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Why I choose an apprenticeship to launch my career in Civil Engineering

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Sabrina Mohamed Irfan | Civil and Infrastructure Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship) Contact Sabrina
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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.

Good Luck,

Sabrina

Sri LankaUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Sabrina Mohamed Irfan | Civil and Infrastructure Engineering (Degree Apprenticeship) Contact Sabrina
Degree Apprenticeships, Civil Engineering, work experience, work life balance, Time…
Find out more about me Contact Sabrina

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