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    Hi everyone, I'm new here so apologies if I have posted this in the wrong section or haven't followed correct etiquette. Moderators are more than welcome to move this to the correct section to help with responses.

    I'm from Scotland, Edinburgh, 20 years old and I have recently just finished College. I studied HNC Mechanical Engineering and achieved a grade A. I was enrolled onto this course as an 'Engineering Academy Student' from the University of Strathclyde. Being an 'Engineering Academy Student' at college basically means that you study your first year of university at college and attend practical activities at the University of Strathclyde throughout the first year (there was only like 4 sessions arranged by the university for us). Although I was studying my first year at college full-time, I was still a University of Strathclyde student and had full access to university facilities just like any other under-graduate student. The course is different from a regular HNC course studied at college because it requires you to study 4 extra units at college and you have to achieve a grade A to gain entry into the second year of your chosen degree programme in the department of Engineering. If you don't achieve an A then you can't progress into second year and would have to study a HND at college instead.

    The previous year, session 2014-2015, I was a first year undergraduate student at The University of Glasgow studying Aeronautical Engineering. I left midway in first year as I absolutely hated the course and just couldn't understand some of the stuff being taught. After I left I started searching for Automotive or Motorsport courses at either college or University. Unfortunately, there was no such courses being offered around my area and I can't move down south to study. The closest thing relating to cars/automotive engineering courses around my area was probably Mechanical Engineering, which made me apply to this HNC Mechanical Engineering Academy course in session 2015-2016.

    While I was studying at college during my first year, I received an e-mail last December from the university asking what course I'd like to progress onto in second year providing I met all conditions of passing all units and achieving a grade A. The five courses I could progress onto within the engineering department were:

    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Design Manufacture and Engineering Management or Naval & Marine Engineering.

    I replied I'd like to progress onto the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering course but unfortunately they replied back and said this course was full and my only options available were:

    Civil Engineering, Design Manufacture and Engineering Management or Naval & Marine Engineering.

    I didn't want to do any of these courses and hated these options available. After numerous frustrating e-mails with the university I was still unable to get them to put me on the Mechanical Engineering course. In the end I put myself down for the Design Manufacture and Engineering Management course. I know this is definitely NOT the course I want to study and can't see myself being committed to something for the next 3 years knowing it's not what i really want to be doing.

    Now that I have completed the first year at college and have achieved my enhanced HNC, I really don't feel like going to university. Reflecting upon my course and first year at college in general, it wasn't really "boosted by hands-on practical activities" as it was hyped up to be on the course description when I first applied for it. I didn't really enjoy the course much either. I just feel that university just isn't for me. Most people are excited about going to uni, but I hate just thinking about it and don't want to study the course I have been forced to take up.

    I have recently just found out more about apprenticeships (I was aware of them before but didn't look into them in detail). They really appeal to me as I like the fact that they are much more hands-on and you can earn while you learn. I would absolutely LOVE to work in a car dealership as a Technician working on cars. I have also had great experience in the past with automobiles. I would only like to work in a dealership and not end up as a bog standard garage mechanic.

    I have looked on dealers websites for any vacancies but there's nothing there. I am thinking of going into a car dealership myself and asking if they have anything on offer (even work experience) and hand my CV in. Is this a good approach? Also, who should I be speaking to when I go in? I'm a bit nervous as I have never went job hunting before in my life and don't know what to expect.

    Final question. Should I keep looking for an apprenticeship and follow my dreams to pursue a career in the automotive industry or should I just continue with the degree and get it over and done with?

    My two brothers and sister, who all attended The University of Glasgow, graduated with Honours Degrees'. This kind of puts pressure on me and makes me think I should follow in their footsteps and show I can do it aswell, although they are very supportive and tell me to do what I enjoy.

    Sorry for the EXTREMELY LONG post. I just wanted to make sure you get every detail of what I have went through and understand everything clearly.

    I just really need help urgently to get my life back together and make the best decision for my future.

    I hope there is someone out there than can point me in the correct direction. Any constructive advice is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
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    Hi everyone, I'm new here so apologies if I have posted this in the wrong section or haven't followed correct etiquette. Moderators are more than welcome to move this to the correct section to help with responses.

