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Q&A with Sufia Yazdjerd as part of National Apprenticeship Week


by Sufia Yazdjerd | 09 March 2018

As part of National Apprenticeship Week we decided to sit down with a few of our own apprentices to talk about their journey and what apprenticeships mean to them. Here we talk to Apprentice Administrator Sufia Yazdjerd.

Why did you decide to take the role as apprentice administrator at Sellick Partnership?
I researched heavily into the type of company I wanted to work for. I knew I wanted to work somewhere that would have a real interest in me and my development and Sellick Partnership ticked that box. Not only did they explain fully the career path I could take throughout the interview process, they were totally open and honest with me at every step and gave me a great indication of how they could assist me in developing my career in recruitment. 

Why did you decide to take the apprenticeship route?
When I finished my A-Level exams, some of my friends were heading off to university. However, that never really appealed to me. I looked at other options and came across Sellick Partnership and their apprenticeship scheme. The scheme was attractive and I knew it would give me hands-on experience from an established company whilst earning a salary from day one. After researching more into what apprenticeships involved I was certain that it was the right route for me and that it would give me the opportunity to kick start my career. 

Tell me about your first few weeks as an apprentice.
The first few days were spent learning about Sellick Partnership and its procedures as well as helping the sales team with general administrative tasks. It was really useful as it helped me get an understanding of the volume of work the recruitment consultant’s deals with and how the various teams work together. Now I am supporting the sales team with their day-to-day tasks, which is very varied. I have been assisting with writing and posting job adverts, supporting the preparation of upcoming events, dealing with candidate queries and preparing candidate CVs. This is giving me an excellent insight into recruitment, and is allowing me to strengthen the skills I will need to progress to a sales role once my apprenticeship is complete.

Where do you hope your apprenticeship will lead to?
At the end of my 12 month apprenticeship with Sellick Partnership I will have gained a Level Three in business administration. I really hope this leads to a permanent job at Sellick Partnership. The team here are so experienced and knowledgeable, and I would love to continue learning from them so I can build my career in recruitment. Starting this way is giving me a great understanding and base to be able to do that. From here I would like to progress to a resourcing role where I will be more candidate facing, and then all going well move into a sales role when I am ready.

What are you enjoying most about your apprenticeship? 
The opportunities and the people I am getting to work with at Sellick Partnership are real highlights for me. Sellick Partnership is an industry leading recruitment firm and the recruitment specialists that I am learning from are so knowledgeable in their specialist areas. Also, each member of the team here is 100 percent behind the apprenticeship programme – some have even been through the process themselves. Having that support is great and really gives you an added push to do well.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about applying for an apprentice role?
It is really important that you do your homework and properly research your options. I hardly found any information on apprenticeships at college so I had to go and research myself. It is a big decision and can often be difficult, especially if a lot of your friends are going to university and enjoying the student lifestyle. However, on the flipside, an apprenticeship provides a recognised qualification in addition to invaluable practical experience. I am now on my way to developing my future career, and it is very exciting. An apprenticeship might not be for everyone but I have no regrets about not going to university.

For more information on how an apprenticeship could be the route for you check out the apprenticeship section of our blog using the link below. Apprenticeships