Why Do an Apprenticeship in London?
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My name is Katie, and I’m a Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice at Pearson College London (part of the FTSE 100 company Pearson plc).
When I finished sixth-form at 17, I decided that the traditional university route of studying full-time wasn’t for me. I had juggled part-time jobs with school since the age of 15, and I enjoyed working and earning money. However, I also wanted to get a degree.
Here are FIVE reasons why choosing a degree apprenticeship in central London was one of the best decisions I ever made...
Being a Degree Apprentice in London
When applying for roles, I hadn’t even thought about WHERE I wanted to work - I was more focused on the programme itself, and what I was going to get out of it.
So it was a nice surprise to find out the following about London…
1. It has a vibrant culture
The first thing you need to know about London is that it’s one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.
This means that apprentices in London can build a network of people from all walks of life. But it also means that you can have a great social life. In between working and studying as a degree apprentice, there are infinite fun things to do; from climbing the O2 to vintage shopping on Brick Lane.
2. It’s a hub for business
London is home to entrepreneurial start-ups, NGOs and world-renowned corporations. There are a whopping 245 foreign banks, compared to just 67 in Tokyo.
It’s a brilliant place to exercise your business acumen alongside industry professionals. Plus the opportunities when you complete your apprenticeship are endless. The world really is your oyster in London.
3. There are SO many networking opportunities
Fill your calendar with lectures, seminars and networking receptions, and start building a network of useful contacts outside of LinkedIn.
Networking is a vital skill in the modern business environment and London is the perfect place to start. There are also lots of specialist apprenticeship events where you can meet other apprentices of all levels.
4. Young Apprentice Ambassador Network
I have also had the opportunity to join the Young Apprentice Ambassador Network (YAAN). This is a network of current and previous apprentices, aged 18-26, who work in their local area to promote apprenticeships and their benefits to students in years 11-13.
I wanted to become an ambassador so I could raise awareness about career options in schools. There was barely any information provided at my school, and this needs to change.
There are opportunities across London and the rest of the UK to get involved with the YAAN.
5. A longer commute can be a good thing (yes really!)
Like all things in life, there’s always a catch. And in London, that’s public transport. Nearly 9 million people live in London, and the majority of them take the tube or bus to get to work.
My commute takes 90 minutes each way, and yes, it is tiring. However, I use the time to study by watching lectures or reading course materials.
Time management is the key to success on an apprenticeship, so using this time wisely doesn’t just pass the time quicker - it helps you achieve your goals. Sure, there are delays and cancellations, and a lot of shoving. But you could always walk or take a JUMP bike if you don’t like it.