Taimur Hashmi

1. Did you go straight into your Apprenticeship from school?

After finishing my A levels I contemplated going to University and in the end decided it wasn’t for me. I then attempted to pursue YouTube content creation with some friends but after that fell through, I thought I should probably get a real job without the constant unwelcome distraction of literal bankruptcy. I then got a part time job with a café while pursuing apprenticeship opportunities.


2. Why did you choose to do an Apprenticeship?

I chose to do an Apprenticeship because it seemed like a good way to gain experience in an office environment while getting paid and gaining a qualification at the same time. It’s the perfect balance of further education and work experience and sets you up really well for working life.


3. How did you find out about your Apprenticeship?

I found out about my Apprenticeship trawling google for entry level jobs and found there were a lot of apprenticeships available. After researching into them a bit more I thought they would be very well suited to me, so I went and applied!


4. What have you gained from your Apprenticeship - skills, experience etc.?

The experience I have gained at TSS working with the very experienced team here has been invaluable. I’ve gained knowledge and skills I’m confident I’ll be able to use throughout my career. Being only 6 months into my Apprenticeship I have already learned a great deal about recruitment, but I’ve still got a ways to go.


5. What has been your proudest moment so far from doing your Apprenticeship?

I don’t think I’ve had a single proudest moment, however I am very proud of how I’m growing in confidence in my role and of how much I have achieved in the short time I have been working for TSS.


6. What do you plan to do next? 

My future plans aren’t set in stone as of yet, but I would be very happy continuing to work for the University for the foreseeable future.


7. How will your/has your Apprenticeship helped you to achieve this?

My Apprenticeship would help me in achieving this because it gives me very valuable University experience as well as experience using the University’s systems.


8. What advice would you give to a young person who might be thinking about an Apprenticeship?

There’s lots of different kinds of Apprenticeships, do your research, find out what’s right for you, and then apply!


9. What advice would you give an employer who is considering employing an apprentice?

Do it.



Contact us

Apprenticeships Team

T: +44 1865 270536

E: apprenticeships@admin.ox.ac.uk