Marissa Anthony, business admin apprentice

 7 November 2014

With her college graduation approaching, Marissa saw the perfect opportunity to start applying for apprenticeships. She explains how she landed a role through the Creative Employment Programme and how being an apprentice has helped her become more passionate about the future.

"When I first started working at Cockpit I had a lot to learn about the craft world and I’m learning more and more every day."

Hometown?

I was born in Guyana, South America, and I have lived in Newham, East London since 2006.

What job do you do?

I am currently working as a business administrator for the Cockpit Arts business development team. My apprenticeship is partly funded through the Creative Employment Programme.

How did you get started?

In my second year of college I began to realise that going to university was not an option for me. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study, so it was hard for me to plan my future from there. 

I am able to learn from people who have a lot of experience and are willing to help me grow.

A few months before my college graduation, I started applying for apprenticeships in the digital marketing field because that has been something I have always been interested in. 

I got my first apprenticeship in digital marketing and customer service two months after graduating. But the job wasn’t what I was looking for, as it lacked the creativity I needed.

So I started again, applying for jobs in the creative field, and came upon an opening at Cockpit Arts.

What qualifications do you have?

At school, I achieved over nine GCSEs mostly As and Bs.  

Don’t be afraid to approach people. Most people love the opportunity to talk about their work.

I then went on to study English Literature and Language, Film Studies, and Communication and Culture in my second year of college and walked away with mostly Bs. 

I also have several ICT qualifications, including Skills for Business and Functional Skills level two.

I am currently working on a level three ICT Skills for Business certificate as part of my apprenticeship.

What do you do for your apprenticeship?

My job includes working with social media through Cockpit Arts’ 'Making It' platform and administrative support for the business development team. This includes collecting and reporting data for the 'New Creative Markets' programme, which is funded through the European Regional Development Fund.

I am also working on a business administration level three qualification as part of my apprenticeship course.

What's the best thing about your apprenticeship?

The best thing about being an apprentice is that I am able to learn from people who have a lot of experience and are willing to help me grow and develop new skills.

You’ll never know how good you are if you never put yourself out there.

This has especially been the case since working at Cockpit Arts.

Being in such a nurturing environment where I am able to learn things important to my role, as well as working on my own personal development, has enabled me to become more confident.

I am now also more passionate about what I want to do in the future.

What's the worst thing about your work?

There are parts of my job which are challenging in comparison to others. For example, data recording requires close attention.

However, instead of looking at it as something to be despised, I view it as an opportunity to learn new skills.

How do you get into craft?

1. Do some research around craft

I would suggest for anyone who would like to work in the craft sector that they do some research and know what’s what.

When I first started working at Cockpit I had a lot to learn about the craft world and I’m learning more and more every day.

2. Be open-minded

Be open minded about new opportunities. There will be times when things will come up that you aren’t entirely sure about, or events that might seem intimidating, but you’ll never know how good you are if you never put yourself out there.

3. Talk to other colleagues about their job roles

Don’t be afraid to approach people and ask them about what they do. Most people love the opportunity to talk about their work.


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