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Finding the right career path

There is more than one route to take to take when trying to seek your dream career.

A lot of the time, students tend to believe that university is the only option available for them, and we find that it's because they see a lot of friends choosing to study a degree or just because other options aren't presented to them in school.

It’s easy to follow what your friends are doing; but what if you decide you don't want to go to university, but still have a dream career in mind?

What if you could achieve your goals in a quicker timeframe, while earning money, but also gaining a qualification? That's where apprenticeships come in!

It’s an alternative way of going to university; only an apprenticeship leaves you without the debt, you gain a qualification along with experience and skills to take with you to the next step in your career.

Majority of apprentices also find that they gain a job at the end of their role by putting in dedication to their qualification and job role.

Others choose to move on to a different employer, taking the skills and experience they've learnt during their apprenticeship with them.

We spoke to Ryan Lee who works at Protech City, who talks about how finding the right path and following your interests can lead to an excelling career!

Here’s what he had to say:

Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship?

I decided to do an apprenticeship because didn’t have much experienced within work and an apprenticeship would ease me into the working environment rather than going straight into full-time employment, as you’re expected to know how to do everything.

What type of skills have you learned during your apprenticeship?

I’ve brushed up on my technical skills as I already knew how to do most of the basic stuff, since starting the apprenticeship I’ve found I’ve been learning about technical information.

Outside of my technical role I’ve also learnt about skills you need to in the working environment, like working in a team and communicating properly.

Would you recommend an apprenticeship?

Doing an apprenticeship is entirely dependent on what your interests are. Stay true to what you’re interested in because those will what get you the furthest. There’s no point going into a job if you’re not interested in the thing that you’re doing because you won’t really get very far.

If you’re interested in starting an apprenticeship, check out our latest vacancies here.

If you’re an employer and you want to provide a young person with the opportunity to build their career, contact us today on 0191 587 4570 or email

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