Why I choose an apprenticeship to launch my career in Civil Engineering
When I choose to do civil engineering I was not aware of all the routes available but I was certain of what I wanted to gain from my time at university; I wanted the degree and work experience. I valued work experience as I wanted the best chance for me to compete in the job market. Having all this in mind I started my research and came across degree apprenticeships, I had known about apprenticeships before but I had not considered it as a viable pathway for me until I did some research.
When I read about degree apprenticeships I was amazed by the prospects. It was difficult to know how the program worked as there were few resources out there and I had already finished my A-Levels so I didn’t have access to a careers service. However, I was able to call the universities directly and ask for more information about what was offered. I started comparing both a degree apprenticeship and doing a full-time degree with a year in industry. The factor that made me lean towards the degree apprenticeship was that one extra year would give me 5 years of full-time work experience and also the status of an Incorporated Engineer. After thinking about this I decided to go for the apprenticeship and following an interview I was given an offer.
Looking back at the process now in my 3rd year I would say there are pros and cons. You have to be firm with what you want from your time at university with a degree apprenticeship you won’t get much time to spend with friends. You do miss the student experience as you enter the working world from day 1. You will have a busy calendar with work, university and completing your Attributes and KSBs, so it’s important to figure out your priorities. That being said I would still choose the apprenticeship given a second chance as I have already set up the foundations for a good career. I have been able to work on exciting projects including HS2 and I have had the chance to meet some incredible people in the industry. I am earning a salary, I will gain a BEng Honours degree and also be incorporated by the end of it.
I hope that this blog will give you an idea of why I chose the apprenticeship and will help you make an informed decision on whether the program will suit you. In my other blogs, I have compared full-time degrees and degree apprenticeships which you should check out for more insight and will help you make the right decision for you. Hope you found this helpful.