(Before I start, please note that I haven’t really made any similar type of thread like this one before so don’t expect any fancy usage of BB code or any of that stuff. All feedback is welcomed though!) For the past few years, I have seen hundreds of people apply for trainee with great confidence in themselves only to see them self-disappointed after being denied. That’s why I decided to make this kind of encouraging type of thread for all of you out there who had any similar experiences. So, to start off, I’m going to tell you about my personal experience with trainee applications. So yeah, hi, My name is Klobko, but you can call me Klob, Klobby or just Filip and I’m one of the very few active members here at Mineplex who are from Czechoslovakia. Just like all of you, I had indeed applied for Trainee. Hah, I applied for trainee around 5 times by now and as you probably guessed, I got denied each time. The first application I submitted lasted less than one single day. Funny, right? Well, my next two applications I submitted all both lasted less than 48 hours. I was pretty demotivated from being denied three times in a row for the same reason. Not making any further progress. But, I didn’t want to give up. I was determined to continue applying. So I took some time, made my intentions clear, expanded my knowledge about the staff team greatly and after 8 days of patiently waiting, I was invited to the interview. I couldn’t believe it when I saw that one notification on the conversations button. That was probably one of the best feelings I had in a long time. After taking my interview, I actually made it to the observations and I lasted 2 weeks before being denied. But I still surpassed all of the expectations I had this time and I’m proud of myself for that to this day. So yeah, the main point of that story is that no matter how unlikely it seems, everyone can reach their goals as long they try their hardest and the best they can. Now, on to the actual things I highly recommend you to do after finding yourself in a situation where you have been denied from trainee. The first thing I highly advise you to do is to take some time off and think about things you did wrong and how to improve them for the next time. There are a lot of things you can get denied for and each one is not like the other one. For cases where you have been denied for say, recent punishment or missing in-game time, there’s not so much to do other than wait or meet those requirements. But if you have been denied for reasons like not ready or lack of depth, you really need to think about what you did wrong and how to not repeat the same mistake over and over again. I don’t also recommend you to instantly apply each time after the 2 weeks wait time has passed, but again, it really matters what you have been denied for. One thing you should always remember is that there is always a specific meaning behind why you have been denied for and you should always message a recruiter who has denied your application. Another thing, never, but NEVER compare yourself to others. I did that mistake during my time and trust me, it can hurt a lot. You should think about yourself as a unique human being because that’s what you are. Some people might have been accepted on their first application, but remember that it took some more than 20+ tries. No one is perfect but everyone is still unique and the main thing that should matter to you is being able to get accepted. Not the amount of tries it takes you. My last piece of advice to you is to have someone to talk to. This might not seem that helpful but trust me, being able to talk to someone about your feelings and emotions after being denied. It can truly help you so much that you won’t believe it. It’s what I did and well, I’m still here today writing this thread for all of the other community members. Aren’t I? So, this is the end of this rather awkward but hopefully helpful thread of mine. I feel like I could have done a lot better but hey, this is my first time doing something like this so everyone has to start somewhere. Right? Anyways, One last note from me. Even if you have been denied from trainee, that doesn’t mean you still can’t contribute to the network in any real efficient way. In my eyes, the only real difference between a trainee and a community member is that trainees can punish users. You can still be just as helpful as you would be if you have been promoted to a trainee. You can also still always apply for other community sub-teams like Ideas team or Map Testing. While those might not be your destinies, they can still help you a lot and will probably give you a good idea about how teams work in general here on Mineplex. Well. That’s about it. All feedback is highly appreciated so, take your time to let me know if there’s anything I could have done better! Good luck to all of you trainee applicants out there!