It’s Scottish Apprenticeship Week! This week, we will be sharing the stories of young apprentices working throughout Scotland to celebrate the opportunities available to young people, and the young people who shine in these positions!
Nineteen-year-old Sara is from Edinburgh, and works for the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) as a Human Resources Modern Apprentice. A Modern Apprenticeship gives people the chance to work, earn and learn, undertaking industry-accredited learning while they’re in a full-time job – and it’s letting Sara work towards her dream of being an HR manager.
Which young Scot inspires you?
Each and every individual that has taken part in My Story 365. Young people do not hear often enough that they are doing a good job. Seeing so many wonderful people being nominated for this project for their work is incredible. It amazes me that so many individuals are trying to make a difference.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
I would say that one of the greatest parts of growing up in Scotland is that we are privileged enough to take part in free education, and after high school there are many paths that can be taken, such as university, college and Modern Apprenticeships like mine. There are so many opportunities for young people to become successful. We need to remember that we are constantly growing as individuals and our development doesn’t stop.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
Often, individuals from older generations see young people as lacking, selfish and lazy. I would like people to see that no two people are the same! We all have different goals and paths in life and that is something we all need to remember. Being successful has a different meaning to everyone personally.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date is getting into my Modern Apprenticeship with SQA in the summer of 2016. At my interview, I stated that my career goal is to work within the Human Resource Directorate and I have successfully been within my role as an HR Modern Apprentice for just under 18 months.
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
My current career goal is to become a HR Manager before turning 30. Prior to accepting the offer for my Modern Apprenticeship, I had accepted a HND in Human Resource Management, however I declined this offer once I received my offer of employment from SQA. By becoming an HR Manager, it would mean that my hard work has paid off as I had started employment within this directorate at the age of 18. This is the career path I have chosen prior to leaving school and I continue to grow in a personal and corporate manner every day.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
Keep working hard and take all negative feedback as a learning curve! Within my Modern Apprenticeship I have applied for jobs within my own team and have not been successful, however I took the negative feedback and it helped me become better at my job in a way that I was able to help train new members of staff. Just because one opportunity passes you by, it doesn’t mean that another one won’t appear when you don’t expect it.
If Sara’s story has inspired you, why not share it on social media using the hashtag #MyStory365 or visit the ‘Get Involved’ section to share your own story!