After completing my A Levels aged 18 at a local sixth form, I had to decide whether I wanted to start work and a career, or choose the more common university route. University was very tempting; most of my friends were already committed to going, and the majority of career exhibitions I attended only really seemed interested in promoting this route. However, I knew that deep down I wanted to start a career in a business environment and at a company where progression and professional qualifications would be actively encouraged.
After coming across the Apprenticeship position advertised by Hayes Parsons, I was interviewed, which was then quickly followed by spending a day with the people and the office allowing me to see what my actual role would entail. I was then offered the role and started a few months later as an Apprentice Account Handler. In this role, I was the main point of contact for a range of small businesses, handling renewals and dealing with any queries they had throughout the year. I successfully completed my Apprenticeship within 18 months, and 6 months later progressed into a more senior commercial Account Handling role. This now involves me dealing with more complex risks and larger businesses, and managing relationships across a wider range of stakeholders. In addition, I'm also responsible for a Bristol-based new business campaign.
My professional studies have also been actively promoted and funded throughout my time here. Within my Apprenticeship period, I achieved my Certificate in Insurance qualification and two years later I achieved the Diploma. I've continued further and am currently working towards my Advanced Diploma. The qualifications have been a mixture of written and multiple choice exams and continual assessment essays, and where the latter is now the more favoured route going forward. The Advanced Diploma is actually a Level 6 qualification, and hence equivalent to Degree standard.
In addition I have won a number of industry awards on both a local and national basis the highlight of which was being named Young Broker of the Year at the 2015 UK Broker Awards. I'm really pleased I took the Apprenticeship option and the role at Hayes Parsons in particular. It has allowed me to quickly learn and develop my skills in a business environment, whilst also being given the opportunity to gain a degree level qualification.
Posted by Ryan Legge on
22 February 2017 at 12:00 AM
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