Just under a year ago, Aloise Robinson was diligently filling in her CAO form, although after months of research, she admits that she didn’t really know what she wanted to do, and still hadn’t found a course that truly appealed to her. During this process, Aloise came across our earnandlearn.ie website where she discovered the Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship route to a degree that seemed to perfectly match what she was looking for.
We sat down with her to chat about how she found the overall process and how she is finding the programme almost 6 months in.
What attracted you to this apprenticeship?
When I saw the role advertised, it really spiked my interest. I’d been looking at taking a year out, finding a job and taking some time to work out what type of college course I really wanted to do. The fact that this apprenticeship leads to a BA (Hons) degree in Insurance Practice after three years felt like the perfect fit for me, so I applied for a few different roles I saw advertised on the site and was offered the job at Aiken the day my leaving cert exams finished.
How are you finding balancing work and study?
The transition wasn’t such a big difference for me, as while I was in school I had a part-time job, so was used to working and studying together. However, the flip to part-time studying and full-time work has definitely taken some getting used to and to be honest, I still am getting used to the independent style of learning and studying opposed to classroom based learning.
At times it can feel like you are under a lot of pressure. With work deadlines and coursework deadlines, it can be a lot. The great thing is though that there are so many people around you willing to help, from The Institute, the lecturing staff and in the office, that in reality, I have found you are never alone.
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