Dan Rutter

Tell us a little bit about you?

I’m originally from Chichester, West Sussex. I moved to London in January this year and am currently living in Clapham. I have a background in hospitality management and freelance graphic design. I’ve spent a lot of time travelling and working around the world.

What are you studying?

BA (Hons) Business Management

Where are you working?

I work for Garnier, part of the L’Oréal UKI group as a Digital Marketing apprentice.

Why did you choose a Degree Apprenticeship?

I found myself seeking further education and the traditional university route didn’t particularly appeal to me. I have always really enjoyed working and wanted to focus on study that would allow me to continue to develop in multiple ways.

What have you enjoyed most about your course?

I’ve really enjoyed getting to grips with my role within work. At first everything is quite daunting and you never feel like you’re going to understand it all. As time goes by, you notice yourself settling in and becoming part of a larger team.

What have you learnt so far during your work placement?

That juggling multiple responsibilities is really tough, but achievable. It’s really satisfying being able to tick things off of your list and move on to the next challenge. There have been so many great training options, internally and externally. I find myself able to hold conversations about subjects I’d never heard of before this year.

How has your placement helped you with your studies?

The two roll off of each other nicely. I’m not sure if one without the other would work for me. It’s great to be studying to benefit my future career, whilst my current work fuels my modules and projects.

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

Time management and organisational skills are a must have. We are all really busy and trying hard to keep on top of our workload. I think my main piece of advice would be to gamble and give it a go. I found myself unsure when applying, as it is quite a different choice from traditional university, and I didn’t know anyone else who had done it. There is still a lot of people who don’t understand what I do, but once I’ve explained they think I’ve got the deal of a lifetime.