Like many young London professionals working in hospitality, I wanted to become an actress. Sadly, my dreams didn’t quite transform into reality, and I worked my way up through the ranks to assistant sales manager at a renowned event restaurant in London. Fast forward to March 2020, I, like many others, was made redundant, and I slowly realised that this was a blessing in disguise, as it gave me time to review what I wanted to do with my life and the sort of career I wanted to carve out for myself.
An apprenticeship was going to be the best way for me to gain invaluable experience working in a PR agency with PR professionals, whilst studying alongside my work to increase my understanding of the role I will be starting a career in.
Apart from the five years of experience I already had working collaboratively with clients, I didn’t have any PR experience, nor did I have the appropriate qualifications (a university degree) to fast track my CV to secure an internship with a PR agency. An apprenticeship was going to be the best way for me to gain invaluable experience working in a PR agency with PR professionals, whilst studying alongside my work to increase my understanding of the role I will be starting a career in. I found the apprenticeship opportunity with PRCA on the government website with a description of Hanover and the work they do in the pharmaceuticals industry. Due to a charitable background and the desire to help people, I thought that this would be a great position for me to work in and, after two interviews and a writing piece, I secured my place as the first PR apprentice at Hanover (YAY).
The apprenticeship has introduced me to a fantastic network of people with the same passion and desires as myself. I have a supportive mentor from PRCA who helps me with any queries I have about the industry, and the coursework I am writing. My team and the Talent team at Hanover have been extremely accommodating and helpful, ensuring me that no question is too silly to ask (I’ll take their word for it). Having the opportunity to prove myself in such a competitive field is something I will be ever grateful for, and I hope to one day give back to Hanover by training and helping other apprentices through the start of their careers.
Hanover’s culture is caring, collaborative and conscientious. I have never worked at a company that takes time away from the business to discuss their employees’ aspirations, progression and overall wellbeing. Social events are always something to look forward to and I can safely say, I have made some friends for life here, which sadly many people can’t say about the people they work with, so I feel very lucky. Directors are never too senior to approach with questions or ideas, building confidence within teams and achieving great things for the business.
Furthermore, it’s great to see Hanover including apprenticeships across the company and not just in communications. University isn’t for everyone but in this day and age, having a university degree on your CV is almost all you need to get your foot in the door, that’s the only way a lot of companies will hire someone. It’s great to see Hanover breaking down this hiring stigma and companies need to embrace other ways to attract talent through apprentices and other services. I hope programmes like the apprenticeship at Hanover open the eyes of more CEOs and businesses.