    I'm from Scotland, Edinburgh, 20 years old and I have recently just finished College. I studied HNC Mechanical Engineering and achieved a grade A. I was enrolled onto this course as an 'Engineering Academy Student' from the University of Strathclyde. Being an 'Engineering Academy Student' at college basically means that you study your first year of university at college and attend practical activities at the University of Strathclyde throughout the first year (there was only like 4 sessions arranged by the university for us). Although I was studying my first year at college full-time, I was still a University of Strathclyde student and had full access to university facilities just like any other under-graduate student. The course is different from a regular HNC course studied at college because it requires you to study 4 extra units at college and you have to achieve a grade A to gain entry into the second year of your chosen degree programme in the department of Engineering. If you don't achieve an A then you can't progress into second year and would have to study a HND at college instead.

    The previous year, session 2014-2015, I was a first year undergraduate student at The University of Glasgow studying Aeronautical Engineering. I left midway in first year as I absolutely hated the course and just couldn't understand some of the stuff being taught. After I left I started searching for Automotive or Motorsport courses at either college or University. Unfortunately, there was no such courses being offered around my area and I can't move down south to study. The closest thing relating to cars/automotive engineering courses around my area was probably Mechanical Engineering, which made me apply to this HNC Mechanical Engineering Academy course in session 2015-2016.

    While I was studying at college during my first year, I received an e-mail last December from the university asking what course I'd like to progress onto in second year providing I met all conditions of passing all units and achieving a grade A. The five courses I could progress onto within the engineering department were:

    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Design Manufacture and Engineering Management or Naval & Marine Engineering.

    I replied I'd like to progress onto the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering course but unfortunately they replied back and said this course was full and my only options available were:

    Civil Engineering, Design Manufacture and Engineering Management or Naval & Marine Engineering.

    I didn't want to do any of these courses and hated these options available. After numerous frustrating e-mails with the university I was still unable to get them to put me on the Mechanical Engineering course. In the end I put myself down for the Design Manufacture and Engineering Management course. I know this is definitely NOT the course I want to study and can't see myself being committed to something for the next 3 years knowing it's not what i really want to be doing.

    Now that I have completed the first year at college and have achieved my enhanced HNC, I really don't feel like going to university. Reflecting upon my course and first year at college in general, it wasn't really "boosted by hands-on practical activities" as it was hyped up to be on the course description when I first applied for it. I didn't really enjoy the course much either. I just feel that university just isn't for me. Most people are excited about going to uni, but I hate just thinking about it and don't want to study the course I have been forced to take up.

    I have recently just found out more about apprenticeships (I was aware of them before but didn't look into them in detail). They really appeal to me as I like the fact that they are much more hands-on and you can earn while you learn. I would absolutely LOVE to work in a car dealership as a Technician working on cars. I have also had great experience in the past with automobiles. I would only like to work in a dealership and not end up as a bog standard garage mechanic.

    I have looked on dealers websites for any vacancies but there's nothing there. I am thinking of going into a car dealership myself and asking if they have anything on offer (even work experience) and hand my CV in. Is this a good approach? Also, who should I be speaking to when I go in? I'm a bit nervous as I have never went job hunting before in my life and don't know what to expect.

    Final question. Should I keep looking for an apprenticeship and follow my dreams to pursue a career in the automotive industry or should I just continue with the degree and get it over and done with?

    My two brothers and sister, who all attended The University of Glasgow, graduated with Honours Degrees'. This kind of puts pressure on me and makes me think I should follow in their footsteps and show I can do it aswell, although they are very supportive and tell me to do what I enjoy.

    Sorry for the EXTREMELY LONG post. I just wanted to make sure you get every detail of what I have went through and understand everything clearly.

    I just really need help urgently to get my life back together and make the best decision for my future.

    I hope there is someone out there than can point me in the correct direction. Any constructive advice is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
    I will confess to having largely skim read this post, but the key things I took from it were that:

    1) None of the course options available to were appealing
    2) You don't see yourself being committed to the course are you enrolled on
    3) You would rather do an apprenticeship or something hands-on

    From this it seems clear that you won't find the degree route interesting. As you've already found out, even the practicals in the degree are not that hands-on.

