William Paul was quite academic at school, gaining good A levels but unsure what to do after his exams. Like many of his peers, he applied to Manchester Metropolitan University to do a business degree and continue his education. But, it was not what he expected.
He says: "I'd worked through the summer and I found the adjustment to learning full time again quite difficult. I don't think the course was right for me, but I was also used to having some responsibility in my job and having money in the bank."
Will saw an advert for a digital marketing apprentice role here at 9xb, so bravely decided to leave university.
"The decision to apply was a no-brainer, really," says Will. "I would get the chance to continue my education, get a recognised qualification as well as be in a working environment and learn from those around me. Oh, and I'd earn money too!"
Will is now undertaking a level 3 apprenticeship in digital marketing delivered by Intec Business Solutions. At 9xb we ensure our staff are thoroughly trained in the basics and being up to date with new applications is essential. Will has taken all of this on board and continues to learn.
"I'm really enjoying working for 9xb, as well as working alongside senior project managers on major websites that need a full build, I also have some clients of my own and undertake web enhancement work for them that helps me build up my portfolio. I'm lucky enough to have worked with clients that everyone has heard of including the Post Office, M&S and Harrogate Spring Water!
I enjoy testing usability for the sites and the technicalities as I have an eye for detail. But I also like to use my creativity and this role combines my skills perfectly.
This is the career for me. It's what I wanted to do anyway after uni, now I'm back on track."