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Digital and Technology Solutions Apprentices

Meet Rosie, one of our Digital and Technology Solutions apprentices

Click below to hear about Rosie’s experiences of apprentice life and why she chose an apprenticeship at AstraZeneca.

Rosie talks about studying for a BSc (Hons) in Digital and Technology Solutions.

Read about Steph, another one of our Digital and Technology Solutions apprentices

My name is Steph and I am a third year IT degree apprentice at AstraZeneca, studying for my BSc in Digital and Technology Solutions at Manchester Metropolitan University.

As an IT apprentice, AstraZeneca offer a number of 8 month job rotations during the 4 years to allow us to gain exposure to different areas of IT and experience different job roles. I am currently on my fourth rotation, as a Data Analyst, within in UK Operations Supply Chain and Sourcing. My previous rotations have been in Technology Innovation as an Innovation Developer, Operations IT as a Business Analyst and End User Services as a Service Improvement Analyst.

Why did I choose to do an apprenticeship and not go to university?

When I was doing my A Levels, university was all anybody talked about. Have you done your personal statement yet? Which universities have you applied for? What course are you doing?

I felt applying to university was very overwhelming but applied as I felt pressured to do so. Apprenticeships were not often talked about during Sixth Form so university seemed, at the time, to be the only option.

I began looking at what apprenticeships were available because I knew deep down I didn’t want to move away to university. When I found the apprenticeship offered by AstraZeneca it got me very excited about the opportunity. It would offer me 4 years work experience as well as a degree. I applied, which led to being invited to an assessment day. A few days later I received a call offering me a place on the degree apprenticeship program.

How do I manage working and studying at the same time?

I quickly found the balance between work and university study. After the first term of university, I found what style I like to learn in. As I am working 4 days a week and study the other 1 day, it motivates me to be organised with my studying. Lists have become my best friend and starting my assignments as soon as I can is a must as I like to gather peer review feedback on my assignments too.

What is it like working at AstraZeneca?

Doing my degree apprenticeship at AstraZeneca has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Looking back, I don’t feel like I have missed out on the “university life”. I have an amazing mentor and a fantastic buddy, who are always willing to help and support me. The opportunities I have been given are indescribable and I feel my colleagues at AstraZeneca really believe in me and my ability to do my job whilst studying!

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