Which choice is best for you?
We’ve spoken about the pros and cons of an apprenticeship and uni – there’s positives to both. The message we want to get across is that apprenticeships have changed, for the better. Ultimately when you choose your next steps after school it needs to be what you want to do. It’s not what everyone else is doing, not what your parents want you to do, it’s your decision.
Depending on where you live, the yearly university fees can be paid for by a loan. You never see the money, but once you’ve completed the 3 or 4 years and received your degree, the bank statements come through, reminding you of the sizeable ‘debt’ and how much interest is being added to it.
It won’t affect you at all, if you get a job straight from university, a tiny bit of your salary will automatically be paid back to the bank, not even making a dent in the fees.
The other obvious choice for many, is getting straight into work. Why go back into school when you can have freedom from classes and course work? You want to earn money, get some freedom from education, begin your career. However, this route usually comes with a warning: “You won’t get paid very well and the jobs available don’t have much room for progression without qualifications.”
An apprenticeship provides the learner with a mixture of the above. If you didn’t like school and don’t want to go back into the classroom setting, but equally fear getting trapped and bored in a low paid job as a waiter, van driver or supermarket store assistant, then becoming an apprentice may be just what you are looking for.
Combining: experience, learning, a wage and progression routes, it’s a win-win situation.