Beth Crosbie

Tell us a little bit about you?

My name is Beth Crosbie and I am a first year Degree Apprentice.

After leaving college I took a year off and spent 6 months working full time to save up for 4 months of travelling around Australia and Asia.

What are you studying?

BA (Hons) Business Management

Where are you working?

I am currently working at Pearson College London as a Marketing Assistant.

Why did you choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

During my year working I realised that University really wasn't for me. I have always worked; at the age of 12 I even had a Saturday morning job at my local riding stable. I enjoy working and having the security of earning money too. Despite this, I knew I still wanted to have the benefit of a degree as I felt it would help me have a more successful career.

I had been pretty set on a Business Management degree from school. My parents started a business when I was seven and it has fascinated me watching them grow and overcome all the hurdles they have encountered. One of my friends told me about degree apprenticeships and I knew that it was exactly what I was looking for.

What have you enjoyed most about your course?

I have only just started my course, however I am really enjoying my first module, 'The Purpose of Business'. It discusses the steps companies make to defining their purpose, whether it be bettering their community or a purely profit driven enterprise.

What have you learnt so far, during your work placement?

In my first month I have spent a lot of time learning the many software systems used behind the scenes of marketing. For example, I have learnt how to use website editing systems, creating HTML emails that are sent out to prospectivestudents, and how to upload and edit the blogs I have written to our website.

An important skill that I can see I am learning is time management and organisation. I am creating weekly and daily 'to-do' lists to ensure I don't forget any deadlines I have coming up which is good for both work and university.

How has your work placement helped with your studies?

Working is helping me match real life examples with the theory I learn in the classroom. I find that it brings my knowledge to life and helps me write my coursework because I have practical applications to add.

Do you have any advice for anyone applying for a degree apprenticeship?

Make sure you know the company you are applying for! 

Do some research before the interview so you know that it is the right company for you and you might even be able to impress your interviewer with some of your knowledge.

Also, if you do not get through with your first application don't give up! I applied to several different degree apprenticeships and Pearson was the only company that I got to an interview stage with. 

Make sure your application is clear and interesting. 

If you can get some work experience in the field you are interested in, do it! This shows a genuine interest and enthusiasm to work and the more you can show this the better.