(Thomas Wilson – Apprentice, Bright Futures Programme)
The first chapter of my very short career is coming to an end and although I am pretty sad that I am leaving Bright Purple for pastures new, I know that the experience I have gained is going to put me in a great position for the future.
Unfortunately for me I quickly realised after a couple of weeks of making sales calls that sales wasn’t for me. As this was the role on offer from the start of the apprenticeship I knew that at the end of June I would be informed that I would be moving on in July.
Saying that, I have loved my time here at Bright Purple and I can’t think of anywhere else that would give 6 teenagers a chance to work in such a busy and professional, as well as inspirational business environment. It was quite a risky move for Bright Purple to take on the apprentices at this difficult economic time, but I definitely feel that it has been a successful program and I hope that they do it again for 6 more young people.
Rewinding back 6 months ago I couldn’t be more different. I had no confidence, no work experience and no ambition. I remember when I was in school that I wasn’t the most confident pupil; I used to duck out of things that scared me such as presentations. Thinking about it now it makes me smile, I now feel like a presentation guru. My first ever presentation at Bright Purple was sprung upon me and the other apprentices, we had to present a presentation about our lives. I remember being absolutely gutted hearing this news, presenting in front of 60+ people wasn’t my idea of a good time, but after practicing the presenting over and over again it started to feel natural to me and when I presented to my new colleagues I felt I performed well and I was so proud of myself, because I faced my fear and I won the battle.
I have had so many different high points in my time at Bright Purple, helping out our Lithuanian office by finding them new candidates on the market, working with the DGM team of Monica and Caroline, meeting very inspirational people such as Craig Paterson and Jennifer Cheyne, being named apprentice of the week 4 times and being trusted to create a brand new IT training course for the company. But nothing beats the Apprentice Open Evening for me.
I don’t think anybody will understand how much that night meant to me. During my time of unemployment I listened to the majority of my friends talk about their work with total dis-satisfaction and I used to sit and think, what is the point in doing something you hate so much?
So when I was asked if my family and friends would like to attend the Open Evening, I immediately asked my family but they couldn’t make it on the night, so I asked my friends Dean Horribine and Gavin Pettigrew to come and support me, as they are my most trustworthy friends. When my friends walked in to the office I was determined to show them how well I am doing for myself and to show them how much I am enjoying my work. I worked very hard on my presentation and I think it showed on the night. After the night was over looking at Dean and Gavin’s faces was priceless! It is something I’ll remember for the rest of my life; they were speechless and blown away. In the car journey home they were telling me how proud they were of me and how they wanted to achieve their own goals in their lives. I definitely take the credit for Dean winning a new contract and the under 19 player of the year at Hibernian FC, so if he goes on to play for Manchester United I am expecting a big bonus!
It was a very special night for me and to hear my friends were inspired by me is something I will never forget for the rest of my life.
I will never regret signing up at Bright Purple for the past 6 months. It has given me a foundation to move on to my career and I would never have done it without the support from Stuart Whiting my mentor, Marielle Tweedie the Head of the Bright Futures programme, Kevin Watters – DBA and of course Nick Price the CEO of Bright Purple, who gave me and the other 5 Bright Futures Apprentices this fantastic, once in a lifetime opportunity.
To my fellow apprentices, I want to thank you all for the past 6 months because you have all been incredible team mates and I want to wish you the very best of luck in your future careers and I know you will all be really successful in whatever career you pursue.
Leaving Bright Purple will obviously be a gut wrench for me as I am leaving behind some fantastic people. I have learnt from many speaker sessions that you should chase your passion and not your pension and that’s what I intend to do. Sports coaching and fitness is something that I am really passionate about and I have set myself goals to get back to fitness and chase that dream.
One thing for sure is this won’t be the last time you hear about me!