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Applied for a degree apprenticeship with Accenture, but I am not sure if they'd consider me eligible since I did a BTEC in Engineering, rather than A levels... I did get D*D*D but still, not quite sure.
I'm currently a 1st-year student in the Accenture degree apprenticeship. They will consider you with a BTEC - there are many people in my intake who studied a BTEC. Their requirements state 2 A-Levels or Equivalent (So that could be in a BTEC, IB or any other Level 3 qualification)
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Thanks for the fast replies. Denifintely looking forward to the reply of Accenture's application. Did it take long for you to get a reply regarding your application? And how did the whole process go?
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Thanks for the fast replies. Denifintely looking forward to the reply of Accenture's application. Did it take long for you to get a reply regarding your request? And how did the whole process go?
The whole application process is incredibly quick. It took them two days to get back to me for an interview after submitting my application. I would say the application process was quick, only two months long. I got my offer March 2017, but they didn't ask me to sign the contract till April - then between April and August, they ask you to sort out admin stuff, like Qualifications, References etc.

The application process was quite daunting as I never had a job interview or attended an assessment centre before applying - but overall it wasn't bad at all. If you do get invited to an interview make sure you know things about the company and have a genuine passion/interest for technology.
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The whole application process is incredibly quick. It took them two days to get back to me for an interview after submitting my application. I would say the application process was quick, only two months long. I got my offer March 2017, but they didn't ask me to sign the contract till April - then between April and August, they ask you to sort out admin stuff, like Qualifications, References etc.

The application process was quite daunting as I never had a job interview or attended an assessment centre before applying - but overall it wasn't bad at all. If you do get invited to an interview make sure you know things about the company and have a genuine passion/interest for technology.
How have you found the scheme so far, enjoying it?
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The whole application process is incredibly quick. It took them two days to get back to me for an interview after submitting my application. I would say the application process was quick, only two months long. I got my offer March 2017, but they didn't ask me to sign the contract till April - then between April and August, they ask you to sort out admin stuff, like Qualifications, References etc.

The application process was quite daunting as I never had a job interview or attended an assessment centre before applying - but overall it wasn't bad at all. If you do get invited to an interview make sure you know things about the company and have a genuine passion/interest for technology.
What assesment did you go through in the assessment centre? And 2 months doesnt seem bad. Hopefully I get a reply from them. Will be hard to work around university time table though (Studying in Uni, looking for alternatives next year)
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What assesment did you go through in the assessment centre? And 2 months doesnt seem bad. Hopefully I get a reply from them. Will be hard to work around university time table though (Studying in Uni, looking for alternatives next year)
Are you going to drop out if you got an offer?
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Are you going to drop out if you got an offer?
Thats the plan. I will not drop out and secure my 2nd year place in university until I am given a 100% sure offer that I am going to have a place.
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Thats the plan. I will not drop out and secure my 2nd year place in university until I am given a 100% sure offer that I am going to have a place.
How come? What course are doing
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How come? What course are doing
Mechatronics.
I just think it would suit me more as I feel I am not learning much due to lack of practice. All the theories I learn fall out of my head quickly if I do not apply them, so I believe getting relevant experience at a work place will be the best option for me.

Definitely not fun going through 5 different theories in a week, and not applying any at all. They all fall out of my head right away.
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Mechatronics.
I just think it would suit me more as I feel I am not learning much due to lack of practice. All the theories I learn fall out of my head quickly if I do not apply them, so I believe getting relevant experience at a work place will be the best option for me.

Definitely not fun going through 5 different theories in a week, and not applying any at all. They all fall out of my head right away.
That degree along with some self learnt software development would probably go a decent way to a graduate position, no?
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Yes, it would. But I am simply not enjoying my time doing that degree which is quite important to me. I feel that having actual hands on experience will do me better than paying a lot of money to read off slides and then get texted on what I remember.
While I understand there will be studying present in an apprenticeship, I simply cant bear having barely any practical work. I think university isnt the best choice for me
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Yes, it would. But I am simply not enjoying my time doing that degree which is quite important to me. I feel that having actual hands on experience will do me better than paying a lot of money to read off slides and then get texted on what I remember.
While I understand there will be studying present in an apprenticeship, I simply cant bear having barely any practical work. I think university isnt the best choice for me
Fair enough, I don't know your personal situation and don't want to preach to you - but a degree and university is education is a valuable asset.
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Fair enough, I don't know your personal situation and don't want to preach to you - but a degree and university is education is a valuable asset.
I agree with you, thats why I am looking for a degree apprenticeship. Best of both worlds.
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Yes, it would. But I am simply not enjoying my time doing that degree which is quite important to me. I feel that having actual hands on experience will do me better than paying a lot of money to read off slides and then get texted on what I remember.
While I understand there will be studying present in an apprenticeship, I simply cant bear having barely any practical work. I think university isnt the best choice for me
Totally agree with you there! I was planning to study Computer Science at Swansea University but I felt that I'd like to get some work experience to see if it a career in IT was right for me. I believe I made the right decision in joining a Level 3 apprenticeship and a Degree apprenticeship afterwards. I have a clearer idea with what I want to do in my career and a degree provides greater opportunities to progress.

I'm not sure if it is in this thread or another, but I heard from someone that anyone can do a degree at any time of their life whilst a degree apprenticeship is a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Work experience + BSc (Hons) degree + a decent salary seems like a win-win to me.
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Totally agree with you there! I was planning to study Computer Science at Swansea University but I felt that I'd like to get some work experience to see if it a career in IT was right for me. I believe I made the right decision in joining a Level 3 apprenticeship and a Degree apprenticeship afterwards. I have a clearer idea with what I want to do in my career and a degree provides greater opportunities to progress.

