I survived Boot camp!

My name is Debora Figueiredo and welcome to my blog; this is my first blog ever so BE NICE!

I am a Digital Apprentice at DPG plc and I’m going to use this blog to share my experience of joining the workforce and all I get up to. This blog shares my first experiences at The Apprentice Academy Boot Camp (yes, Boot Camp) and how my fellow apprentices and I got on.

So what’s Boot Camp, I hear you ask? It sounds scary, doesn’t it?

Well Boot Camp is an initiative by The Apprentice Academy to prepare us for the workplace. The whole point of Boot Camp was to get us ready for the working environment, to teach us the skills and knowledge we needed for the workplace.

So yeah, I began boot camp last week (13/05) and just wanted to share my experience.

Throughout the week-long journey we took part in many practical activities such as handling inbound and outbound calls, playing The Apprentice, and even treated ourselves to a bit of camel racing. Basically, we had to create our own camels using cello tape, magazines and red and black feathers.

I don’t know what it looked like, but it definitely wasn’t a camel!

But the boot camp week wasn’t all about building camels and imitations of Alan Sugar, it was also about hard work and turning us amateur chumps into intelligent, good looking apprentices.

Throughout the week we were given booklets each day to summarise what we had previously learned. We learned about health & safety in the workplace, communication & time management and most importantly, team work; this was to prepare us for the hell that is ‘work’.

(Only joking @MikeCollins007 )

To summarise boot camp, it was extremely helpful (if anyone needs a camel, they know who to go to), it was memorable, but all in all the experience was fantastic.

I’m now one week in to my apprenticeship with DPG plc and have a new Twitter account @Little_Figs please give me a follow and follow my apprenticeship journey.

So, yes I survived Boot Camp. Will I survive the world of the workplace? Stay tuned to find out…

12 thoughts on “I survived Boot camp!

  1. I wish boot camp had been on offer to me, when I was starting my first job. Sounds a really useful experience. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Great Idea Debora – looks like you a fun and informative time at boot camp. I’m looking forward to seeing your progress and making a real impact to the team.

  3. Hi Debora,
    Welcome to the world of blogging and thanks for a great week. Feels like you’ve been here for much longer after an action-packed itinerary. It’s going to be great hearing about your experiences and I know you’re going to enjoy writing about them and sharing what it going to be an exciting journey. Bring on week two!

  4. Great insight to the world of DPG Grwat first blog. I will definitely be checking the blog out in the future!

  5. Great work Little Figs!! Well done on surviving Boot Camp, sounds a really good experience but the biggest achievement is surviving your first week at DPG, well done and welcome to the team.

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