Did you know a recent survey by BC Student Outcomes revealed that 96 per cent of former auto mechanic apprentices were employed after their apprenticeship? While this number is surely impressive and promising, there are plenty of ways you can boost your chances of securing a coveted spot as a permanent team member after your apprenticeship. While working hard and doing your best are two main factors that will impress your supervisor, there are some other ways you can optimize your chances of receiving a job offer.
Read on to learn how you can secure a job through your apprenticeship!
Choose Your Auto Mechanic Apprenticeship Wisely
Beginning the process of looking for an apprenticeship can be overwhelming for students, but it doesn’t have to be! Knowing what you’re looking for and what’s most important to you will help you narrow down your selection and choose an apprenticeship that’s right for you and your career goals.
Many companies that advertise apprenticeships will list in the job description that there may be an opportunity for employment after the apprenticeship is over. These positions are great opportunities, because you know right off the bat that employment is an option down the line. However, that doesn’t mean that you should disregard other listings that don’t provide details about employment. If you find a listing that looks like a great fit, ask the instructors in your mechanic certification program if they know of any students who have completed their apprenticeship with the company, and if they received an offer for employment after.
It’s important to remember that if you’re committed to working with the company after you’re done your apprenticeship, you should make sure you conduct thorough research before accepting the position. Learn about the company’s reputation, culture, and employment perks, to ensure there are no surprises if you’re offered a job near the end of your apprenticeship. This will also help you prepare for and ace your initial interview with the company!
Build a Trusting Relationship with the Individuals You Work With
Relationship building is key when you’re vying for a job after your auto mechanic apprenticeship. Making personal connections with everyone you work with will improve your likability and help everyone imagine you as an essential part of the team. In addition, by building relationships with your coworkers, you begin to earn their trust. This trust is extremely valuable as an apprentice because once you form a trusting bond with your managers and supervisors, you become increasingly indispensible. If they are going to hire someone around the time you complete your apprenticeship, why wouldn’t they just hire you?
As your coworkers begin to trust you and rely on you to get important tasks done, they will start to view you as a critical team member. Therefore, your goal as an apprentice should be to make yourself a crucial part of the team. You can do this by working your absolute hardest, being on time, taking on different tasks, and embracing challenges. By showing that you’re willing to put your heart and soul into your apprenticeship, your coworkers will see you as a vital part of the team, which will make it much harder for them to let you go once your time as an apprentice is up.
Don’t Be Afraid to Bring up the Topic of Employment at the End of Your Auto Mechanic Apprenticeship
As an apprentice, you may miss out on an important employment opportunity if you never bring up the topic of employment. When you’re nearing the end of your time as an apprentice and have decided you want to work for the company, ask your supervisor or manager if you can sit down and discuss your experience. During the meeting you can share what you’ve learned, how you’ve grown, and why you believe you’ll be a great asset to the company. This opens the conversation to the possibility of employment, and shows your manager that you’re willing and eager to officially join the team.
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