In August 2011 I’d just completed my first year at Lancaster University and was in London for a work experience placement, when I came across an article in the Guardian. It was headlined:
“Read all about it! Smart boy or girl wanted as apprentice”
Janet Murray, a freelance education journalist was looking for a protegee. Someone to work directly under her helping research, write and interview. It was a huge opportunity for a wannabe journo to be trained on the job and I immediately though; ‘That’s mine.’ Naturally, I applied.
Fast forward a few weeks spent in a constant state of anxiety, two assessment days in Harlow in Essex and a one on one interview with Murray herself. Then I got it. My sister cried, my mum cried, my Twitter followers doubled in the space of an hour – it was a great day. I went back home feeling like my life had finally begun, packed all my things and moved to London.
So here it begins. My apprenticeship ends at the end of June 2012 when I will be a wannabe hack with no degree but plenty of drive, determination and fingers crossed, lots of contacts, a good sized portfolio and tons of hands on experience. I’m going to use this blog to publish all sorts to do with my apprenticeship, my struggles and hopefully some triumphs too. There will be some advice and tips that I hope will help young people to go out and get that dream job. I am a true believer, that if you really really want something and are prepared to do everything in your power to get it – you will. Stay tuned.