Being accepted for a learnership is an opportunity to broaden your horizon and shatter the idea that learning can only take place in a classroom.
A learnership is your opportunity to gain hands-on experience so it would be in your best interest to make the most of it.
We’d like to help you do that, so here are 8 ways in which you can get the best results during your learnership.
Make sure it’s what you want
Imagine applying for a learnership and finding out that it’s unrelated to the role you see yourself in. Don’t waste valuable time, do your research before applying for a position to make sure it is what you want.
This ties in with the previous point – like with any other job, it’s important to set your goals and expectations by the end of your first week (once you have settled in). Once you’ve done this, speak to your supervisor about what you expect to learn or gain during your time there as well as what is expected of you.
Go above and beyond
Don’t be limited to the job description. Once you’ve finished all your tasks for the day, ask your mentor if there is something else you can help with. This will make you stand out from the rest and show your mentor that you are dedicated and willing to go the extra mile.
Ask questions and take notes
Remember that there will be a lot of information thrown at you throughout the day so keep a notebook and pen on hand to quickly jot down notes to revisit and reference later.
Ask for help
Be careful not to go overboard by taking on too many extra tasks. Mental (and physical) burnout is a real threat - so don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need to.
Be on time, every time
Punctuality is an absolute must in any workplace because, not only does it show that you are committed to the position, but it also proves that you are able to manage your time effectively.
What you can do - before your first day, there are a few things to consider: What time should you get up in the morning? How long does it take to get ready? How will you get to work? If you use public transport, find out the schedule beforehand and how long the commute will be.
This will tell you what time you’d need to wake up in the morning and what time you’d need to go to bed at night in order to get enough sleep.
Create a list of contacts
This is very important! Build up a list of contacts during your learnership and work on staying in contact with each even after you’ve left the company. Once you apply for a job, you’ll be asked for a list of references and letters of recommendation. This is where your performance, work ethic, and relationship building skills become important.
Ask for feedback
Ask to meet with your mentor on a regular basis to talk about your progress and whether there is something you can do to improve. This will show that you are serious about the role and that you are willing to take criticism in order to improve.
Bonus! Write a thank-you note afterwards. This one ties in with number six – at the end of your learnership period, write a thank-you note to your mentor and anyone else that went out of their way to teach you throughout your time there.
Lasting impressions are extremely important.