Before Bryan Victor became the #2 wedding planner in Singapore, he was the guy driving around LA in an old, duct-tapped, $1,200 Honda Accord.
He was couch-surfing because he couldn’t afford nicer accommodations.
And he was ghosted by most of the people he tried to reach out to.
(🎧 👉 Listen to his amazing story here. 👈 🎧)
Getting an Apprenticeship to Advance Your Career or Get Started as an Entrepreneur
Bryan knew that getting an apprenticeship is one of the BEST ways to advance your career, or to get started as an entrepreneur in a field you don’t feel 100% prepared in yet.
Traditionally, apprenticeships are done by big companies for students and recent graduates. Basically, kind of like internships, but where you get to learn a little bit more about the hands-on aspects of the business, instead of just running around doing errands & getting coffee for people all day. ☕️
And whether you’re young or not, they’re one of the quickest ways to fast-forward your career or your entrepreneurship journey to the place where you WANT it to be, not the place you’re currently stuck in.
Sure, they’re great for students and recent graduates, but they’re great for people with a little more life experience under their belts too.
And to get one, all you have to do is ask. (Yes, really, Instructions below. 👇👇)
Prefer not to read? Listen to Episode 2 of The Business Bitch Podcast to learn how Bryan Victor got AMAZING unlisted internships & became the #2 wedding planner in Singapore as a result.
Who to Ask for an Apprenticeship
The trick here is not just Googling for an apprenticeship program & submitting your cover letter and resume via the form on the website.
Honey, we are not even going there. 🙅♀️
We’re going to do it TOTALLY differently, and we’re going to take the approach that Bryan—the guy who drove around a duct-tapped Honda Accord & then became Singapore’s #2 wedding planner—took.
You ask people in business who you LOOK UP TO.
➡️ It doesn’t matter if they’re hiring for an intern or “officially” offering an apprenticeship or not. 😉
You make a list of the people you look up to, the people you like, and the people whose businesses & careers look exactly like the business or career you want to have.
And then, you get to work.
The Steps to Getting a Valuable Apprenticeship
- Make a list of everyone you look up to, career-wise or in business.
- Find their email IDs.
- Email every single one, introducing yourself & telling them why you’d be interested to do an apprenticeship under them. Tell them part-time is fine, and that you’d be willing to work for free in exchange for the opportunity to learn the industry.
- List out some example tasks you’d be willing to do for them, that they may not love, but that would give you first-hand experience.
- When you get rejected or no one responds, keep going anyway.
- When someone responds and is willing to work with you, take them up on the opportunity.
- While working, don’t be afraid to ask difficult questions. This will give you deep insight and knowledge, and better-prepare you to go out on your own.
- Do this anywhere from 1-5 times.
Yes, most of the people you email will ignore you. In fact, prepare to be ghosted. 👻
Yes, some of them will say no.
Yes, some of them will try to turn it around on you and ask you to pay for coaching instead. 🤷♀️ 🤷♂️
Don’t take it personally.
It doesn’t mean they don’t like you, or that you’re not meant to work in the industry of your dreams.
It just means they’re too busy, they already have someone hired to fill that role, or they have too much going on in their personal life to manage another business thing right now.
Keep going, and believe that eventually someone will let you come try out working for them… even if it’s just for a couple hours per week. Any opportunity is perfect to get started with, and you’ll gain more experience with each step.
Then, you’ll be ready to take the leap: You can start applying to the job of your dreams, or you can start the business you’ve always dreamed of running. 🤩
This is exactly what Bryan did, that took him from being the guy driving around a beaten-down, duct-taped Honda Accord to LA weddings, to becoming the #2 wedding planner in Singapore.
I’ve met Bryan in person, and while he’s got a great work ethic, he’s still a normal guy. If he can put his mind to it and achieve his dreams, so can you. 🧠 😉
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