Joining Vodafone as an apprentice has been the best thing that has happened to me. Before joining I wasn’t really going anywhere. I was living in Cumbria and doing the typical things a teenage guy does.
I had started doing AS levels but dropped out as they weren’t for me and I struggled to get my head down. I have always preferred to be hands on and found study just wasn’t for me. I was working in a minimum wage job in a zoo as a train driver taking people around the zoo, I enjoyed the job and the people I worked with and met, but it there wasn’t enough science in the job for me and I couldn’t see any prospects for a career.
It was time for a change – My Dad knew I wasn’t happy in this job or with my prospects in Cumbria for a meaningful career so suggested I looked at the Vodafone Apprenticeship programme as he had seen an advert for one of the jobs. I did a bit of digging around and found the Level 3 Apprenticeship scheme and was instantly attracted to the thought of playing with new tech and the inner nerd got excited.
I have always loved physics and science as a whole and always liked taking things apart to see how they work.
Since joining Vodafone , its changed my life, not only have I relocated over 350 miles to Newbury to join but its changed me and my life. I have just run my first half marathon and regularly go out running. Better ways of working really helps here as sometimes I finish early and it means that I can go for a run before it gets too dark and too wet. I often have a run and then log back on and plan the following day so I am prepared and ready to go. I’m so much happier and healthier than I have ever been before and think it’s showing in my confidence.
The bits I love the most are telling people “I fix the internet” which in a way I do, as a Field Engineer I am responsible for fixing faults on our fibre network and configuring and installing equipment to get the best from our networks.
I have loved learning about the Cloud at college and getting to put this into practice at work. Knowing why you are doing things always helps as it gives you more purpose.
Seeing how much Vodafone has helped me change it’s given me the confidence and want to help others as well. I have made the most of Giving Something Back and have volunteered at a number of places already. One of the days was spent painting and decorating a home in Westminster for people who require 24 hour care. It was so rewarding to be able to help others and I also got to know people within my team better as well.
I am looking forward to finding out what this year’s Big Bold Challenge will be and i am hoping it will be a triathlon again. I have never trained for a Triathlon before and I like the idea of pushing myself even more, whilst also taking part with a whole bunch of Vodafone people to help raise money and support charity.
Work wise, I want to keep learning and then putting it into practice. I love what I do and want to keep doing it.