An apprenticeship was always the path I wanted to go down after finishing sixth form.
From day one I knew that university life wasn’t for me and here’s three reasons why...
My first reason was simple – I didn't want be in a ridiculous amount of debt.
With university fees rising to a record high (depending on your course) last year, it seemed peculiar to me as to why people were comfortable hopping on the £9,000-a-year bandwagon, especially in our current economic climate.
Plus, I think people around me had forgotten that for £9,000 a year of either your parents’ or the Government’s money, you’re not actually guaranteed to get a job at the end of it.
The second reason why I chose to go down the apprenticeship path is that I’ve always wanted to just get stuck in and start working in the real world.
Getting a job straightaway always appealed to me as I wanted to start supporting myself financially rather than sponging off my parents every time I wanted to go out, although, admittedly, that would’ve been the easier option!
Going to university would’ve seen me rely on them financially, as everybody knows students loans don’t stretch much further than your room rent and a few rounds down the local pub.
My third and final reason for deciding against university was that I didn't want to spend another three years of my life sitting in the same lecture hall being taught things that most of the time, I’d never use again.
At the Academy, we’re being taught by people who are actually doing the job. In my eyes, this is much better than being taught by a teacher who’s reading from an out-of-date textbook.
Not only are we being taught real-life, useful and important information about our jobs as a whole, but we’re also constantly being developed and nurtured into the best social media apprentices we can be.
By the end of the year-long course, we’ll be trained and ready to do the job we’re all aiming for in the social media world. We’re getting on the career ladder so much quicker than our university counterparts and I’m really looking forward to what the next few years have in store.