Eighteen-year-old SAM POOLE goes to South Downs College and lives at Eastney, Portsmouth. Follow him on Twitter @shjpoole.
This was after being shortlisted and invited for an interview a few weeks ago.
This time round, I found out that hundreds of people applied for the two-year apprenticeship scheme and there were only 10 invited back for a second time.
Excited, energised and more determined than ever before, I was blown away with the achievement of getting this far.
When I applied, it didn’t even cross my mind that I would get this far. I just sent off my application because it was for something I would love to do.
Fighting for one of the six positions available, I still remain optimistic and hopeful towards the outcome.
Even if I am unsuccessful, it’s the fact that I have gained ample experience with the interviewing process. There is something positive in everything we do.
At times, I guess we can be slightly pessimistic when applying for ‘big’ roles.
Sometimes, I find that people underestimate and don’t realise what they’re good at, thus bringing down their positivity.
I’ve even known people to pull themselves down saying things such as ‘I won’t get there, nobody from Portsmouth becomes successful’.
This illogical argument is clearly rubbish. I know that anybody who works hard can achieve their ambitions.
Just go full steam ahead and show people the good things you’re made of.
n The D-Day 70th anniversary commemorations were fantastic.
With countless things happening around Portsmouth, young people certainly had the opportunity to pay their respects.
It was a real honour to see thousands flood Southsea Common to remember.
I just love how traffic stopped in the area as drivers stood beside their cars taking in the memorable moments.
The war veterans who attended the events are a true inspiration to us all. The determination they showed for Britain is just remarkable.
Many youngsters are influenced by celebrity role models, however those servicemen and women should be our real role models.