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Nicol DowerBy Nicol Dower - on 16 March 2016
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An Apprentice Down Under: Part Six


An Apprentice Down Under: Part Six

Hiya guys here is my latest blog! 

So I'm back in rainy England for a few months! I missed my family and friends, and I decided to have a trip back home for Christmas and New Year!

With it being National Apprenticeship Week, I thought it would be a good time for me to look back at the opportunities that doing an apprenticeship has given me - in my case, travelling to the other side of the planet!

That's the really good thing about being an electrician it can literally take you anywhere in the world. I've picked up work easily in Australia, and now I'm back, I've found self-employed work here too! I have friends who have travelled to Canada and America, and have all been accepted as qualified electricians and let loose on their electrical systems. 

Starting out as an electrical apprentice was one of the best experiences I've ever had, due to the many things I've leanred and seen since then. I've not only learned the skills required to carry out electrical jobs professionally, but I've also learned many other skills from being on building sites.

Skills such as confidence in using power tools, or being able to plan and manufacture containment such as conduit which can be transferred onto other materials such as in your home. It's not just changing lights and sockets. I've even picked up skills painting, plumbing and carpentry! 

At every site I go on now, I get to meet new people and have made some really good friends over the years, and contacts who I can rely on for work in future.

Apprenticeships aren't just a set of one lot of skills. They can be transferred to many different areas, and you can transfer to different areas in your career. Progression routes can include electrical engineering, project management and teaching.

Personally, I would like to combine my electrical knowledge and love of interior design into a career in home renovation. 

The possibilities are endless, so get started as soon as you can! 

Until next time…

Nicol x


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