Why I Chose an Apprenticeship – Hayden Leach, Software Apprentice.
When I was presented with the choice of either going to university or perusing an apprenticeship, I had a huge decision to consider as it would be the first step in shaping my career in software development. My initial thought was that a lot of software development jobs would require a degree so how would an apprenticeship help me?
Upon finding 3aaa, I was able to see that an apprenticeship would offer me real-world experience, qualifications and knowledge required to be a software developer with the bonus of earning a wage while doing so! It seemed too good to be true, but here I am, on the verge of finishing my apprenticeship with an employment contract lined up with the software development company I have been training and learning in.
The main pull of becoming an apprentice for myself was the real-world experience. You are not sitting around watching people work and making cups of tea; you are actively engaging with your fellow work associates by assisting and contributing to projects all of which is in a live, real world environment.
This experience has allowed me to truly see what it is involved in the job and understand all of the workings you may not necessarily see in a classroom-based environment. All of this has led to improving my personal and technical skills which makes me more employable as well as finishing with the qualifications I require to become a software developer.
Learn more about the Software Development programme Hayden studied here.