Apprenticeship Or Degree?
Pros of an Apprenticeship
- No debt. You will not incur any debts when doing your apprenticeship. As a matter of fact, you will be earning money. This is in comparison to university where you will be on the wrong side of loans, tuition fees etc.
- You will gain real life experience which is invaluable in this day and age. In this modern society, experience is essential in landing your ideal job. An apprenticeship will offer you that experience and on most occasions, the company doing your apprenticeship will also be glad to bring you on board full time also.
- There are many apprenticeships in a variety of different sectors so there is plenty of choice for you to choose from.
- With apprenticeships in general, you won’t have to do any studying. So no more late night revision sessions or stressing because of an exam that is coming up. With apprenticeships, you will be offered working at a company and you will be given a varied learning experience by doing.
- You will be three to four years ahead of anyone going to university and doing a degree because you will be in the workforce permanently at this moment in time.
Pros of a Degree
- The starting salary of a graduate will be much higher than that of an apprentice. This is because the minimum wage of an apprentice is much lower than any other form of employee.
- Certain careers and particular jobs will only be accessible to a person who has a degree. Their requirement would ask for a 2:1 in any degree or may just ask for a degree, period. So going to university and getting that degree will open up these doors for you. Careers that normally have these requirements are Medicine and Science.
- The job security is much higher for someone who has a degree than someone who has gone down the apprenticeship route. Employers are less likely to fire someone with a degree because they are aware that they have knowledge in their chosen field.
- Networking is an unspoken and a very crucial aspect of university which can lead to huge success in your future. You can create very good contacts in university who can end up helping you for your future career. If you do go down the degree route, then go out of your way to network as much as possible and create those invaluable contacts!
In my opinion, both routes help you on your way to become successful in your future career. I believe that it all depends on the individual and the specific industry they wish to go in. This should dictate which route you would like to go down.