Remarkable Jennie Crockart, now 21, began saving money from the age of just 16, by which point she was working five part-time jobs alongside studying for AS Levels.
By 17, Jennie decided to leave school to pursue her dream of becoming a salesperson – and was quickly able to save up to £500 a month from her apprenticeship.
Jennie, a Level 3 Advanced Sales apprentice at commercial furnishings company Furnished Homes in Yate, said: “Growing up, my parents didn’t have lots of spare money but they always told me that when I had my own job I could afford to buy whatever I liked,” she said.
At 17, Jennie made the tough decision to leave school before her A-Levels, and enrolled on a sales apprenticeship scheme with Furnished Homes.
She said: “At 17, it was a great way to start out. It’s a brilliant way to start a career in sales.”
And she encourages any youngsters considering an apprenticeship to “go for it”.
“Starting my career at such a young age has taught me a lot about life, and I’m exactly where I want to be at the moment,” she said.
“With an apprenticeship they’ll take you on, teach you how to sell, show you the ropes. It’s acknowledged you are learning and so you can progress from the bottom up without the pressure to perform amazingly from the word go.”
A success story to show it can be done Sales apprentice buys her own home aged just 20 after working five jobs rather than going to university
Determination, guts and a good apprenticeship can pay off. Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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