Swapping Ibiza summers for Instagram and social media, we talk to Catriona about what it’s like to be a Modern Apprentice for ACF.
What are you doing for the Ayrshire College Foundation? I am working alongside the Ayrshire College Foundation during my apprenticeship to help them set-up a new website and I’ll also be helping them to run their social media accounts. This will also benefit me as I’ll be learning new skills as I work.
Have you enjoyed working with the Ayrshire College Foundation so far? Yes, it’s still early days at the moment but I am looking forward to working with ACF on various projects.
What attracted you to this job? When I saw the job advertised I thought it sounded really interesting and something I would enjoy learning more about. I jumped at the opportunity of an apprenticeship as I believe they can provide great opportunities, especially for someone like me who wants to gain qualifications while still working, instead of going to college or university. Digital Marketing is an area which is growing rapidly, so I feel really lucky to have got this job.
What were you doing before you started with Ayrshire College Foundation? I’ve done a few different things since leaving school. Immediately after leaving, I worked in the family business, a busy seaside café. After a year there, I decided to pack up and move to Spain, securing a summer job in a Scottish bar in Ibiza! I worked there for two seasons, returning home during winter and working in the café. After that, I decided to go travelling so I went to Thailand. I volunteered in a school, teaching English and I lived with a Thai family in a small village in Chiang Rai. I then went backpacking round Southern Thailand and Australia. When I returned to the UK it was summer time, so I finished off my travels with one last summer in Ibiza. Before applying for this apprenticeship I was working as a Barista Maestro in Costa Coffee.
Why is it important for the Ayrshire College Foundation to have its own website/social media feeds etc.? It’s important because it allows the ACF to show off the great work they are doing in the community.