From Trainers to Tenners | Jen Chats About Her Apprenticeship Career Change
Ever thought of making a drastic career change? It may sound daunting to some but Jennifer Fairclough, Credit Controller at Morson has done just that with the help of Morson’s Apprentice scheme.
After finishing college, Jen enrolled on her first Apprenticeship at a small manufacturing firm making trainers. But when the opportunity to join Morson as an Apprentice Credit Controller came up, she couldn’t say no!
Over the past two years, Jen has completed her Apprenticeship and now works as a Credit Controller with a certificate in Credit Management. We sat down with Jen to find out more about her inspiring journey from trainers to tenners…
Did you have any previous experience in working in Finance before your Apprenticeship?
“I didn’t have any experience in Finance before starting with Morson but along the way, I’ve had a lot of support from managers and team members in the business. I’ve sat down with colleagues from other teams such as compliance to work out how their role ties in with Credit Control too. Everyone has been really helpful and encouraging of my learning.”
How would you summarise the training that you’ve received?
“The training I have received from my manager has been amazing, they have given their time up to help me and build my confidence up to enable me to work to my best ability. This support, alongside the course, has developed my knowledge and allowed me to progress at Morson.”
We asked Jen if she could describe a typical day at Morson:
“There’s no such thing as a typical day in Credit Control! My role is ensuring all debt is collected and paid on time. I have to be proactive in my role ensuring clients have received all invoices and dealing with any queries they have as they arise. I also have to raise applications, manage cash allocations and raise any manual invoices needed – so it’s definitely varied!”
What would you say to anyone looking to enrol on an Apprenticeship or maybe embark on a career change?
“I would recommend an Apprenticeship because you complete a qualification whilst working within the role. It’s allowed me to identify any strengths, weaknesses and most of all develop my skills. Learning whilst you work means you can put the theory that you learn into practice straight away and continue to develop your skills on the job whilst being paid.”
What are your plans for the future?
“I’d really like to complete the next level Apprentice in Credit Control and continue to learn more. You have nothing to lose doing an Apprenticeship at Morson and with the industry-changing all the time you can always develop further.”