Should I go to university or do an apprenticeship?

Over the last few months, we have spent a lot of time out and about at school events. We are regularly asked “Should I go to university or do an apprenticeship?”. Now, we can’t make this decision for you. In fact, no one can make this decision for you. It’s something you have to decide yourself. However, we are here to help you, here are some points that will help…

Skills for the workplace

Moving into an apprenticeship will require you to manage your studies for your qualification and your job. This isn't an easy task. The only way to ensure you are successful in the workplace is to prepare yourself and ensure you have the skills required. This includes organisation, time management, communication and teamwork. 

Before applying for an apprenticeship, you need to consider if you have these skills as well as the willingness to juggle your work/life balance.

Leaving education

You may not realise it, but education provides you with so much more than “just” your lessons and learning time. You also have the support of your teachers, you’re surrounded by friends every day and there is always someone around to help you. This support environment shouldn’t be taken for granted. You need to consider if you are ready to leave education in the traditional sense. There will be support for you if you enter an apprenticeship, but don’t expect it to be the same level of support as you get in the education system. 

Needing a degree

There are some degrees, like medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine that can only be studied at university. Do your research as you may find that the subject you’re looking for is not yet offered as a degree apprenticeship.

Consider your end goal

This should always be the most important thing and, when making a choice, you should always consider where you are trying to get to. For example, if you want to be an engineer, you need an engineering degree. That is your end goal. To do this, you can do an apprenticeship or go to university. The choice is yours, but don’t differ from your end goal - i.e. don’t just take a job in a mechanics because you can earn more money in a shorter period of time! 

Be selfish

There, we said it. At the beginning of this blog, we mentioned that this is your choice and no one else's. Therefore, you have to be selfish! Don’t stick around your hometown because of your great gran. Don’t study a subject because your uncle thinks it’s a good idea. Don’t apply to a uni because your friend is. This is your life and if you don’t make decisions for yourself, you will regret it.

Create your Not Going to Uni account to look at what apprenticeship opportunities are available.

 

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