Should you do an Apprenticeship?

Coincidentally, as I was planning to create this post, it’s actually National Apprenticeship Week. It’s coming to that time to decide what to do after you complete your GCSEs at secondary school or A-Levels (or equivalent) at college. Most people will think that the route after GCSEs is at college, and the route after A-Levels is at a university. There are many alternative options that are just as good, if not, better.

After completing my GCSEs, I followed the crowd and joined the Sixth form College attached to my secondary school. Most people just go with the flow and will not even consider other options.

Biggest Mistake: I didn’t do enough research.

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The Work/Travel Balance

Have you ever spontaneously thought about wanting to get on the next plane to anywhere and travel? I certainly have.

My daily routine involves getting up at 06:00, commuting to the office by foot and train and getting there by 08:30, then finishing work at 16:30 and getting back home by 18:00. Long day, isn’t it? Imagine doing this until you reach retirement; I couldn’t. Luckily, for me, this routine is a taster for what there is to come as I’m an apprentice at a world-leading IT company.  No risk, no debt; just experiencing the role that I could see myself doing for the next 5-10 years. That’s what I like about apprenticeships – you can see your chosen career path and the opportunities it presents more clearly and it allows you the flexibility to take control of your decisions. If you think that career path is not suited to you, then there’s no harm done in leaving and there’s no cost to it either.

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