How to balance an apprenticeship with a full time job
We sat down with our much-loved Wizu Account Assistant, Ola, to find out how she balances her full time role alongside studying for her accountancy apprenticeship (even in the midst of a pandemic!) and how she’s developed her role to better suit her passions.
Hey Ola! Firstly, tell us about your career journey so far?
Before joining Wizu initially as a Member Host, I actually worked in the hospitality industry. It was a really enjoyable role and it gave me the opportunity to further my experience in customer service.
And before that? I actually worked as an accountant in Poland! When I moved to England I faced some language barriers when it came to how the law is described, which is why I initially went on a different career path.
What made you decide to work at Wizu?
Good vibes!! Haha it was a few things that made me want to work with the team.
What I really loved about Wizu was that they were the first employer to actually ask me about my book keeping and accountancy experience back in Poland. They were curious about how I could further develop those skills and it felt like they really took personal development seriously, which is so important to me too.
I also liked the way people were able to progress into areas they were interested in – Wizu essentially let’s you develop your skills across multiple areas – rather than boxing you into a rigid role!
How did the apprenticeship come about?
After an initial chat about where I saw my career developing, and explaining my passion for finance, I was offered the opportunity to work as a Member Host at Wizu whilst improving my accountancy knowledge with an apprenticeship. This would allow me to learn the UK terminology and laws whilst understanding the business – so it was an ideal opportunity! Eventually, as my skills developed, I moved into the Account Assistant role that I have currently.
How do you balance working full time with learning your apprenticeship?
Routine really helps. Keeping to a regular study time so that you’re less tempted to procrastinate. For me it’s when I get home from work, and of course I get opportunity to study through the working day too.
It also helps to set various smart goals to keep yourself motivated. So for example my year goal is to complete the first level of the apprenticeship, and my monthly goal includes learning a certain amount of material.
You do need a lot of patience and support from your employer, and Wizu has been able to offer this which was definitely helped!
I would also recommend creating some accountability – reporting back to colleagues on progress, telling people when your exam is so they can nudge you if you’re not studying!
What advice would you give to someone thinking about doing an apprenticeship?
After recently passing my first exam I would say; have patience! Don’t give up – it definitely gets easier when you get into the routine of studying. And make sure you have your supporters both at home and at work who will help keep you motivated (and bring accountability!).
Where do you see yourself in the future?
Now that Wizu has given me the strength and confidence to develop my skills, I do see myself as being able to progress into an accountancy position – hopefully your future Finance Manager at Wizu!
Huge thanks to Ola, we can’t wait to see her career progress even further!
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