(2 min read) In celebration of the UK National Apprenticeship Week 2019, we are featuring five apprentices from the UK as they share their stories and the program’s positive impact on their lives.
This blog features Max Rickards, a 19 year-old from London currently working as an apprentice at the IBM Southbank office. His role focuses on Media and Design as part of the Junior Management Consultancy pathway. Since joining, he has had the chance to work on two client projects, each focusing in something different.
Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship? Having only been working at IBM for 5 months, I’m still relatively new. When I told people that I had chosen to go down the apprenticeship route, I had an overwhelmingly positive response. Most people said they thought it was a very wise decision. After I received my results, I arranged a month’s internship at Getty Images where I learnt many important workplace skills, which put me in good stead for joining IBM.
University didn’t appeal to me and after researching into IBM I found it was multinational company with great career prospects. I also felt a real benefit to me was the fact that I wouldn’t need to get a student loan and therefore wouldn’t have any debt.
Share with us your memorable experiences as an IBM Apprentice?
My greatest achievement in my apprenticeship so far is reaching the final of a Hackathon with a great team; this involved presenting our ideas to a crowd of around 300 people. During this project I also gained so much experience from client facing interviews which allowed me to build up a great network. I am now on my second project as a visual designer which is something I am particularly interested in and I believe I am making a real difference to the team.
How did you benefit from the apprenticeship experience?
The apprenticeship has provided me with opportunities like these which have given me real responsibility. I would say the biggest benefit of the apprenticeship so far would be the amount of contacts you make just by joining new projects, volunteering for giveback, and attending work socials.
I’d highly recommend an apprenticeship at IBM to anyone, great experience great people, good steady for the future.
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