Megan, administrative assistant, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Megan is an administrator, working in pharmacy services. She started her career in the NHS by doing a Modern Apprenticeship. Megan is now doing a Graduate Apprenticeship in Business Management.

"What I like most about my job is that I'm encouraged to use my own initiative and work towards my own goals. I also get opportunity to develop my skills, whether that be communication, organisation or teamwork."

Watch our video to learn more about Megan's careers journey and her career plans for the future.

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.