I'm not sure if it is in this thread or another, but I heard from someone that anyone can do a degree at any time of their life whilst a degree apprenticeship is a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Work experience + BSc (Hons) degree + a decent salary seems like a win-win to me.
Exactly. I simply feel like University is numbing me down rather than letting me progress as I dont learn anything. Overload of information without any practical application. Its like sitting in a cooking lesson for years and never cooking, just reading about it!
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Hey, I wanted to ask a few questions if anyone doesn't mind answering?

I'm thinking about applying to this apprenticeship for 2019 alongside university. The specialism I'm interested in is data analyst and the degrees I've chosen are a mix of computer science with business and data analysis. All the uni courses include sandwich years so I'm wondering if the single years work experience would be considered valuable in comparison to a 4 1/2 year apprenticeship.

Another thing which concerns me is that if you move away from home for an apprenticeship, you wouldn't be able to go back home often. With uni, you can go home on your holidays, but with the apprenticeship, you have a full-time job to commit to so you can't travel back home as freely. Have any of you had to move far from home and as travel caused any issues with your family? I know I would be able to move away for a long time for university but it's a different matter with a full-time job on my hands.


Lastly, how is socialising like? I'm not interested in partying and drinking, just how is it to meet new people and get along with others on the apprenticeship and other new faces.
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Hey, I wanted to ask a few questions if anyone doesn't mind answering?

I'm thinking about applying to this apprenticeship for 2019 alongside university. The specialism I'm interested in is data analyst and the degrees I've chosen are a mix of computer science with business and data analysis. All the uni courses include sandwich years so I'm wondering if the single years work experience would be considered valuable in comparison to a 4 1/2 year apprenticeship.

Another thing which concerns me is that if you move away from home for an apprenticeship, you wouldn't be able to go back home often. With uni, you can go home on your holidays, but with the apprenticeship, you have a full-time job to commit to so you can't travel back home as freely. Have any of you had to move far from home and as travel caused any issues with your family? I know I would be able to move away for a long time for university but it's a different matter with a full-time job on my hands.


Lastly, how is socialising like? I'm not interested in partying and drinking, just how is it to meet new people and get along with others on the apprenticeship and other new faces.
going out will be very unlikely because you can't turn up to work drink and on the weekends you have your degree part of the apprenticeship to undertake
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going out will be very unlikely because you can't turn up to work drink and on the weekends you have your degree part of the apprenticeship to undertake
That's completely fine by me. I don't drink and I'm not that outgoing, but I would like the opportunity to make friends is all.
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That's completely fine by me. I don't drink and I'm not that outgoing, but I would like the opportunity to make friends is all.
there are few other apprentice so making friends won't be a problem it's all about how you manage your time and how hard you work to complete the degree part and job projects
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Hey, I wanted to ask a few questions if anyone doesn't mind answering?

I'm thinking about applying to this apprenticeship for 2019 alongside university. The specialism I'm interested in is data analyst and the degrees I've chosen are a mix of computer science with business and data analysis. All the uni courses include sandwich years so I'm wondering if the single years work experience would be considered valuable in comparison to a 4 1/2 year apprenticeship.

Another thing which concerns me is that if you move away from home for an apprenticeship, you wouldn't be able to go back home often. With uni, you can go home on your holidays, but with the apprenticeship, you have a full-time job to commit to so you can't travel back home as freely. Have any of you had to move far from home and as travel caused any issues with your family? I know I would be able to move away for a long time for university but it's a different matter with a full-time job on my hands.


Lastly, how is socialising like? I'm not interested in partying and drinking, just how is it to meet new people and get along with others on the apprenticeship and other new faces.
Hey there! I can try to answer your questions as best as I can.

I’m doing the Data Analyst route too, but have a look at the core and optional modules for this route and compare this with your university modules. I’ve heard from friends that a sandwich year is very beneficial since you both get the degree and a year’s work experience in a relevant industry. However, having 4 years work experience alongside apprenticeship qualifications can be hugely beneficial.

Don’t forget that at least 20% of your working time is allocated to studying (you get paid to study), you have a salary, and don’t incur any debt. These benefits can make a huge start to your degree, but of course it depends on a range of factors since your degree is pretty much chosen for you by the company.

Unfortunately I don’t know anyone that has relocated for an apprenticeship and I understand that it will be difficult when you are essentially working a full-job.

Have you looked into flexi-working hours? You could potentially have a longer weekend to spend at home by working extra throughout the week, and leave early on the Friday to visit family. Don’t forget you have an annual leave allowance and some companies give you the option to buy annual leave (unpaid leave) which you can use to visit family too. I have 25 days paid leave and 10 days unpaid leave as I want to do more travelling in my twenties.

The socialising aspect will vary depending on the apprenticeship you are in. If you’re the only apprentice, you won’t get as many opportunities compared to a company that recruits 20 apprentices per year. I think around 10 apprentices is a good number as larger companies with more apprentices have more competition and rivalry to secure full-time positions.

There’s around 15 apprentices at my company and we arrange pub trips, meals, and bowling, but there’s only around 7 regulars and the rest keep to themselves. It really depends on the type of people you are working with and how outgoing they are.

Also check if there’s a graduate scheme. If there is there will be more younger people in your organisation, which of course creates more social opportunities.

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.
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