A Felstedian and an Old Felstedian Share Their Apprenticeship Journeys

To mark National Apprenticeship Week, Felsted’s Development Office spoke to a current and former Felstedian about their career aspirations, and why they chose to embark on an apprenticeship.

U6 Emily S’s Journey is Only Beginning

Emily S has been a Felstedian since Reception. Now as a Year 13 student, she shared with us her goal to be a Quantity Surveyor - starting with a degree apprenticeship with construction consultancy, Core Five.

In Year 12, Emily explained that her heart wasn’t yet set on a particular field, so she decided to pursue subjects she loved and excelled at in her GCSEs.

With her parents both working in construction - her dad in demolition and her mum in quantity surveying - Emily knows a lot about the industry. Fuelled by her interest in geography, she is also interested in being part of sustainability’s unfolding impact in the construction industry. Her brother, Tom, who also attended Felsted (fdc08-22), is yet another inspiration for Emily, as he is currently completing a degree apprenticeship in Project Management.

When discussing how life at Felsted has prepared her for the world of work, Emily told us it’s the freedom as she’s moved through the school, and managing her own schedule, which have given her a solid foundation and work ethic.

“I was a Head of Manor last year and that gave me a lot more responsibilities - even little minor tasks like getting in on a Saturday morning and doing the register, collecting phones, and helping staff around school. 

“But, then, also managing my own time and my hockey commitments on top of that…it’s not difficult, but you’ve got to know where everything is, what you’re doing and where you need to be at,” Emily explained.

Emily has been a day pupil at Felsted up until this final year, where she decided to become a contemporary boarder for three nights a week. She explained that boarding has given her a flavour of ‘uni life’, from study group evenings in the Marshall Centre to socialising with her friends, which she didn’t do as frequently as a day student.

“It’s going to be weird when I leave and a complete change, and I’m going to miss the sport, but I’m excited for the apprenticeship, to commute and work in the London office, and meet new friends with a completely new team,” Emily told us.

Emily also opened up about some of the key people in the Felsted community and how they shaped her ideas and experiences leading up to her decision to undertake an apprenticeship: “Mrs Phillips in Manor was really helpful last year. I sat down with her quite a few times going through the pros and cons of going to university versus doing an apprenticeship.

“This year, the main influence was Mrs Pritchard. She’s been really helpful, she helped me set up a mock interview with an Old Felstedian.”

OF Marko Salopek (ac06-08), who is a chartered project management surveyor, and has worked on a number of urban regeneration schemes, was a great source of advice and support for Emily’s apprenticeship interview.

We wish Emily the best of luck with her impending exams and her degree apprenticeship with Core Five, and look forward to catching up with her later down the line! 

Marko and over 2,000 other OFs are part of the online community, The Felsted Network, on LinkedIn. This is an excellent resource for sharing jobs, apprenticeships, experiences, advice, milestones, and so much more. Click here to join the community.

The Sky’s the Limit for OF Emily Taylor

After finishing her IB at Felsted, OF Emily Taylor (gn20-22) decided to undertake a degree apprenticeship with British Airways.

As an Aspiring Leader Apprentice, Emily is working towards a bachelor’s degree in Chartered Management whilst rotating through various departments at the airline; from engineering and operations to marketing and sales.

Emily explained to us that when it came to deciding what to do after Sixth Form, she didn’t have her heart set on any particular path, but knew that university wasn’t strictly the route she wanted to take. So, after researching apprenticeships, she found British Airways, and knew that she’d hit upon her next step.

“There hasn’t been a single day that I have regretted my choice to take the degree apprenticeship route,” Emily told us.

On reflecting how her time at Felsted helped her, Emily said, “I was fortunate that Felsted had given me many opportunities that I could use during my application process in order to stand out as an applicant. The variety of societies, charity work, and sports teams I took part in, along with my experience as a prefect, ensured I had examples for all the questions I was asked, and could demonstrate I had the skills they were looking for.

“The learning, resourcefulness and resilience I’ve gained from each of my placements have been invaluable, and there’s still so much more to come!”

We wish Emily the best of luck as she continues to soar through her degree apprenticeship, and look forward to seeing how she progresses.