Name:  Erin Doherty

Job title: Admin Support

Employer: Inspira.  I am based at the Barrow office.

Age: 18

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

I wanted the opportunity to gain experience and learn while earning money on the job. Knowing that apprenticeships can boost your career prospects, by learning key skills that employers within that industry really want, I saw it as an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

What did you get out of your apprenticeship?

I feel the most valuable aspect of my apprenticeship is the confidence it has given me in myself, while engaging with clients and other organisations daily, my people skills have really improved. I am currently working towards my level 2 NVQ in Business Administration, which will then progress onto Level 3 which is a brilliant qualification to put on my CV.

Take us through a typical day:

Every morning I look for current vacancies within the Cumbria Area, this then enables our advisors so distribute relevant jobs to our clients to apply for. I am responsible for dealing with bookings for our contracts: National Careers Service, The Key, and CIAG. Helping staff with admin workload and inputting all the data onto our systems which is a vital feature to my role.

What do you like most about the job?

The think I like most about my job is the industry I work in. I love seeing all the opportunity Barrow in Furness has to offer its community; and even better when we, Inspira, can help a client achieve what they thought was the impossible. Seeing clients build up the confidence in their selves to believe getting a job is achievable and obtainable, makes not only the clients feel proud, but me for being a part of the process.

What do you like least about the job?

I wouldn’t say there is anything I dislike about my job; the office can be fast paced and busy, but I’ve learned to work in this way and enjoy it. 

Why did you want to do this job?

Before working at Inspira, I had come to the centre for an appointment for advice in pursuing a career change. The advisor helped with me with confidence building, searching for vacancies and formatting applications, they couldn’t have done more for me! So, when the vacancy came up, I knew that the organisation and team would be a perfect fit for me.

What jobs have you done previously?

Before working at Inspira, I had worked as a paper girl while I was in school, as well as a weekend job as a saturday girl in a Local Hairdressers.  Then, I was employed at Tesco in a part-time job. From a young age I knew community work was something I wanted to excel and progress in, so after school I volunteered for Action for Children doing community work.

Any advice for people wanting to get into your profession?

If you enjoy working in a busy environment, participating in new ventures, and meeting people from all walks of life- then this profession is for you. My only advice is, jump when opportunities are given, never discard any options given to you, and you will only get out of your job what you put in.