Everyone needs a start in their ideal career, however Millie Douglass has taken that start to work her way up through apprenticeships.
Millie worked as a Treasury Assistant at Midland Heart from November 2017 until November 2018 when she moved up to the role of Trainee Assistant Management Accountant.
She said: “In my old job, I worked with cash, the banks and security, whereas now I am involved more with the business and I am meeting the wider business.”
This is helping her achieve the job she wanted from her school days.
Millie said: “At school I did some work experience in accountants and decided that is what I wanted to do, so looked for that sort of stuff when I left.”
Deciding an apprenticeship would be the best route for her, she set about finding opportunities, which is where she found Midland Heart.
“I really enjoy my role, I am understanding the business through meeting with others. I am still studying for my AAT but the job gives me a better understanding of what I am doing at college.”
Her rise through the ranks is due to her hard work on a tough schedule, but also the opportunities that have been presented to her.
“In my first year I did a Level 2, now I am on Level 3 and I hope to go on to do a Level 4 next year.”
I have been given a really good opportunity here. I have been working in Treasury, and have been promoted to better roles. The progression here is really good, and we are part way through the second year and we are already planning for the next year. You get really good support.- Millie Douglas
“I go to college on Thursdays every week and I have exams every couple of months. It helps that I am working in the environment, as it makes me put what I am learning into practice.”
So the future is looking bright for Millie, and she suggests that apprenticeships might be the best way for others too.
She said: “I hope to eventually do my ACCA and become a qualified chartered accountant.
“An apprenticeship has been really beneficial to me. I don’t have the Uni debt but I will be more qualified, on a better wage, when others come out of university. It is a better procedure, you get experience at work and you get qualifications while you work.”