Hello, I Am Zoya
October 2022 Ambassador of the Month
I decided to do an apprenticeship because I wanted to gain that hands on, real work experience that you cannot get by doing the traditional university route. And I’m someone who learns by doing which meant that the apprenticeship route was perfect for me.
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I decided to do an apprenticeship because I wanted to gain
that hands-on, real work experience that you cannot get by doing the
traditional university route. And I’m someone who learns by doing which meant
that the apprenticeship route was perfect for me. I also realised that
experience you have is more valuable than getting a degree because when you
apply to jobs, they look at what you can do over anything else and most
entry-level jobs now require a couple of years of experience which was a
further reason why I wanted to do an apprenticeship as it gives me that
experience and allows me to start my career journey at an early age.
My advice would be to do research on apprenticeships and see
what they can bring for you. I would also advise you to let go of the idea that
getting a degree is everything as in this competitive economy, it does not mean
everything anymore and a degree alone will not put you ahead of others. It’s
important to keep your mind open and let go of any misconceptions or
stereotypes that you may have and realise what a great opportunity
apprenticeships are and what a fantastic way it is to enter the professional
world at such a young age and start building your career.
I am a cross-functional apprentice which means that I get to
do different rotations in various job roles within Cisco so what I do
day-to-day differs depending on the rotation I’m doing. Currently, I’m working
as a network engineer in Cisco’s labs where my responsibilities include
creating connections between devices from topology designs, patching and
configuring devices. I previously worked as a consulting engineer where I
reviewed a customer's network designs as part of a major project. And I also
worked as a technical solutions architect where I learnt about one of our
products (Cisco Umbrella) and learnt how to deliver technical presentations about
it to customers. In future rotations, I would like to explore cybersecurity
teams within Cisco.