Apprentice, Alicia Anderson loves everything arts related and being a keen writer, we thought you’d like to hear her story ‘straight from the horse’s mouth’ as she progresses through this next chapter of her life.
The reason I chose to be a part of an apprenticeship scheme is because I never really got on well in a school environment, I prefer to do things hands on in order to learn which Motorfinity has provided. I’ve always wanted to work in business so the opportunity to learn and work at the same time as a Business Admin apprentice was one I couldn’t pass up. When I saw Motorfinity had an apprentice position open I thought, ‘That’s definitely what I want to do!’
With the help of my peers
Previously, I had spent some time working in hospitality in pubs and, in all honesty, I hated it! Though it helped me gain important skills I can apply in customer service, it just wasn’t a job role I enjoyed, whereas now, I actually enjoy coming to work. It’s an amazing environment where I can learn and work without feeling stressed or under any pressure with the help of my peers around me if they notice me struggling in the slightest. The support I’ve got from Motorfinity has been fantastic and I’m so thankful for the opportunities I’ve been given during my short time here.
In the long run, I am hoping to study business at university in a few years when I have the knowledge and experience I need so I can progress in the business industry. This is something I’ve always wanted to do. I know Motorfinity will help and support me through this journey so I can eventually reach that end goal. Motorfinity have given me the chance to learn the ropes behind the scenes of a business, giving me that knowledge and experience in order to move forward.
Coming from a family with a long, history of car-related business including connections with the McLaren brand, I’ve always felt like there’s been a pressure for me to succeed in this industry, and now that I’m working for such a successful car brokerage, that pressure has been lifted. Though I’m only a little way into this part of my journey, I feel as if I’ve already made great progress thanks to Motorfinity.
Learning the ropes – an overview
As part of my 18-month course, I am spending time in each department getting a complete overview of the company and a real feel for what it’s like to work within an office and different departments. As a business admin, I feel as though it’s important for me to really know the ropes of each department and thankfully, everyone has been more than willing to provide me with an inside view of what goes on in each role.
I started as a Sales and Finance Coordinator within the Delivery Team which I personally think was the best place for me to start. The delivery team went out of their way to make sure I was completely comfortable. As well as this, Lucy, the team leader, was taking time out of her busy workdays to train me. She made sure I understood everything and was always there to offer help when I needed it.
There is nothing more valuable than experience
So far, this experience has been amazing. I’d say Motorfinity is definitely the type of company you’d want to work for, and I’m lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to have this company as my first ‘proper job’ which has set high standards in my head for any future employers!
Dean and Dan have been so supportive, daily checking up on me and the rest of the staff, as well as providing us with amazing perks! I attended Ladies’ Day at Southwell Races where I could indulge in my love of fashion with my colleagues, and sports’ events that we have sponsored as part of our brand awareness campaign as well as ‘supporting local’ whenever we can.
Talking of supporting local, I am jumping out of a plane from 14,000ft on 04 September with 9 other colleagues to raise money for the Children’s Bereavement Centre based in Newark – yet another incredible ‘bucket list’ opportunity that I have been able to access through my work here.
We are all unique
What do I like best about Motorfinity? It has to be that they recognise and acknowledge the fact that everyone works differently – we are all unique. I think this is an amazing ethos for a company to have as they understand individuality as well as the fact not everyone learns the same and I think a lot of companies should take a page out of their book!
Whatever the future holds, I will be forever grateful that I have had this opportunity to work with such an amazing team of people.