The brilliant thing about being an apprentice is that you’re finally learning and applying practical, life-changing skills. However, it could be argued that this is also the most challenging aspect of being an apprentice.
After all, up to this point, it’s unlikely that you’ve been simultaneously learning while working practically full-time. However, if any little elements of self-doubt have begun to creep in – am I doing the right thing? Was this a good idea? – don’t worry. Here’s how to strike the right balance during your roofing apprenticeship.
Don’t expect to be flawless
Regardless of how much experience you already have, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’re going to make mistakes. Your new employer knows this, and it’s essential that you do, too. When you make a mistake, that’s how you learn not to make that same mistake again. Busy at Work advises apprentices to own up to mistakes so that they can be rectified quickly – and at least you won’t be worried about the consequences later when studying or preparing for work.
Asking for help is essential
Whether at work or study, there will inevitably be times when you have no idea what to do or how to manage your hectic schedule. From the moment you realise you need help, you mustn’t leave it too long before opening your mouth, making a call or even raising your hand and asking for help. Sitting on a problem for too long will inevitably affect you at work and study – and in your precious free time, too.
Manage your study time carefully
Sadly, gone are the days when you could cram for an exam, or finish your homework on the bus into school. Taking on an apprenticeship means committing to a routine, so avoid late nights finishing work for college, and last-minute essay submissions. More than anything, it’s not worth the emotional stress you’ll put yourself through, which could impact the quality of your sleep and then follow you into the next day at work or college.
Keep an eye on your weekend schedule
More than ever before in your life, you need to relax when you’re not at work. The temptation, as soon as regular money starts popping magically into your bank every month, is to invest it in all the things you wanted to do but could never afford.
However, too much fun will inevitably impact your performance at work. Unfortunately, from here on, this never really stops as you age. Just listen to your body, prioritise a good night’s sleep every Sunday and find a routine that works for you as an employee and student.
Arrive on time, every time
Finally, now that you’re an apprentice in the trade, you’re effectively serving members of the public just as much as you’re working for your employer. Furthermore, as you’ll find, people always seem to be on the lookout for a way to critique the work you do and how you do it. Roofers in Gateshead, Gainsborough, Glasgow and all over the UK will hear about it if they arrive late to any job, even under completely reasonable circumstances. You’ll know that the balance you’re looking to achieve between work and study has become lopsided if you’re sleeping in or not setting off on time.