Why An Apprenticeship May Be A Better Choice Than UniversityPosted: 3rd of February 2015 by
For years apprenticeships were seen as the poor relation to going to university. The University degree was traditionally seen as the best option to get ahead with your career and end up earning the highest wages, while apprenticeships were derided as a lesser option for those who were not talented or bright enough to go to university. However, times have changed and the tables are turning with the cost of university tuition being a genuine concern, while a paucity of graduate level jobs has also seen many university leavers struggling to find the work they desire. This has led to an increased demand for apprenticeship places as more people are seeing them as a genuine alternative to university. So, here we present five reasons why you might want to seriously consider an apprenticeship…
Taking an apprenticeship will offer you genuine, relevant experience of a particular industry. Rather than spending your time on a degree course that may not really relate to your career goals, you can gain some direct experience via an apprenticeship – experience that will look good on your C.V. when it comes to applying for work. You will, of course, gain relevant skills at the same time, and could wind up getting a job with the company you did your apprenticeship with!
2. Make Money
Rather than shelling out on tuition fees, an apprenticeship will actually see you earning some money while you learn. OK, so the minimum wage of £2.65 an hour for those under 19 is not going to be life-changing, but there is something to be said for earning a wage while you learn rather than paying for the privilege!
3. Get Qualified
An apprenticeship is more than on-the-job training, as you will attain a relevant qualification once you have completed your course. The fact that the qualification is directly relevant to the area of work that you want to enter into should not be ignored. This, when coupled with the experience mentioned above, will offer you a head-start when it comes to landing your dream job.
4. Take Things Further
While your apprenticeship can lead you directly into work, you don’t need to head straight into employment. You may decide to take your studies further with a BETC, NVQ, or Advanced Apprenticeship. You can also take these qualifications forward should you decide to head to university later on.
5. Be More Employable
With directly relevant experience, an apprenticeship will allow you to show that you are the right fit for a job – even when compared to a university graduate. University offers many great things, but experience is rarely one of them. By contrast, an apprenticeship will give you 1 or 2 years of direct experience in the field you wish to work in. You may have also built up some strong contacts in the industry or at the company where your apprenticeship took place. There is no getting around the fact that the world of work revolves around relationships - and by being involved you will have the chance to build these up during your apprenticeship – maybe even landing a job before it is even advertised!
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