My First Three Months at HeX
Find out how our apprentice, Jess, has found her first few months here at HeX
Hello! Though this isn’t my first time writing a blog for HeX it will be my first time writing about something less work related, so first things first, introductions; my name is Jess, I recently turned 20, and two days before the Christmas of 2016 I decided it would be a good idea to move 150 miles up the country from Aldershot to Ilkeston following the completion of my last apprenticeship.
As mentioned, before joining HeX on the 10th of April I had another apprenticeship which was with a small company based in Guildford that produced feedback management software for the catering industry, during my time there I grew in a lot of different ways, expanded my knowledge of code and testing, got qualifications I otherwise wouldn’t have and by the time I was 19 I’d made designs which are still used all over the country. I’m hugely grateful for my time at Feed It Back, but beyond all the skills I learned there I learned what I didn’t want to be doing, and when it came time to leave though I was sad to leave the team behind it was definitely the best option.
At the time of writing this blog I’m almost exactly 3 months into starting at HeX, coming from a background with little to no web development or design experience and thanks to the support from the team I’m already doing work I never thought I would be as well as making progress towards a university level qualification, again, something I never thought I’d be doing. Despite all the positive changes this job has brought to my life I was originally really against taking on another apprenticeship since the last one had almost been a disaster, luckily though things are going a lot smoother this time around.
Something I’m especially happy with since starting at HeX is the fact I now have the drive and know-how to work on my own projects, which is something I’ve been wanting to begin for a long time now as a way of testing and expanding what I learn at work.
Since starting at HeX I’ve become more confident, comfortable and developed skills which will get me closer than ever to a job which I want to be doing and it’s my hope that after finishing this apprenticeship I’ll be kept on as a full-time developer and help grow the company more than it already has in the short time I’ve been working here.