    Honestly, if you want to do an apprenticeship, then pursue it. You seem a lot more informed about degrees, apprenticeships, your options and various roles than many other people making this decision. And with an apprenticeship, you can always go back to university later on if you feel that it would be something that interests you or would benefit you.
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    S A I L - I completely agree with Smack


    Have you had a look at http://www.theimi.org.uk/standards-a...pprenticeships
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    @Smack @jneill - Thank you very much for the fast responses! Right now I feel that I'm set on the apprenticeship route and really don't want to go to university. I'm in the process of looking for a good apprenticeship.

    Do you think it's a good idea for me to go into a dealership and hand in my CV?

    @jneill I have had a look at that website but there are no suitable vacancies nearby unfortunately.
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    (Original post by S A I L)
    My two brothers and sister, who all attended The University of Glasgow, graduated with Honours Degrees'. This kind of puts pressure on me and makes me think I should follow in their footsteps and show I can do it aswell, although they are very supportive and tell me to do what I enjoy.
    Hi there!

    Smack's advice is ideal, so I'll just add a little more.

    Do NOT do what you feel pressured to do, or what others "expect". There's no point pursuing a degree just because you think you should, you need to do what you enjoy.

    The practical side of engineering sounds to suit you much more. From my experience, I've had virtually no practical experience at university. I'm currently on a placement doing an experimental study which is very practical, which I absolutely love. But it's more geared to the research side of university, something which you would have to wait years to get into.

    I don't see anything wrong with talking to a manager at a dealership and asking about work experience. I would imagine most dealerships wouldn't advertise those kinds of positions, so there's no harm going in and talking about it. They may well point you in the right direction.

    Best of luck!

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    (Original post by S A I L)
    @Smack @jneill - Thank you very much for the fast responses! Right now I feel that I'm set on the apprenticeship route and really don't want to go to university. I'm in the process of looking for a good apprenticeship.

    Do you think it's a good idea for me to go into a dealership and hand in my CV?

    @jneill I have had a look at that website but there are no suitable vacancies nearby unfortunately.
    Land Rover Edinburgh
    http://www.indeed.co.uk/m/viewjob?jk...73d4&from=serp

    Another in Edinburgh
    http://www.indeed.co.uk/m/viewjob?jk...8e9f&from=serp

    And also contact local dealerships and independent service specialists direct.

    Good luck!

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    Hi there!

    Smack's advice is ideal, so I'll just add a little more.

    Do NOT do what you feel pressured to do, or what others "expect". There's no point pursuing a degree just because you think you should, you need to do what you enjoy.

    The practical side of engineering sounds to suit you much more. From my experience, I've had virtually no practical experience at university. I'm currently on a placement doing an experimental study which is very practical, which I absolutely love. But it's more geared to the research side of university, something which you would have to wait years to get into.

    I don't see anything wrong with talking to a manager at a dealership and asking about work experience. I would imagine most dealerships wouldn't advertise those kinds of positions, so there's no harm going in and talking about it. They may well point you in the right direction.

    Best of luck!

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    Hi, thank you very much for taking the time to reply, I greatly appreciate it. It's good hearing from a person who is at the same university I was once at!

    Thank you for the advice, you have put my mind at rest. I just really want to pursue a career I love. As stated earlier I'd love to work on cars at a dealership rather than chasing a degree knowing I wont be happy in the end.

    I will go to a few dealerships and see if I can talk to the manager and hand my CV in. I feel very nervous and daunted by the experience as I've never done any kind of job hunting before - I guess I'll just have to grow a pair. I will also visit my local careers centre and see if they can give me any advice. I'll also email my course co-ordinator at Strathclyde University and see what they can help me out with.

    Thanks once again!
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    Land Rover Edinburgh
    http://www.indeed.co.uk/m/viewjob?jk...73d4&from=serp

    Another in Edinburgh
    http://www.indeed.co.uk/m/viewjob?jk...8e9f&from=serp

    And also contact local dealerships and independent service specialists direct.

    Good luck!

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    Thanks for providing the links! I'll take your advice on board. :top:

    I did apply for a Jaguar Land Rover apprenticeship in February via indeed.co.uk but never ever heard anything back.

    Thanks.
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    Thanks for providing the links! I'll take your advice on board. :top:

    I did apply for a Jaguar Land Rover apprenticeship in February via indeed.co.uk but never ever heard anything back.

    Thanks.
    It might be best to go direct. Just use Indeed for research.

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