My name is Megan. I started off as a Modern Apprentice in 2017, within pharmacy services in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Once I finished that, I then went on to my Graduate Apprenticeship within business management, which gets me a qualification of degree level within four years.
I first heard about the Graduate Apprenticeship from my business manager. I was actually looking for possibly to go part-time, to do further education outwith work, but my business manager suggested actually applying through this so that I can still work full-time and get my degree at the same time.
I organise my time between work and study by studying about fifteen hours a week outwith work. That's at night times and weekends, but my work also give me half a day a week within work time to carry out any modules or essays that need to be completed.
As part of the Graduate Apprenticeship, I attend university one day a month. When I started the apprenticeship, I read a lot into to what was expected of me. I knew that I would have to do a lot of reading and that it would be about fifteen hours of my own time outwith work, so I had quite good knowledge on what I was supposed to do before I applied.
What I like most about my job is that I'm encouraged to use my own initiative and work towards my own goals, so I can set my own personal goals and deadlines, as long as I meet them. I also get opportunity to develop my skills, whether that be communication, organisation or teamwork.
The parts of my job that I find the most challenging are that I do have a heavy workload.
So, on top of the Graduate Apprenticeship, I do have a lot of deadlines within work. It's just managing this and trying to get into a routine of being organised.
The advice I would give to others thinking of applying to an apprenticeship is to go for it.
I applied for the Modern Apprenticeship, which eased me into the job because I've never had experience before, so I think this was a great way to get started while you're working, so you're working and learning at the same time. I then got the opportunity to go for the Graduate Apprenticeship, which again, I think will be worth it, even though it is a lot of work.
Once I finish my Graduate Apprenticeship, my future career goals are to work my way into a senior management role. I also would like to stay with the NHS, but having the degree will give me opportunities to move to different parts of the NHS using business.