Joe’s Journey: How an Apprentice Makes a Difference
Sometimes, the University route isn’t the best suited to your style. That’s how Joe felt when he was at school and decided to take a less traditional route.
Skip forward a few years and he’s travelled the world, set up his own business, joined L’Oréal on an apprenticeship programme and become the face of the IT YouTube Channel!
We sat down with Joe to understand what ticks his boxes and how he came to be part of the biggest beauty player in the world.
So Joe, how come you didn’t take ‘the university route’ like many others?
To be honest, when I was halfway through my A Levels, I realised I didn’t want to pursue a degree that my heart wouldn’t be in. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I travelled to the Middle East where I’d secured a teaching job, and spent 2 years developing my photography business.
“The non-academic experience really helped me realise that I wanted to do a Business degree”
A friend of mine who had joined an apprenticeship scheme for a big 4 accountancy company told me it was the best decision she’d ever made. It was at this point that I started looking around at different apprenticeship options through sites such as all about school leavers and not going to Uni and I found L’Oréal!
Wow, that’s a pretty unique experience! What made you decide to choose L’Oréal though?
There are loads of apprenticeships at lots of different companies, but I felt that L’Oréal in particular resonated with my values. Out of all the options, they seemed like a solid, ethical employer who would help me develop my career in IT. They were offering a role in IT which was exactly what I wanted to go into, so there was no stopping me at that point!
“The fact that Armani Beauty is a L’Oréal brand probably sealed the deal with Code and Stronger with You being my two favourite fragrances”
Well, we’re pleased you’re here! Hopefully the fun hasn’t stopped there?
Absolutely not! Most importantly, I love what I do. My role is flexible and encompasses my love for content creation in a way I hadn’t expected from the job description.
I was given responsibility after only 9–12 months in the business (all at the ripe old age of 20!), and the exposure of working closely with Executive Leadership members are definitely highlights.
“It’s an exciting job where I feel like I’m taken seriously”
And now you’re here, what is the best advice you’ve had?
Be prepared to turn everything you’ve done around on its head the day before delivery — things can change and if you manage that, you’ll do well at L’Oréal. I lost track of the number of times I heard that from colleagues in my first 2 months, but now it makes sense.
“Network, network, network! The value of community and relationships is so powerful and it can serve you well to learn from others and understand the business much better”
You must have plans in mind for the future though, right?
To be honest, I’m hoping that my role in L’Oréal IT will continue after the apprenticeship. Beyond that, I’d see my experience at L’Oréal helping my film-making career for sure. I’ve already got my freelancing business off the ground, so I guess the next thing on the list would be landing more major clients.
You heard it here first, Hollywood; Joe is coming for you!
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