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James’s work experience

Work background…

My name is James Hendry. This is a snippet of my time during my work experience at The Apprentice Store.

I reached out to The Apprentice store after doing my first year at Moray UHI. I was looking to gain valuable experience within the IT sector. David Massey, the Managing Director, kindly got back to me and offered me this opportunity. After a good discussion, he asked me to have a think about which area I would like to work in. I chose to work within the Web Dev team. The experience was delivered to me in a way that gave me power over how I worked. This gave me the chance to work both in the office and remotely. This is something I would never have done after years in engineering. I believe this was important as more companies are looking at remote working, so getting this mixture was great.

And so it begins…

I was excited about starting my placement. This was a step in the right direction to changing my career after being made redundant from my previous job.

My first week at The Apprentice Store was delivered online. It was a welcomed change and I was excited to work from home. I was welcomed by Declan the Operations Manager who gave me a small induction and made me feel at ease. My main task for the first week was to research a set of questions for David. The questions David had set were hugely important to web dev and researching them was great. The web dev team Ryan M, Ryan G, Michael and Laura were all on hand to assist if I needed any help with them. I came away from this exercise with a great document full of information that I can refer to going forward. Here is a picture of one of the research subjects from my document:

WooCommerce work.

This leads on to a meeting with David who went over my answers with me. We chose questions that I was slightly unsure about which prompted David to provide me with a very detailed answer. Moreover, it allowed me to further my knowledge.

On to the next task…

My days from here on were mainly focused on building a website with WordPress. David had given me The Seaboard Centre as a project.

WordPress is brilliant but has a huge amount to get your head around. However, I wasn’t fazed by this as I love to learn. I had dived into learning about everything from plugins to child themes and so much more. I looked at Html, CSS, PHP all of which are aspects of WordPress. During the creation of my small site Ryan M, Laura, Michael and Ryan G were all on hand to help. During my days the team would give me certain things to look at and use like the WordFence security plugin. The following are snippets of my site:

The Seaboard Centre work, home page.
The Seaboard Centre work, welcome text.

Having never used WordPress before but I was impressed with what was achievable. I now am eager to continue learning more about it. I have purchased a WordPress course so that I may be able to continue studying the inner workings of WordPress.

Onwards and upwards…

Going forward it’s sad to leave The Apprentice Store as I have enjoyed my time massively here.

I have gained a far better knowledge of Web development and the power of WordPress which I want to expand. The staff including “lucy the dog” are all brilliant and friendly and would help with any of my issues. The opportunity I had with The Apprentice Store team definitely make the transition to a new career and future achievable.

A final thank you from James.

I’d like to thank David and his team for having me. They gave me the opportunity to learn from them and it will help me on my journey.

The Apprentice Store wanted to thank James for taking the time to work with us and we wish him all the best for his future in IT. The team look forward to hearing how James gets on with his new course and where it will take him.

New move, new chapter
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