Victoria Rawlings – TRS Claims
From staying on at Evesham High School Sixth Form, now DMS, I was excited to be accepted by the University of Wales Institute to study Sports Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage and have that much needed independence. After 2 years at university, I realised I didn’t want to pursue a career in this field and much preferred my part time job within Promotion and Sales.
I made the difficult decision to leave my life in Cardiff behind with no idea what to do but felt I needed to start my career as I’m quite ambitious and felt disappointed to not finish my degree. Looking at my part time role whilst at university, I decided on a marketing role. Given my lack of experience and my drive to continue to learn, I began looking into apprenticeships in Worcestershire as I wanted to continue my education but have a career at the same time.
Now nearly reaching 3 years experience within the insurance industry I have successfully acquired Higher Level Apprentice of the Year & Worcestershire Apprenticeship of the Year 2015, finalist for Young Woman in Business and Rising Star for The Claims Awards. Within 4 months this year, I have gained 3 new contracts for the company bringing in a gross profit of £9.5m and will double the workforce for the company, some of which will of course include apprentices!
My apprenticeship ambassador role has not finished will me continuing my work with Worcestershire Apprenticeships and joining West Midlands Young Apprenticeship Ambassador Network. This is due to give back to a scheme that has given me so much! I would highly recommend this route to anyone who has the desire to earn whilst you learn.