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Vienna Shelton

Should I stay in Sixth Form or do an Apprenticeship?

Posted: 12/04/16 by Vienna Shelton

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I'm currently in my first year of A-Levels but as time progresses I'm starting to hate it more and more. I'm not motivated to do what is required of me to get the grades I would need for Uni and I don't even think I want to go in the first place. Sixth Form is draining me and I just want to get out there and work... but I don't want to be stuck in a dead end job when I want to settle down in life. I seriously do not think that school is for me any more and I want to know if I should drop out of Sixth Form after my AS exams and take an apprenticeship... I also want to know if doing this will still allow me to have a successful career in the future, such as teaching or childcare? At my level of education, with good GCSE qualifications under my belt, can I get a good apprenticeship?

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  • NGtU Career Advisor

    Hi Vienna

    It's not for me or anyone else to tell you what you should do. You will have to take those decisions yourself.

    If you're really unhappy doing A levels it might be a no brainer to consider switching to an apprenticeship at the end of this academic year.

    The important thing is that you take any decision about your future on the basis of good information about the pros and cons associated with the competing options available.

    So you must do a lot of research, reading and thinking before committing to any specific course of action.

    It really isn't sensible to regard the academic pathway as leading to good careers and the job/apprenticeship pathway as leading to "dead end" jobs. That isn't the way the world works.

    Loads of people go to university and then struggle to find a suitable job opening after graduating. Plenty of people who do an apprenticeship use it as a launch pad to an interesting and rewarding career. It very much depends on the individual - their motivation, determination etc.

    Having said all that, if you have good GCSE grades you should be in a good position to go after an interesting apprenticeship.

    You mentioned teaching. That is very definitely a graduate only occupation and over recent decades there has been a trend towards most professional jobs requiring at least a first degree. Child care is a different story. It is definitely possible to enter that line of work through an apprenticeship provided you're prepared to accept the generally poor levels of salary in that industry. With determination and talent it would be possible to eventually move up to more responsible and better rewarded roles.

    Hope that helps a bit. for more on apprenticeships have a look at this:

    http://www.careersadviceforparents.org/p/apprenticeship.html

    http://www.careersadviceforparents.org/2013/05/finding-apprenticeship.html

    Regards

    Chris

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