As you can probably guess from the title, I’m an apprentice at Kingston Capital Finance; in the midst of completing a digital marketing apprenticeship. I’ve always been pretty questionable about going to uni, is it for me? Which course do I take? Is it worth all of the debt? Etc, etc, etc, as I’m sure many people will have also experienced at my age. I finally decided that I wanted to jump straight into working life. As many of you will know, finding a job with little or no experience can be very, very difficult. That’s why an apprenticeship is the perfect way to get your foot in the door and begin your career.
There is definitely a lot of negative views towards apprentices – ‘college drop outs’, ‘not smart enough to get into university’ – need I continue? When really, this isn’t the case at all. I believe that choosing to go down the route of an apprenticeship demonstrates drive and determination. It shows that you’re willing to start at the bottom, eager to learn everything you can in order to get where you want to be.
When I was looking for an apprenticeship, people didn’t hold back with their views about what I was getting myself into. Some people seem to have the perception that as an apprentice, you’re not seen as a valued member of the team, you don’t have a voice, your opinions aren’t heard and essentially, you’re just a puppet to do all the crap jobs that no one else wants to do.
From my experience at Kingston Capital Finance, this couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m constantly encouraged to bring new ideas to the table and always give my opinion, allowing me to add as much value to the company as possible. I’ve been given the flexibility to grow and take on more and more responsibility. I’ve gotten to experience so much in the past 9 months of being here and been given so many great opportunities, which I would have never experienced had I gone to university.
As more people are opting for apprenticeships and other alternatives to university, there’s a hope that a lot of these negative views will disappear. Let’s hope that more and more company’s will start to offer apprenticeships to motivated, young individuals who are looking to develop a career for themselves.
So, if you’re someone who has ever had a sour opinion on apprentices, just remember – we are the future.
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