An apprenticeship is the ideal learning environment for any person eager to advance his or her profession. Unlike an internship or an entry-level position, the standards set during an apprenticeship provide for value generation and rapid development. However, it isn't enough for your company to hire you and set the platform for your success at their company. You are ultimately in command of the end result!
Extensively research the apprenticeship program you are thinking of entering
Do your homework on the apprenticeship you're considering and be sure you'll like the work. Nobody wants to work in a job they don't enjoy, so take some time to ensure that you will. A good way to do this is to ask some of the people doing the apprenticeship what they like and dislike about it. If you don't know anyone who is doing it, ask your friends to find someone who can tell you first hand.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Don't be passive. Active participation will increase your learning capacity and cast you in a positive light with your colleagues and management. Questions are strong indicators that show your genuine interest in the apprenticeship and eventually a long-term career. The more you show your interest in the apprenticeship, the more likely it is that you will get accepted into the ability to hire in as a full-time employee towards a successful long-term career because they show you are willing to learn from others. Further, they indicate you have growth mindset and are continually looking to learn and improve. Additionally, ask for ideas, book recommendations, and continual feedback.
Get to know your co-workers
Knowing people's names and what they do will help you in the future as well as make you feel like a member of the team.
You are an employee just like everyone else
You're not different just because you're an apprentice. You're still a part of the team; it's just that you're just starting to learn your profession. So, don't get a big head and expect to be treated differently from others. You should still show up on time, you should stay until the job is done and you should be pleasant to everyone on the team.
Take advantage of resources
Your work environment may be designed to help you learn, but it's also important to look for resources outside of your specific assignments in order to ensure you gain all of the available knowledge and skill-sets possible during your apprenticeship experience. Thus, it is also key that you look for supporting educational/knowledge materials and outside mentors/advisors.
Learn to know your company's culture, content, practices, labor agreements (if applicable) front to back in your free time. This will only help you in your role. You'll be able to quickly assist or provide colleagues, other apprentices, and customers with the information if you understand these items. You'll know exactly how to communicate and act when different challenges or obstacles arise.
Lastly, understand that as you gain knowledge and experience it is important to share it. Further, sharing will help you understand information, policies, practices and processes in more detail. Thus, give your coworkers feedback on what you learned and appreciate their recommendations. Make a list of book notes and post them someplace where you will see them. Further, put your observations to good use by volunteering to work on other assignments and projects.
Observe more experienced colleagues
Watch how the experienced staff members operate, converse, and deal with clients. You may pick up a lot by observing and listening to what goes on around you.
Be enthusiastic about your assignments and projects
You're just getting started in your profession, and you need to know everything there is to know about it — even the parts that aren't as interesting to you! Every activity will get you noticed and remembered if you have a good attitude toward it.
Don't be scared or overwhelmed by your coworkers' skills
Remember that you're still learning and aren't expected to know everything. You aren't required to know as much as those who've been doing it for five, ten, or twenty years.
Don't allow yourself to get caught up in bad routines
Don't let yourself get trapped in negative habits. They will be recognized, and you will not be able to improve as a result of them.
Above all, get in there and do your job
Your job is the most important thing you should be concentrating on. Do your job well. If you don't finish your work on time, questions will become aggravating. If you don't apply the knowledge to your job, it won't help you branch out into other fields. If your own work isn't finished, you won't be able to expand into new areas. Always build on top of what you've already done. Get your projects done ahead of schedule. Quick to communicate is a good thing. If you're not sure where to begin, think about how important it is to accomplish something.