Taking the first steps towards your future career can seem like a stressful time, but change is good. During National Apprenticeship Week 2020, we’re encouraging young people to ‘Look Beyond’ traditional career routes and consider all of the available options.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
There are many different paths available to you, whether you want to go on to do A Levels, a BTEC, university or an apprenticeship. All of these options have their advantages and depending on the kind of learner you are, you may be suited to any one of them.
Remember that while you can take advice from parents, friends and teachers, the decision is ultimately yours to make. The best move at this stage, is to do your research so you can make your own informed choices.
PICK SOMETHING YOU ENJOY
Whichever educational route you choose to go down, make sure it’s in a subject area that grabs your interest. If you’re unsure, think about your hobbies and interests and how they could relate to a potential job role.
If you have a clear idea of the profession that you’d like to go into, you’re already off to a strong start. Doing an apprenticeship in that job role can be an excellent way to get your foot in the door.
Even if you have no idea what job you want to do, don’t worry. Many young people are in exactly the same position, and can be left confused by conflicting careers advice.
UNI OR APPRENTICESHIPS?
We’ve found that apprenticeships aren’t always recommended as a desirable option for pupils in schools. But in reality, starting an apprenticeship can put you in an advantageous position. You can start earning your own money right away, and unlike university, you won’t be getting yourself into debt to fund your education.
However, for some people, university is more suited to the way they learn. Many young people thrive on the social aspect of uni; you’ll experience plenty of new things and encounter people from a range of backgrounds.
If you’re interested in digital marketing, IT support or software development, an apprenticeship with Baltic could be perfect for you. To get started, you will need to search for a vacancy with an employer in your area.
If you’re still not sure, there’s no need to worry! While your future is your decision, don’t be afraid to ask for help. The National Careers Service is on hand to offer advice and guidance to help you make informed decisions. Alternatively, if you’d like more information about our apprenticeships, feel free to get in touch via our live chat, or by emailing email@example.com.