If you are waiting for our next Degree Apprenticeship applications to be announced, or thinking about doing a Degree Apprenticeship in the future, make sure you’re all set and ready for when the process starts!
We have put together some helpful hints for you, to help get you ready to stand out from the crowd.
- Practice interview techniques and questions. Think about why you are interested in apprenticeships. What exactly are you looking for from the potential experience? Research interview questions and prepare your answers. Ask a family member to video you whilst you answer questions or practice giving answers in front of a mirror. While you may feel embarrassed watching yourself on a video it is incredibly important to know exactly how you present yourself to a potential employer.
- Do practice tests. Part of the application process will be to take the Core Abilities Test. The test looks at your verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning skills. It is a timed, supervised, online test which contains: practice questions and 6x verbal, 7x numerical and 7x abstract reasoning questions. There will also be a Critical Thinking test (Watson Glaser) - critical thinking is the ability to look at a situation and clearly understand it from multiple perspectives whilst separating facts from opinions and assumptions. Practice tests are available here for you to try before heading into the workshops.
- Gain work experience. Both paid and unpaid work is an excellent way to gain first-hand knowledge and experiences that you can talk about in your interview. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a part-time job in a restaurant or office related experience, it’s all useful! Volunteer, there are plenty of charities around that look for extra hands and this will all add to your CV.
- Sign up to news alerts. Having a broad understanding of current events will be important during your interviews. You will be working for a business and the company will want to know you are up to date and interested in things that are going on. Use different news sources to get a wide range of opinions and perspectives.
- Do your research. Along with the company that you are looking to do the Degree Apprenticeship with, you may be asked during the interview process what you know about Pearson College London. Ensure that you have done research into our core values and what we are doing with our Industry Partners.
- Come to an Open Day. Workshops and interviews for the apprenticeships will usually be held at our MidTown Campus at 190 High Holborn. Our Open Days have useful talks on degree apprenticeships, industry partners and much more that will be able to help you! By coming to an Open Day you will feel more comfortable in a surrounding you have already visited, you will also see staff and students you recognise, which will ease the nerves on workshop/interview days.
- Be Active. Companies are looking for well-rounded individuals. It is great to talk about hobbies and interests outside of study and work!