Making Sure You Choose The Right ApprenticeshipPosted: 29th of April 2015 by
There are a wide range of apprenticeships available, which can make choosing the right one difficult. While all apprenticeships should offer you a qualification whilst you earn a wage and gain valuable work experience, you don’t want to just sign up to the first apprenticeship you see. An apprenticeship will last a minimum of 12 months, and you certainly don’t want to waste that sort of time on the wrong course. When choosing an apprenticeship it is important to ask a few questions to work out if it is right for you.
Before you can ask these questions, you will need to work out what your long-term goals are. If you have a direction you would like to take your career, or even a specific job or field of work, then this will be easier. Therefore try to take some time to think about what sort of work you would like to get into – you may be surprised to see the wide range of apprenticeships that are available, so just write down what comes to mind. Once you have your dream job list, you will be ready to search for appropriate opportunities.
The first thing an apprenticeship should be is useful to you. There is no point in pursuing a path that doesn’t lead where you want to go., so ask yourself if the apprenticeship will be useful to you. There is every chance you will work for a few companies over the course of your working life, so think about the skills and experience you will learn on your apprenticeship, and how they may benefit you in the future. Will the skills you learn apply to other jobs, or are you training for something very specific? Think where else your learning could take you.
Once you have thought about the skills you are to learn, it might be worth thinking about where you will work. Remember, an apprenticeship is like a real paid job with training added on, so it is worth researching the company offering the apprenticeship. Different employers have different ways of working and different environments, even within the same industry. Think about whether the company looks like the sort of place you would like to work, and see if you can find out what support they offer their apprentices. You might also want to check whether there is an opportunity to work with them once you finish training.
Finally, ask yourself if you think the apprenticeship will challenge you. You don’t want to spend the next year or more feeling unmotivated and bored because the work is too easy or simply not what you thought it was. See if you can speak with someone who has already done something similar to see if it sounds right for you.
While you will also want to investigate what qualifications you need, and what you will receive once you complete your apprenticeship, by asking yourself some of these ‘softer,’ more personal questions about what you hope to get out of the experience, and where you want to go next, you can make sure you make the right choice.
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