National Apprenticeship Week Spotlight: Tamara
In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week 2019, we ask Mechanical Engineering Apprentice Emma about her experiences and advice for those who are considering what to do once they leave school.Name: Tamara Dunn
What do you do?
I am a Business Degree Apprentice
Why did you choose an apprenticeship?
I chose an apprenticeship because I believe that at the moment it is the best opportunity for young people wanting to follow a path into business. The experience and challenges you’re faced with are so rewarding and enable you to progress at such a young age. MBDA has allowed me to study whilst I’m working, meaning I constantly see real life examples of what I’m learning about at University.
What inspired you to work in the industry?
I was inspired by the older apprentices who came into my sixth form for a careers day, they did a presentation where they spoke about everything they’d achieved on the scheme and I instantly knew that was what I wanted to do. I think there is a great pride in working for the defence industry, being a part of such a fast moving and innovative company is amazing!
What would you say to students who are considering their career options?
I would tell them to keep their options open and consider all paths, not just traditional ones such as university! There are so many new routes and opportunities for young people that shouldn’t be ignored! When I was at school they only pushed students towards university, which doesn’t suit everyone. Apprenticeships offer invaluable experience and skills which employers seek out.
What has been your most memorable or proudest moment?
My proudest moment was doing an Uptree event at the Facebook offices in London! I was given the opportunity to speak to lots of students about the path I chose and answer all the questions they had. Being able to talk to the students about my scheme and educate them on all the choices they have made me so pleased, as many of them didn’t know degree apprenticeships existed!
What would you say to other women and girls who may be put off joining the industry because of its male-dominance?
I would say that from my experience, it was incredibly daunting, and at times uncomfortable having never been in an environment that is very male dominated. However, that should never stop you. Many young girls and women are immediately put off of going into business and engineering careers as they’re not ‘feminine’, which is a stereotype that needs to change. If we continue to encourage these young girls and show them what is possible, they will remember that, and may even choose to follow suit, which is exactly why I do what I do.