I don’t know some­thing, one of the oth­ers is likely to. I would rec­om­mend an ap­pren­tice­ship to any­one who is mo­ti­vated and would like to work along­side their ed­u­ca­tion - and just have lots of fun.

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