The life of a Cloud apprentice
Between August 2014 and July 2015, just over 110,000 young people started on apprenticeships in London and the South East across a range of sectors. As may be the case with many of them, I had just completed my first year of 6th Form and was looking at universities for higher education. However, I had started to realise that the theory based learning model of university did not fit with my style of working – which was & still is very much practical-based. This led me to reconsider my approach…
A different approach
Through discovering the IT apprenticeship offered by a RedPixie partner, Baltic Training Services, I found that this opportunity would allow me to continue my development with a mix of theory and practical learning alongside gaining invaluable experience. I had no hesitation that this was the best route for me, and quickly proceeded.
As part of my apprenticeship I have undertaken a range of courses both with Baltic & Microsoft. These exams range from IT soft-skills (Project Management, Client Communication & Service Desk Support) to technical exams (in Office 365, Windows 8.1 and Exchange Server).
On top of the apprenticeship, I took a number of other exams which has led me to become a MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) in Office 365. As part of my further development, I am working towards becoming an MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert).
Experiencing the industry
The apprenticeship has allowed me to work with some of the most talented and experienced IT and Cloud professionals, gain invaluable hands-on experience and learn best practices from my colleagues.
From where I stand this was, and still is, without a doubt a great path into my profession. It allows one to continue learning while getting hands-on experience in the career you’re interested in, and lets you build on the excitement and enthusiasm.
Over the course of my year with Cloudamour [now RedPixie] as an apprentice, I have worked on and managed projects for a range of companies from 3 users all the way through to 400+ users. I have helped deliver a diverse range of projects including a full infrastructure refresh for an accountancy firm to managing & delivering an Exchange to Office 365 migration for a leading Architectural Glazing firm based in North London.
A year on from starting at Cloudamour in February 2015, I am now moving into my new role as a consultant within the Desktop and Devices practice of one of Europe’s largest Microsoft partners and working towards delivering large and innovative projects for some of the UK and Europe’s largest organisations – through transforming their processes and infrastructure.
If there was one piece of advice that I would give to any apprentice starting out either in IT or across any sector is that you should make sure you apply yourself to the best of your ability and find yourself an employer that works for you and makes you feel at home and part of the team.
I look forward to seeing what the next 12 months bring!