Time Management

Simran Sandhu


Effective time management skills are crucial to be successful in completing an apprenticeship, as not only will you be learning how your chosen field operates and its processes, you will also be studying the theory alongside this. In some ways this is more helpful as the practical skills you obtain from the workplace can be used to understand the content you may learn about in college or vice- versa. However, in order to perform well in both of these you will have to manage your time well. Making a good impression to your work colleagues and networking is also necessary when joining a new company as an apprentice, as you may hope to progress in that company after finishing your apprenticeship, therefore you will need to allocate time to volunteer for events the company may hold e.g. careers fairs or join networks (I am part of HS2’s Future Talent Network and BAME Network).

There are many methods you can use to ensure you are utilising all of your working hours well and completing all the tasks you have been assigned. Creating appointments on your calendar in Outlook to allocate dedicated time to completing daily/weekly/monthly tasks which are part of your job is a great way of making sure tasks will be completed without any disruptions. The same goes for your college work- I personally book out every Wednesday as a “study day” on my calendar, so my line manager and colleagues know that I have dedicated that day to learning or revising for exams. Another tip I would give is to ask as many questions as you need to when being taught how to complete a task/ process or shadowing a meeting at work, as this will allow you to fully understand the first time round and stop you from elongating the amount of time you spend on a task due to not understanding and having to ask for help later on. All of this being said, it is essential to take time out for yourself each working day and not take on too much work or volunteering to the point you feel stressed or “overworked”. A positive work-life balance is very important and should not be overlooked!

 

Simran Sandhu, Finance, HS2

 L3 Assistant Accountant Apprentice

 

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