It’s that time of year again when people everywhere are preparing to venture on the next journey of their lives. Whether it be going to university or something else, this time of year can be very stressful for many people with many asking themselves: have I made the right decision not going to uni? Should I have a gap year? Well, I myself asked this many times, but after a year of finding my *almost* perfect job, I think it’s fair to say that I made the right decision.
For as long as I can remember I was set on going to uni in London to study media or journalism. I knew that’s what I wanted to do, my dream was (and still is) to be a presenter on a TV show or work alongside celebrities. Then it hit me, in my final year of my A-Levels, I realised that I didn’t need to go to university to do what I wanted. I didn’t need to get into debt to reach my dream. Instead I could do an apprenticeship and gain the experience I needed to be where I wanted to be. Don’t get me wrong, I still applied to go to university for 2017 and got into my dream university in London, as my original plan was to complete my apprenticeship in my year out and then go to university in September 2017 but let’s just say, my plans changed.
There are certainly a lot of misconceptions about apprentices and a lot of people don’t know about the hundreds of options available, and I was definitely one of those people but as I started looking into them more, I started to become more and more interested and realised that you don’t have to have had bad grades or not have done your A-Levels to be an apprentice; in fact, you actually do need good grades to do a Digital Marketing Apprenticeship.
I honestly believe that times really are changing, and you don’t need to have a degree for certain jobs anymore. As I’ve said my dream job is to work in Digital Marketing, with celebrities/influencers or present a TV show and I don’t need a degree for it – just a load of experience. So, why not do an apprenticeship where I can earn money whilst gaining experience and learning? During my apprenticeship, I also got to experience a real feel for a work place, and meet some AMAZING people who I know I will be friends with forever. I also gained the confidence to start this blog, which I know for a fact I wouldn’t have had the skills or writing capability if I didn’t do my apprenticeship.
A lot of you may be wondering, what did I do for my apprenticeship? How did I study and work at the same time? Well, for the first six months I attended college twice a month to complete half of my units – which included subjects such as ‘Search Engine Marketing’, ‘Creating a Website’ and the ‘Laws within Social Media’. Then, for the rest of the year I did ‘at work’ studying which means I completed certain units at work so that I could provide evidence for them. These units included, ‘App creation’, ‘Email Marketing’ and many more. The units were certainly challenging, but nothing that I couldn’t handle. I also had 24/7 support from my college who regularly paid visits to my work to discuss my progress.
So, what am I doing now you may all ask? After completing my Level 3 Apprenticeship in Digital Marketing in July, I now work full time in my company working alongside influencers and YouTube sensations whilst also keeping up with clients social media platforms.
My advice would be, whether you’re planning on starting an apprenticeship or going to university, that you have to work hard to get to where you want to be. I worked so hard to prove to my manager that I am worthy of a full-time job and finished my apprenticeship a whole month early. I knew that I wanted to be a part of our new influencer division so I proved myself and showed that hard work honestly does pay off!
Don’t get me wrong, if your dream job requires a degree then university is a no brainer, but I think a lot of people are mislead into thinking university is the be all and end all! It isn’t!
This blog post is a little different to what I usually write about but I thought it would help to hear this advice from someone who’s made the decision to not go to uni.
Let me know in the comments or on Twitter, @Emstagramr, whether you’ve been or are going to university or not!