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    Everyone has, at some point, either jokingly or seriously, thought about dropping out of school, college or Uni when the pressure gets a bit too much. However, the idea is usually pushed aside in favour of powering through, but is powering through the right approach if you know that deep down you aren’t happy?

    Now is a good time to stop and reflect. If you aren’t happy, then a new start offers you the chance to take action and make a positive change. So, if you’re not enjoying your course, feel crippled by Uni debt, or feel so homesick it is making you miserable, you need to take action.

    But what action should you take? Well, being an ex-apprentice (I completed my Level 3 Digital Marketing Apprenticeship last year), I am naturally swayed... but the truth is that you need to make a plan that works for you and stick with it. An apprenticeship is a great option for people who have started down a path that hasn’t worked out the way they expected it to and if the 5 signs below sound familiar you may want to make an apprenticeship part of your new career plan.

    1. You are unmotivated in classes or lectures

    You may have chosen a subject because you were good at it at school, thought the course sounded interesting, or even because your friends chose it, right? But now that you’ve spent some time doing it, you may find that you’re not actually enjoying it…maybe your grades haven’t been great and overall the course isn’t what you were expecting.

    Sound familiar? In order to feel like the commitment is worthwhile, you need to find something you’re passionate about which provides you with a rewarding learning experience, giving you the career skills you need to succeed. With an apprenticeship you are taught the way you want to learn, so no boring classes, but more hands-on fun and professional training that lets YOU take control of YOUR learning.

    2. You have bigger aspirations

    Being stuck in a classroom with little control over your learning can be frustrating with thoughts of “how am I going to use this at work?” swirling around your head. If you are more of a hands-on person and want to put the skills you are learning into practice, an apprenticeship could be the answer to all your problems. With an apprenticeship you are guided by industry experts teaching you the skills and knowledge that big employers really need in the workplace, to help build your long-term successful career.

    3. You feel alone

    Moving away from home and leaving friendships and family behind can be tough, and in times of stress, feeling homesick can add to the pressure and make the FOMO overwhelming. At QA, we make sure our apprentices never feel alone, with a dedicated team to support you from day one. Apprenticeships are also a great way to meet new people, including your work colleges and course buddies, so if you think you’ll be missing out on all those college or Uni parties, think again! You’ll have your own, with friends in your brand new apartment – which, by the way, you paid for with your apprenticeship salary.

    4. You're only in it for the qualifications

    No longer do you need to navigate through piles of textbooks, stress out about exams and drown yourself in debt to get your degree, as our apprenticeships now span all the way up to a degree level. That’s right, you could be learning, earning and training to become a degree qualified professional with tonnes of experience by your side – oh, and did I mention that it’s debt free? (you can thank us later!)

    5. You're worried about your student debt

    Being restricted to a student loan each month can be mentally exhausting, I mean do you really want to have to calculate how much fun you can have before its time to break out those pot noodles? – No thanks! It’s time to take control, become financially independent and ditch that Uni debt so that you can really start having fun. Not only can you get all the qualifications you need (all debt free) but you can also look forward to that paycheck at the end of each month so, you can develop your future with no more debt to haunt you and no more relying on The Bank of Mum and Dad.

    Need some help?

    Changing your career path can be scary but remember it doesn’t mean you have failed, in fact, some of the world’s most successful people dropped out including Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerburg and even J.K.Rowling!

    If you’re interested and want to find out more about our apprenticeship opportunities, check out our programmes here.

    Alternatively, you can speak to one of our friendly advisors on 0345 074 7825 for more information.

    (Original post by QA Apprenticeships)
    ...some of the world’s most successful people dropped out including Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerburg.
    Not sure why people use this anecdote as motivation. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard, and not London Met on a mickey mouse course.
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    (Original post by habeas.corpus)
    Not sure why people use this anecdote as motivation. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard, and not London Met on a mickey mouse course.
    Grow up! Your first point is perfectly valid, your second shows a staggering amount of elitism which simply doesn't belong on this site or anywhere.
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    (Original post by habeas.corpus)
    Not sure why people use this anecdote as motivation. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard, and not London Met on a mickey mouse course.
    We've learnt that it all comes down to choosing what's right for you and if that is different to the traditional career routes, no matter what level of University you are from, you can still achieve something great and become successful.

    It's great that some people like Bill Gates came from high-level education like Harvard but it's not the university they are from that matters - it's their passion to succeed in something that they love and that is what motivates people! :dance:

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