Apprenticeship or University

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Blog

In light of National Apprenticeship Week (6-10th March), it is only right we have the discussion;

University or Apprenticeship? Which is worth it?

Instead of ending with this, I’m going to start with is, regardless of what is said here, do what you feel is right for you follow your gut as they say.

Now that, that is out of the way, let’s get down to it.

After two years at university, I think I’m done with it. The idea of being in lectures and doing essays no longer appeals to me and for the first time in a long time, I want more for my self. I confess to being one of those people that went to university because it was the next logical step. 

Do I regret it? Definitely not. University brought some amazing friends into my life and although university is not exactly about making friends, I’ll definitely say that I  have the most stable group of friends I’ve had in a long time. University also gave me a voice. Lectures, seminars and essays can be boring, but outside of that I was able to finally stand up for myself and if something was not right, I spoke up. It can cause some eyebrows, but if I’m paying 9k a year then I’m going to make sure i’m getting my moneys worth and getting the support I need.

The highly debated part of university is the price. I’m currently on a intermission from university and was the last year to have to pay 9k. With the government giving the go ahead to raise tuition fees, if I do decide to leave university, I’ll have to pay back 18k will anyone who started university after before me will be forced to pay more. I’ll be honest, although I only have one year remaining, the fact that I have to pay 9k for something I’m not sure I really sure I care about, I’d rather cut my losses as early as possible and actually do something I enjoy.

 So apprenticeships will be the next logical step no? Well let’s weigh it up together shall we? Pros, I’ll be working and learning. Remember that interviewer who said you have a wonderful degree, but no experience? Well apprenticeships minimise this. You earn, gain experience and get a qualification and there is no debt to your name. However also note, many university courses have a placement year/internship that allows you to gain practical experience.

There is also the issue that not all careers can be accessed through a apprenticeships so be aware that although you might not like the idea of it, university might be the only way to attain the career you want. Both an apprenticeship and a degree require incredible amounts of dedication, responsibility and organisation so whatever you decide to do, remember it should be something you are passionate about and you will be proud of.