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    I'm 17 and I am currently studying Level 2 in Engineering 1 day a week at a training college for Engineering and I am currently half way through my Level 2. I have a job at an engineering company that I attend 3 days a week and I completely despise it. I've been here for about 3 months now, but I've had enough, so I've taken to forums to hopefully find a bit more guidance.

    I feel depressed about having to go to this job. It's not working itself that I do not enjoy, but how I am treated and the whole aspect of the job. Working from 2 PM until 10 pm at 16 is definitely not fun, and to top it off some of the people that I have to deal with are rude; I feel like they are not willing enough to teach me due to the 'stresses' of the job they have to also cope with, and I don't feel comfortable being around them. There are also language barriers as most, if not all of the employees are foreign. I'm constantly up on my feet and the role that was given to me is not something I would aspire to continue in the future.

    I've decided that Engineering is not the sector that I want to go into. I've spoken to my training provider about it and have had deep discussions about what could be changed and generally why I do not want to continue working there. The gamble is that if I want to leave this terrible job, I would have a 2 week window in which I must find another employer (virtually impossible), or else my apprenticeship ends. The lady advised me to look for other companies hiring apprentices in the meantime, but I know how difficult this is. I also have the option to quit my apprenticeship, but the lady at my college said that rather giving up any efforts, I should stick through with it until my Level 2 ends and me leaving will not make a good impression going for future interviews - I'm not concerned about this tbh because I have good enough reasons.

    It doesn't end there though. I have applied for a new apprenticeship already which considers a different type of job in Customer Service. I feel the job specs fit me perfectly, and I feel like this sort of industry can get me far in the working world. I was contacted about this apprenticeship on Friday as I assume they're interested in taking me on, but I told them that I didn't think I was available and asked if I could contact them back if anything. My grades are pretty decent (I achieved 11 GCSEs), I'm a hard-worker and my attitude to learning is good, so I feel like getting into a job wouldn't be too difficult for me.

    I have roughly 5 months left of Level 2 in Engineering, or 12 weeks. Do you believe that there is any point for me to continue in this pathway if I am certain that this is not for me? I feel like this is what I am being made to do and I feel like I'm wasting my time gaining experience for what will not benefit me.

    The big question is, would I be able to switch from one apprenticeship to the other without this going against anything or bringing any difficulties?

    Thanks for taking the time to read through this, if you did. Any help will be greatly appreciated!
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    I'm 17 and I am currently studying Level 2 in Engineering 1 day a week at a training college for Engineering and I am currently half way through my Level 2. I have a job at an engineering company that I attend 3 days a week and I completely despise it. I've been here for about 3 months now, but I've had enough, so I've taken to forums to hopefully find a bit more guidance.

    I feel depressed about having to go to this job. It's not working itself that I do not enjoy, but how I am treated and the whole aspect of the job. Working from 2 PM until 10 pm at 16 is definitely not fun, and to top it off some of the people that I have to deal with are rude; I feel like they are not willing enough to teach me due to the 'stresses' of the job they have to also cope with, and I don't feel comfortable being around them. There are also language barriers as most, if not all of the employees are foreign. I'm constantly up on my feet and the role that was given to me is not something I would aspire to continue in the future.

    I've decided that Engineering is not the sector that I want to go into. I've spoken to my training provider about it and have had deep discussions about what could be changed and generally why I do not want to continue working there. The gamble is that if I want to leave this terrible job, I would have a 2 week window in which I must find another employer (virtually impossible), or else my apprenticeship ends. The lady advised me to look for other companies hiring apprentices in the meantime, but I know how difficult this is. I also have the option to quit my apprenticeship, but the lady at my college said that rather giving up any efforts, I should stick through with it until my Level 2 ends and me leaving will not make a good impression going for future interviews - I'm not concerned about this tbh because I have good enough reasons.

    It doesn't end there though. I have applied for a new apprenticeship already which considers a different type of job in Customer Service. I feel the job specs fit me perfectly, and I feel like this sort of industry can get me far in the working world. I was contacted about this apprenticeship on Friday as I assume they're interested in taking me on, but I told them that I didn't think I was available and asked if I could contact them back if anything. My grades are pretty decent (I achieved 11 GCSEs), I'm a hard-worker and my attitude to learning is good, so I feel like getting into a job wouldn't be too difficult for me.

    I have roughly 5 months left of Level 2 in Engineering, or 12 weeks. Do you believe that there is any point for me to continue in this pathway if I am certain that this is not for me? I feel like this is what I am being made to do and I feel like I'm wasting my time gaining experience for what will not benefit me.

    The big question is, would I be able to switch from one apprenticeship to the other without this going against anything or bringing any difficulties?

    Thanks for taking the time to read through this, if you did. Any help will be greatly appreciated!
    Hiya, I'm really sorry you're in this position. Yes, you can change to a customer service apprenticeship with no problems, but maybe for continuity and to keep the cash flowing - it might be worth finding another apprenticeship before you leave your current one. Five months is a long time to be doing something you don't enjoy so you should look into this other apprenticeship route. You're not alone; it's a big pressure trying to figure out what you'd like to do for a career and although it sounds like you dislike the employer more than you do the apprenticeship, you have found something that is better suited for you. I hope this helps and good luck
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    Hiya, I'm really sorry you're in this position. Yes, you can change to a customer service apprenticeship with no problems, but maybe for continuity and to keep the cash flowing - it might be worth finding another apprenticeship before you leave your current one. Five months is a long time to be doing something you don't enjoy so you should look into this other apprenticeship route. You're not alone; it's a big pressure trying to figure out what you'd like to do for a career and although it sounds like you dislike the employer more than you do the apprenticeship, you have found something that is better suited for you. I hope this helps and good luck
    Hi, thank you for your response!! Well overall I do not think that I would like to go into engineering. At college they told me that I should stick it out because having come so far (maybe 2 months into Level 2 now, bearing in mind I only go in once a week lol) and throwing it away, but at the same time I feel like there's no point in continuining if this isn't the path I'm headed in.

    I do have an interview for another on Friday, so would it be ok to announce that I am leaving tomorrow? I have college on a Wednesdays. Also, is there any point in going to work if I have spoken to my manager about leaving and he was fine with it? Said I didn't have to give in a notice because I'd been there for 3 months. I'm only getting paid minimum wage btw
 
 
 
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