Hello, I Am Humza
I decided to go for an apprenticeship as it gave me a hands on approach to learning; it was important to me to understand and learn in the moment.
Tell us more about your experience
Sitting in the commercial team of IRI every day is different,
with so much to learn. The primary purpose of my role is to support
delivering growth across clients and to IRI as a business. This is in the form
of providing insight consultancy, training, or simply providing the right
solution. The best part of my role as an apprentice is that I am exposed to all
business areas ranging from finance, marketing, and sales!
The most exciting project I have worked with IRI on was a
collaboration insight delivery project with a strategic supplier and retailer.
The project was focused on analysing performance following a significant change
in category. I led the project that helped drive suppliers’ relationship with
the retailer and created actionable insight resulting in a published case study.
My proudest moment so far has been my involvement with IRI's
DEI innovative. The project allowed me to mentor and help develop young talent
from disadvantaged backgrounds. Part of the project was sharing the work with the whole business in a town hall, which felt great knowing IRI supports apprentices presenting back to such a large audience. The project's impact was
significant and has been further developed into ongoing initiatives.
‘’Before applying, think about the sectors that appeal to you
and what roles you can use for within them’’.
I would advise candidates to really think about why they are
going for an apprenticeship - do you know the opportunity cost of not going to
university? You might miss out on experiences with friends, but you will get a
qualification and earn money whilst developing a career. Your job role at most
companies will likely be dynamic, but your industry is an essential part of
your work life.
Apprenticeships are highly competitive as there is plenty of
young talent. I applied and was rejected countless times before getting an
offer, so don’t give up! Everything happens for a reason. I remember missing
out on a role I really wanted and thought it was the end of the world, but now
I am far better off. Patience and persistence are vital.
I am so grateful for my employer IRI who have been
outstanding throughout my apprenticeship journey. IRI has supported me by
giving me the flexibility and freedom to explore my role and pursue my own
agenda. The biggest help has been the network of other IRI apprentices and
early career professionals who are always willing to support. IRI offers
flexible working, time off for charity pursuits and has a great culture that
has allowed me to grow.
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