Well, a lot has happened since my previous blog! First things first, I have passed my NVQ! I needed to pass this in order for me to complete the first stage of the academic side to my apprenticeship. This means I am now officially have a Level 3 Advanced Business & Administration National Vocational Qualification. My portfolio was assessed and I received compliments for how obvious it was that I had taken a great level of ownership with my work. This came as a massive relief, along with a great sense of pride.
I have since begun studying for my first IOC. This is the second stage of the academic side to my apprenticeship. As it is the first time I have had to study in over a year, I found it a little tricky in getting back into the swing of it. Now that the studying is well under way, I am really enjoying it! I often find myself struggling to put the book down. I have yet to book my exam as I want to be 100% ready and confident going into it, but I will keep you updated when I do.
Also since my last blog, I have started my third department. I am now the Dividend Apprentice. I am working in the offshore part of Dividends, which I am really pleased about. It is the first opportunity I've had to work with any offshore element to Rathbones and my knowledge has increased greatly as a result of it. I am currently processing equity's and will eventually move onto processing unit trusts, as they are far more complex. I believe it won’t be long before I'm in a competent position within Dividends and I look forward to being in such a position.
So you might agree, there is a lot that has happened in the last month. I am open to seeing what other changes come my way...