First of all, congratulations for getting through to the second stage of the Degree Apprenticeship application! Degree Apprenticeships are intensely competitive, and it is important that you can make yourself stand out from other candidates, in order to demonstrate that you are the best person suited for the role. The workshop will give you a chance to show off your skills, across a range of different tasks that will take place over the 3 hours. They include:
- A Watson Glaser critical thinking test
- A group activity
- An Individual written task based upon the group activity
- A brief interview with a Pearson Business School tutor
I myself am a new degree apprentice at Pearson College London, and in order to help you get through the second stage of your application, I have created a list of tips and advice based upon my own experience.
If there is one thing you should get out from this blog, it is that preparation is key. Prepare by researching the role and Pearson Business School, prepare for potential questions, prepare your journey, and even prepare a smart outfit ready. Being organised will lower your stress levels, therefore making you more level headed throughout the day.
Organise yourself and begin researching about Pearson College London. Understand what a FTSE 100 company is, know Pearson’s mission and values, and have a basic understanding of Pearson Business School and Escape Studios. This background research will be particularly useful to implement in the group activity, and during your interview.
Something that I wish someone had told me before attending my workshop, is that a knowledge about current affairs is invaluable. Get yourself clued up on what is happening in the world of business, as after all, you will not only be completing a degree in business management, but you will also be working within a business too! Think about the current stories you might have heard on the news, or something you might have read in a newspaper or magazine.
Like any interview, you should also prepare for potential questions. My favourite way of doing this is to list my skills and experience, and put 2-3 examples under each potential question. Therefore you are ready to answer any question by providing an example of how you have demonstrated that skill; they can be examples from a part time job, achievements at school, any extra curricular activities etc. Try to think of examples that other candidates might not use, so that you come across as unique and more likely to be remembered. Don’t google answers as interviewers can always tell - ensure they’re about your actual experiences.
You should also think of 1-2 questions you would like to ask your interviewer too. For example, you could ask questions about:
What the role would involve on a day-to-day basis
A part of Pearson Business School you would like to know more about
The direction of Pearson for the next 5 years
What your interviewers favourite part of the role is
You could also include your background research into this section in order to demonstrate your intuition and to display confidence in your understanding of Pearson Business School.
Although the interview may seem scary, many others also worry about the Watson Glaser multiple choice test. This is nothing to be afraid of, just take your time and do not over-complicate each question. It is only a small section of the workshop and you will have plenty of chances to demonstrate you skills.
Coming prepared to the workshop is important as it can help you to become more confident, particularly within the group challenge. Knowing your stuff is important, however, allow everyone in your group to voice their opinion too and build upon their ideas to come up with a strong plan together. Try to keep a balance of not being too quiet or too overpowering - the idea is to show that you can work well within a team. If someone is not contributing, provide the grounds for them to do so.
The group task will put you on a stable footing to help you with your individual writing. Gather all you ideas and write them clearly and coherently. Remember to focus on the most important aspects rather than cramming in every tiny detail as you don’t have that long to put pen to paper, so avoid rambling!
It goes without saying, that interview etiquette is also important, and it does go a long way. Remember your firm handshake and polite manners, but also make sure that you arrive 15 minutes early. This demonstrates that you are reliable and that you can handle yourself in a professional manner.
Before you arrive at the workshop, ensure to plan your journey well in advance (this way you can make sure you will arrive early!) I would also recommend to have google maps at the ready for those commuting by tube. The Pearson College London campus is only a few minutes away from Holborn station, but Google will certainly help you from getting lost.
Hopefully this advice will help you to survive your Degree Apprenticeship workshop, just remember that this is a chance for you to showcase your skills, so make the most of it and enjoy yourself! Use the workshop to gain experience and learn something new, as this will help to develop your professional career. I wish you the best of luck!
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