Blog: Anisa Miah on what she’s learnt on her apprenticeship


17 Aug 2015

A year is a long time; as you grow up you learn to savour every year and every moment and this past year is something I’ll definitely remember for the rest of my life.

They say your first job is your worst job but when I arrived to work on the O2 Think Big programme at NYA, I didn’t know what to expect especially since I’d just finished my A-Levels but all the same it was still very exciting! Making such a big decision to do an apprenticeship instead of a degree is never something to take lightly but I have no regrets about this past year at all.

I’ve managed to pick up skills such as general office experience, communication skills from interacting with all sorts of different people, time management skills and the list could go on. I feel like this past year at NYA has taught me so much, in my opinion I’ve learnt much more here than if I had gone to university last September since university doesn’t teach you much on how to behave in a working environment.  At 19, I feel like I have gained those important skills that I can take with me to wherever and whatever I do in the future.

I’ve always wanted to work in an office environment and become a data analyst in terms of my future career. At NYA, they have always supported me and they’ve always tried to help me develop whether that be by giving me training, allowing me to shadow various members of staff or getting me involved in work that I’m interested in and for that I will be forever grateful. Working with people who want to help you grow as a person is so important and I’ve been fortunate to have experienced working with such a great team. While I predominantly worked with a team of 8 at the Think Big Hub in London, the wider NYA team in Leicester were always so welcoming and that’s the thing about NYA; whether you are a remote worker or they see your face everyday, they will always welcome you and be proud to call you their colleague.

I’ve had the pleasure of being able to meet so many people, work with a great team, be managed by two brilliant managers and be able to go to so many events courtesy of NYA and I will never forget that.

In terms of what the future holds for me, this September I will be going to work for the BBC on a degree programme, something which I feel I got due to the NYA as without my experience and skills that I picked up here, I sincerely doubt I would’ve got onto this programme.

As a final note, I would like to thank all of the staff at NYA and in particular my manager, Katy, who I feel deserves a special shout out for being able to put up with me this past year. I will miss working for the NYA and with my great team but in reference to my earlier statement of “your first job is your worst job” it’s not true….well at least not for me!

Anisa Miah is business admin apprentice on the Think Big programme, managed by NYA.