I was attracted to the Sponsored Degree Programme as it offered the ability to study and gain experience at the same time.
The fact that our fees were paid for and we received a wage were big considerations too! I think people should definitely look at the alternatives: university is not the be-all-and-end-all.
Now that I’ve graduated, I have to admit that I found striking the balance between work and study a challenge to start with, but you get used to it – and it’s an important life-skill. On the flip side, the social life was great – best of both worlds! And the best part was having a disposable income to visit friends at universities around the UK! And when those friends graduated, I had a great head start: I’m leading a team on my current project.
I wish I knew how good the programme was, and then I could have told my friends to apply as well!