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    Hey, I’m in my first year of college and I want to start a degree apprenticeship for IT once I’ve finished college. However I can be quiet shy and find it hard to make new friends. My parents therefore are saying it’s a bad idea as I probably won’t make any friends and the company will be loads of middle aged men. Especially if I am moving across England to a new place where I don’t know anyone, I don’t think I will fit in well the whole 3 or 4 years that I will be there. Therefore i was wondering if there will mainly be middle aged men or if there will be loads of other apprentices and people my age (18) that are also there or if I will really struggle. Therefore will I be better off only going to uni to make more friends? Otherwise I worry about spending every lunchtime by myself as I won’t know anyone my age.
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    Hey, I’m in my first year of college and I want to start a degree apprenticeship for IT once I’ve finished college. However I can be quiet shy and find it hard to make new friends. My parents therefore are saying it’s a bad idea as I probably won’t make any friends and the company will be loads of middle aged men. Especially if I am moving across England to a new place where I don’t know anyone, I don’t think I will fit in well the whole 3 or 4 years that I will be there. Therefore i was wondering if there will mainly be middle aged men or if there will be loads of other apprentices and people my age (18) that are also there or if I will really struggle. Therefore will I be better off only going to uni to make more friends? Otherwise I worry about spending every lunchtime by myself as I won’t know anyone my age.
    Have you had the interview and looked around?
    Have you been offered the job?
    Maybe there are other apprentices?
    It can be difficult in a new workplace, but you can make friends and age is irrelevant if the people are nice. nothing to stop you taking up a hobby or interest outside work and meeting younger people that way.

    DA makes sense to save £50k+ gain experience + make money.
    If its a good company.
    If its in the area you want.

    Uni is great for some people and not all its cracked up to be for many others.
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    (Original post by SaturnAndSun)
    Hey, I’m in my first year of college and I want to start a degree apprenticeship for IT once I’ve finished college. However I can be quiet shy and find it hard to make new friends. My parents therefore are saying it’s a bad idea as I probably won’t make any friends and the company will be loads of middle aged men. Especially if I am moving across England to a new place where I don’t know anyone, I don’t think I will fit in well the whole 3 or 4 years that I will be there. Therefore i was wondering if there will mainly be middle aged men or if there will be loads of other apprentices and people my age (18) that are also there or if I will really struggle. Therefore will I be better off only going to uni to make more friends? Otherwise I worry about spending every lunchtime by myself as I won’t know anyone my age.
    Hey there! If you apply for those apprenticeship programmes at medium to large size companies, you usually get a good mix of apprentices to group together with. However, I do admit that the majority of people that I work with are twice or even thrice my age. I do make the effort to speak with graduates and other apprentices during the lunch break, but I do know some apprentices that prefer to spend lunch alone. I get along with those that are around my Dad's age or older and we go on walks sometimes. It really isn't that bad, depends on the type of person you are.
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    Hey everyone, thanks for the help!
    After thinking about it for ages and looking at different degree apprentices as well as unis, i decided against the degree apprenticeship and fell in love with a particular university, however I am still considering going into an IT sector after I finish at uni
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    Hey, I’m in my first year of college and I want to start a degree apprenticeship for IT once I’ve finished college. However I can be quiet shy and find it hard to make new friends. My parents therefore are saying it’s a bad idea as I probably won’t make any friends and the company will be loads of middle aged men. Especially if I am moving across England to a new place where I don’t know anyone, I don’t think I will fit in well the whole 3 or 4 years that I will be there. Therefore i was wondering if there will mainly be middle aged men or if there will be loads of other apprentices and people my age (18) that are also there or if I will really struggle. Therefore will I be better off only going to uni to make more friends? Otherwise I worry about spending every lunchtime by myself as I won’t know anyone my age.
    Hi, I know being in a new environment might be daunting to say the less, however, being in an office environment definitely benefits in building confidence and relationships.

    When starting an apprenticeship you will be put in a team that are welcoming and will help you settle within the workplace. You start to build a relationship with those colleagues which will be essential to how you grow professionally and as an individual. They will be from different background, culture and even different age groups, but you will eventually make friends with like-minded people with similar interests.

    I would advise, when speaking to an apprenticeship provider to request finding an employer that have a key interest in hiring a lot of apprentices or if they currently have apprentices already in the business to make you feel more at ease.

    An apprenticeship provider will find an employer that will help your progression, they wouldn't throw you in an environment where your surrounding by middle age men all day, to be honest, it's very rare that will ever be the case.

    Once you get to know people, the company culture and everyone's personality you will have no trouble making the transition as a degree apprentice.

    If I missed anything or if you have any questions let me know.
 
 
 
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