During A-Levels, my college form tutor insisted that everyone made a UCAS profile, perfected a personal statement and applied to universities. Throughout secondary school I was always the person who said they didn’t want to go to uni and I felt this way throughout college too, but the pressure from my form tutor and my friends meant that I jumped on the bandwagon, went on university visits and applied to them even though I wasn’t keen on going.
I got high grades at GCSE and I did great in my A Levels too, but that didn’t mean I actually wanted to carry on. When my Dad (who had taken me on multiple 4+ hour car journeys for university visits) questioned me on why I wanted to go to university I honestly didn’t really have an answer. I told him “well that’s what everyone does” but he didn’t accept this as a proper explanation and I’m so glad he didn’t. He suggested that I looked at apprenticeships instead and pick a field that I was already good at, or that I knew I’d enjoy, since the university course I had chosen was completely new to me and I may not like it or do well.
It was after that quick conversation with my Dad when I realised that those reasons why I didn’t want to go to university were exactly why I shouldn’t go. Shortly after that, I got an offer from my top choice university and most of my other choices, but just after a few days of deliberating I chose to completely withdraw my UCAS applications (I didn’t even defer my offers) and started looking for apprenticeships.
There was one Digital Marketing Apprenticeship going in my area and I applied for it. Not long after that, I had a phone call with a lovely lady from Arch and she invited me in to discuss my application and intentions of wanting to do an apprenticeship. My meeting with her went really well and I left the Arch offices feeling happy in knowing I had now made the first step to (hopefully) getting an apprenticeship and starting my career. I had a couple of interviews with local employers who had advertised apprenticeships themselves but their knowledge of the course and how it worked was nothing compared to Arch. Within a couple of weeks I was invited for an interview with the employer of the Arch apprenticeship and the very next day I got a call offering me the job!
I had a great year doing my apprenticeship and thoroughly enjoyed the content and flexibility of the course. Unfortunately my employer was not able to offer me a permanent position due to budgets, however, I know that my work there was thoroughly appreciated. I am still in contact with my ex-colleagues including the recruiters of the company and I left over 6 months ago. Just 2 weeks after ending my apprenticeship I was offered a job as a Marketing Executive with a different company due to my experience and knowledge of marketing. I now earn a very competitive salary, I have no student debt and I have no regrets that I didn’t attend university.