There are lots of benefits to apprenticeships and part-time jobs but I would like to discuss which is best for you while attending university.
Apprenticeships were introduced as a way for students to attend University and not be worried about not being able to afford to go to University as you would be earning money from your job while studying for your degree. However, this is very similar to a student getting a part-time job alongside university as you could use the income from your part-time job towards tuition fees. The main difference between apprenticeships and part-time jobs is that apprenticeships give your hands-on experience into the job sector that you applied for whilst a part-time job won’t give you any specialized experienced in the field you want to work in unless it’s a part-time job associated to what you want to work as when you are out of university.
When you start university, you may already know what type of job you want to get but starting university with virtually no idea where I want to work or what type of job I wanted to get, I completely knew that apprenticeships aren’t for me. If there is anything that you should take away from this chapter it would be:
ONLY DO APPRENTICESHIPS IF ITS FOR THE JOB YOU WANT OR IN THE SECTOR YOU WANT TO WORK IN
You can do an apprenticeship but you shouldn’t if your only reason is that you can’t afford to go to university. Everyone can afford to go to university and I will explain why in my next chapter but the only reason a student should take an apprenticeship is if it’s in the company or business that you want to work at or if it’s in a similar sector as the job you want to get after completing university.