The main motivator for choosing an apprenticeship over university was: an apprenticeship allows me to gain real world skills from a range of experienced professionals within the business. Universities on the other hand only offer a handful of lectures who may have been out of the real world industry for quite some time. Also, Direct Line Group are the top insurer within the UK who do consistently well and they're a household name. I knew the business would have a range of experienced Project Managers who could help me develop my skills within the profession.
This role requires a lot of communication between different stakeholders within the business and outside the business, you are required to set up time with the different stakeholders discussing the project. Overall I’m much more confident when speaking to different stakeholders within the business. I’ve also developed my knowledge on the project world; building an understanding of how a successful project is run from start to finish and the different aspects of a project life cycle. Moreover, I have been able to put these skills into practise which has allowed me to develop my skills even more progressively.
I feel like it's important to strive for progression not perfection, especially whilst an apprentice. Of course mistakes are going to happen but it's fine. I never let my mistakes demotivate me, it's important to make mistakes as this is how we learn; progress is continuous and gets better with time.
Another key motivator is you want to see the project you've been working on put into practice, it's amazing to see your own work implemented into the business. You almost think to yourself 'I helped do that' which is such an amazing feeling and definitely a key motivator!
Don't forget the Project Manager course is an APM qualification, which is nationally recognised and will allow you to develop your skills in Project Management and gain real world experience within the business environment – all the while being supported by highly trained professionals that help me develop my skills at a pace that’s tailored to you. Think about it if you start your apprenticeship when you're 18, by the time you're 25 you will have 7 years experience within the job role, that'd be unheard of if you decided to go to university; you may have a degree but employers look for experience within the specific role.
Along with the successful running of my own project at the early stages of my career, I also managed to achieve the prestigious PRINCE2 qualification ( Project management methodology qualification). After just four and half months at DLG I was able to achieve this, which I think is a great achievement and it just shows what you can do if you work hard!
Direct Line Group
Direct Line Group is an organisation with a clear mission: to make insurance much easier and better value for customers. We're one of the leading motor, home and small business insurers in the UK. We’re home to some of the nation’s best-known brands, including Direct Line, Churchill, Privilege, Green Flag and NIG.
If you share our vision and are ready to take the lead with us, apply now or visit directlinegroupcareers.com for more information.