7 Major Differences Between Uni and Apprenticeships

The traditional mindset when it comes to education is that you go to school, get into sixth form, and then head off to university; however the pressure of exams, tests and high grades doesn’t sound particularly fun.  So, if you’re unsure of what you want to do, or just want to know the differences in what university can offer you VS what an apprenticeship can offer you, then hopefully this will help…

  1. At Uni you have thousands of courses to choose from, so if you’re not sure what you want to do yet but you have interests, a degree will give you more specific career options, like law or psychology.
  1. Although, as time goes on, less and less employers are looking at qualifications and are focusing heavily on career experience (depending on your career choice).
  2. In an apprenticeship, you’ll be gaining great on-the-job experience and earning money as you study, you’ll also gain many skills and transferable work experience that will benefit you in the progression of your career and future opportunities.
  1. Uni leaves you with years of debt, but a huge variety of knowledge that can be applied to the specific career path you’ve chosen, which is great if you know exactly what you want to do.
  2. But even if you love your career choice, when you finish Uni, you really only have graduate options anyway, because of the lack of career experience while you were studying.
  3. The whole sector of apprenticeships is growing, so options for apprenticeships are also growing, you can get hands-on experience in practical fields such as mechanics, plumbing etc… The variety of apprenticeships are growing and giving you even more career options to pursue.
  4. In an apprenticeship, you can also still do a university degree! Some companies will offer it to you as part of your apprenticeship so you could still get your degree AND learn on-the-job!


Hopefully this will have given you a better insight to what university can offer and what apprenticeships can offer! Either way, both are great; it just depends on the type of person you are.

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