And for the first post of the year, please welcome a new face to the team – Avtar Marway. Avtar joined us at the end of last year, and has written up his thoughts on joining the Apprenticeship scheme, which you can read below. Avtar has the privilege of being the first author published on this blog in 2015, and also of marking the old ways of doing things. As of February, the IBM Apprentice blog will be looking a little different – we will be running blog miniseries, each kicked off by a senior IBMer, and then running through all the authors on the same topic. This way you will get some idea of the breadth of life in IBM and how a single topic can be lived and perceived many different ways. We are sure this will be an extremely exciting year for us on the blog, and we hope you continue to follow us and read more.
And now, without any further ado … Avtar Marway:
Hey! My name’s Avtar Marway and this is my first post on the IBM Apprentice Blog!
I joined the IBM Apprentice scheme in September 2014 and I’m currently working for a large banking client; as a performance tester.
In this blog, I’m going to talk about my thoughts and feelings that I’ve had since I started at IBM as an apprentice.
During my life, I’ve watched my family, friends and relatives all depart home to study at University and I thought I would have to follow the tradition of going to University. In my second year of 6th Form I decided to apply to university and applied through UCAS where I ended up receiving offers from all of the universities that I applied to! The social life, social interaction and tradition were the main attributes luring me to go to University. On the other hand, I didn’t think university was for me – as I didn’t think that I was best suited for the method of learning that University offers – and I didn’t want to come out of University without a job guaranteed. So I spoke with my Dad and Uncle and they told me that I should apply for an apprenticeship. My uncle highly recommended that I apply to the IBM apprenticeship; so I did and here I am now.
Since I started the scheme at IBM, I’ve had a lot of positive thoughts and very little negative thoughts. When I first started my project, I didn’t know many people and felt jealous of my friends who had been posting images and videos of their “University Freshers Week” via Snapchat and Facebook. It made me feel like I should’ve gone to university and gave me doubts about the apprenticeship scheme. I felt this way for a few days until I realised that every single person feels this way – whether it’s getting or joining a job/account, college, school or anything else. I understood that everyone has to make new friends and that it wasn’t just me who felt this way.
I then started to socialise with a lot more people and became more confident in inviting people out to meals as well as social events. I started to appreciate that I had got into a company as fantastic as IBM where support was given in all directions. I had support from ‘IBM buddies’, apprentices, grads, managers and other IBM employees to complete tasks, as well as with other issues. I spent most weekends socialising with my friends and family and I was really happy. My friends and family members who were at University were worried about having enough money to last them through the rest of the semester as well as being able to hand in assignments on time. I didn’t have to worry about any of these things which made my life easier.
My role then kicked off and I have become very busy! I made sure that I was still socialising with friends after work as well as keeping up to date with work. After a few weeks of starting my role, I started to enjoy the lifestyle. I was working hard, learning and getting paid at the same time then having dinner, playing football, bowling etc with other apprentices, grads and employees working on the Account.
That’s my journey so far. I started off the apprenticeship by having doubts, being jealous, worried about my life and whether I had made the right decision on not going to University. My feelings then became more positive as I started to realise that each and every single person experiences being new and not knowing anybody. This realisation altered my thoughts and feelings about the apprenticeship scheme and I started to enjoy and appreciate my apprenticeship and IBM even more.
I’ve learnt more about life and being independent through the apprenticeship scheme than I feel I would’ve at university. As well as this, I feel that the hands on approach to learning is much better for me.
My current thoughts and feelings for the IBM Apprenticeship Scheme are positive and I hope they remain this way throughout the rest of my apprenticeship and rest of my IBM career. 🙂