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!
Murray is 20 years old and lives in Falkirk. He’s currently in the first year of a Graduate Apprenticeship, a programme which lets people work towards university-level learning while working and earning a wage. Murray attends Edinburgh Napier University one day a week, where he’s working towards a degree in IT Management for Business, alongside his full-time role a Aegon UK in Edinburgh.
Which young Scot inspires you?
Not so much a ‘young’ Scot any more, but someone that inspires me is Andy Murray. To achieve what he has after countless failures and media pressure is a fantastic achievement and proves that by never giving up you really can do anything you want to.
What is the best thing about growing up in Scotland?
Facilities in Scotland, such as leisure facilities, libraries and access to community clubs. When you think about it, young people in Scotland have it quite lucky, as these things can’t be accessed everywhere in the world! I think it’s easy to take this for granted, but when looking back on my childhood, it makes you realise how lucky we are compared to some other countries.
What would you most like people from older generations to know about young people?
Just not to underestimate young people or look down on them because they are young. When you start working at a young age like I did, you can sometimes get the impression that your views on certain subjects are irrelevant but in actual fact, you have as much input as anyone.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement to date would have to be moving roles within my job and to be given the opportunity to go to do the Graduate Apprenticeship. I started working full-time when I was 16, and in my head my studies were finished. However, the Graduate Apprenticeship vacancy opened up internally, which I applied for knowing that my school qualifications might hold me back. This was not the case though, as my job experience was taken into account and I got the job!
What would you most like to achieve in the future?
I would like to continue moving up the ladder within Aegon. Once I have completed my degree at university it wold be great to focus down a certain line of work – by the end of the four-year course I will have a clearer idea of what that will be! This would mean so much to me, as constantly progressing my knowledge gives me great motivation and also a great sense of achievement.
What message would you like to give to other young people in Scotland?
My biggest advice would be to ensure you have a good work ethic. When I was in my later stages of school, I was disinterested in exams, so made the decision to leave school and start working. I came into the workplace with an attitude of wanting to do well, and in my opinion, that can be one of the best ways to mature people. Looking back, it was one of the best decisions in my life.
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