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    Hello, I am in a massive dilemma as I am unsure whether i should got to university or get an apprenticeship. I currently have offers to go to university to study my course but i have also found an apprenticeship in banking which i would to do. If i do go to uni; i would get a career in banking afterwards. The possible pros of university would be the social life, life skill and most importantly a degree but the only con is the amount of debt. However the pros of an apprenticeship in banking is salary and no debt. Which would be better in the long run and what would you do if you were in my position? Thanks, all advice is useful
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    Go to uni. You're young. Have fun. Enjoy yourself. Make lots of friends and contacts. You will find yourself at Uni.

    You're too young to jump in to a dull 8-5 job just because the debt isn't too appetising.


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    It's all about personal opinions and what you want to do. I would say both are good in terms of career prospects, it just depends upon what you want to do. I have done an Apprenticeship for two years in Business and I am currently finishing Year 2 of University and they have both been good. There are some Apprenticeships that offer further progression without the debt, but I wouldn't worry about it if you chose to go to Uni. 9% over £21,000 is a small fraction of your pay.
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    (Original post by CKupton 1)
    Hello, I am in a massive dilemma as I am unsure whether i should got to university or get an apprenticeship. I currently have offers to go to university to study my course but i have also found an apprenticeship in banking which i would to do. If i do go to uni; i would get a career in banking afterwards. The possible pros of university would be the social life, life skill and most importantly a degree but the only con is the amount of debt. However the pros of an apprenticeship in banking is salary and no debt. Which would be better in the long run and what would you do if you were in my position? Thanks, all advice is useful
    Hi!

    Firstly, I'm sorry to hear that you're having a hard time making this decision! Try not to worry though - there are tonnes of people in the same boat, it's just about weighing up all of your options and finding the route that's right for you.

    I would recommend you have a look at our website: http://bit.ly/1L9TGeU

    Try and gather as much information as you can about apprenticeships and school leaver programmes in the finance industry. For instance, by taking an apprenticeship in finance you will qualify quicker and have more experience than graduates as they have to do 3 years of studying followed by 3 years of working towards a qualification such as an ACCA.

    It is also likely that you will progress in the company quicker due to your experience and the way the programmes are structured. As for the social element of apprenticeships - they vary from employer to employer but there is usually plenty of events and activities to get involved with. You'll also be joining with other school leavers who have similar interests to you!

    RateMyApprenticeship is not against University whatsoever - it is definitely a highly rewarding experience and a degree is a well respected qualification, no matter what you study.

    However, with the competitive graduate market and the fact you are not 100% sure about going, I would encourage you to get over to our website and read reviews written by people who have been in your position. You can learn about the companies that offer school leaver programmes, how they're structured and ultimately, how much people have enjoyed them.

    It may also be worth thinking about taking a Gap Year if you aren't sure which path you want to commit to. They are an excellent way of giving yourself more time to think about your future and gain experience of different industries or even in different countries which will make you more employable when it does come to getting a job.

    I hope this helps - try not to worry! There's no rush!

    Thanks and Good Luck,

    Amit
 
 
 

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