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Can anyone share their experiences of doing a degree apprenticeship?
I’m currently in my first year of a levels on track to get AAA in philosophy, business, and English Literature. I have no clue what I’d do at uni or which apprenticeship, but I prefer the idea of the lack of debt and gain of experience in a degree apprenticeship. Anyone have any insight?
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I’m about to sit my End Point Assessment a year after finishing my 5 year degree apprenticeship in Engineering. It was delayed due to covid, but as far as I’m aware, I’m in the first wave of those to finish.

Let me know what things specifically you’d like to know.
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I’m about to sit my End Point Assessment a year after finishing my 5 year degree apprenticeship in Engineering. It was delayed due to covid, but as far as I’m aware, I’m in the first wave of those to finish.

Let me know what things specifically you’d like to know.
How did you find work and study balance?

How flexible were they ? Especially during covid.

Were you able to work remotely during covid?

Was it stressful?
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I’m about to sit my End Point Assessment a year after finishing my 5 year degree apprenticeship in Engineering. It was delayed due to covid, but as far as I’m aware, I’m in the first wave of those to finish.

Let me know what things specifically you’d like to know.
Do you think its was worth it ?
Did you have time for a good work/social balance?
Is it overly time consuming?
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How did you find work and study balance?
As an apprentice, you have to do your university studies in your day/block release from work, and in your own time. However, you take less modules each year than full timer students. There didn’t appear to be any difference in scheduling on the universities side. This meant some months were super heavy with assignment work. It was especially difficult when exam time was approaching. It wasn’t uncommon to work/study 12 hour days for months on end at certain time of the year.

How flexible were they ? Especially during covid.
Deadlines are fixed unless you have extenuating circumstances such as bereavement or poor health. I stopped going into uni in final year before covid. I could self teach in reference to the slides more efficiently on my own by this point.

Were you able to work remotely during covid?
Yes, although some on-site work was required, I was shielding a family member and they were very understanding.

Was it stressful?
At times, extremely stressful. I lost friends and partners. I had physical symptoms and got rashes from stress. My personality was all over the place at times. There’s a lot of pressure to perform when there’s a company behind you.
Despite this, I made new friends and came out of it not only more competent academically, but also a much better well-rounded individual.
It’s not for everyone, but if managed properly and with an employer who will invest in you, it’s a life hack to vocational success.

Although I finished my degree apprenticeship with three academic publications, I wouldn’t say I’m particularly gifted. I got all C’s (6s) in GCSE - no A-levels. It’s the development opportunities my apprenticeship offered me that boosted my performance.
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Do you think its was worth it?
Definitely, without a doubt. Although, I had an exceptional employer behind me. I could assume I might have been more fortunate than others.
My workplace is particularly high level and challenging specialised work. Many of my colleagues have PhD’s and some used to work as lecturers/research leads at universities.
Despite this, my apprenticeship has made me competent enough to work proactively and independently. I’m considered a subject matter expert in some areas, where colleagues will go to me for help.
My work also has a graduate scheme, and typically employ MSc/MEng students with a first class degree with honours. Despite this, I can say my apprentice colleagues work at a far higher level despite the lower level academia qualification (BEng).

Did you have time for a good work/social balance?
There’s a common misconception that you miss out on the “student life”. I joined my local universities student union as a guest (studied in a different city), joined lots of societies, and made friends with lots of other students. I was often out on weekends or some evenings with just like any full time student.
I’d actually recommend this over most other things, having something to take your mind of studies is paramount.

Is it overly time consuming?
It can be unbearable when approaching exam time, especially early on. But you improve your planning, discipline, and writing skills to become more efficient over time. There’s tricks and tips for completing assignments/exams quickly and with good grades, but I’m sure they’ll be a separate and course specific thread for that.
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How did you find work and study balance?
As an apprentice, you have to do your university studies in your day/block release from work, and in your own time. However, you take less modules each year than full timer students. There didn’t appear to be any difference in scheduling on the universities side. This meant some months were super heavy with assignment work. It was especially difficult when exam time was approaching. It wasn’t uncommon to work/study 12 hour days for months on end at certain time of the year.

How flexible were they ? Especially during covid.
Deadlines are fixed unless you have extenuating circumstances such as bereavement or poor health. I stopped going into uni in final year before covid. I could self teach in reference to the slides more efficiently on my own by this point.

Were you able to work remotely during covid?
Yes, although some on-site work was required, I was shielding a family member and they were very understanding.

Was it stressful?
At times, extremely stressful. I lost friends and partners. I had physical symptoms and got rashes from stress. My personality was all over the place at times. There’s a lot of pressure to perform when there’s a company behind you.
Despite this, I made new friends and came out of it not only more competent academically, but also a much better well-rounded individual.
It’s not for everyone, but if managed properly and with an employer who will invest in you, it’s a life hack to vocational success.

Although I finished my degree apprenticeship with three academic publications, I wouldn’t say I’m particularly gifted. I got all C’s (6s) in GCSE - no A-levels. It’s the development opportunities my apprenticeship offered me that boosted my performance.
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Do you think its was worth it?
Definitely, without a doubt. Although, I had an exceptional employer behind me. I could assume I might have been more fortunate than others.
My workplace is particularly high level and challenging specialised work. Many of my colleagues have PhD’s and some used to work as lecturers/research leads at universities.
Despite this, my apprenticeship has made me competent enough to work proactively and independently. I’m considered a subject matter expert in some areas, where colleagues will go to me for help.
My work also has a graduate scheme, and typically employ MSc/MEng students with a first class degree with honours. Despite this, I can say my apprentice colleagues work at a far higher level despite the lower level academia qualification (BEng).

Did you have time for a good work/social balance?
There’s a common misconception that you miss out on the “student life”. I joined my local universities student union as a guest (studied in a different city), joined lots of societies, and made friends with lots of other students. I was often out on weekends or some evenings with just like any full time student.
I’d actually recommend this over most other things, having something to take your mind of studies is paramount.

Is it overly time consuming?
It can be unbearable when approaching exam time, especially early on. But you improve your planning, discipline, and writing skills to become more efficient over time. There’s tricks and tips for completing assignments/exams quickly and with good grades, but I’m sure they’ll be a separate and course specific thread for that.
Thank you so much i really appreciate this!
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Can anyone share their experiences of doing a degree apprenticeship?
I’m currently in my first year of a levels on track to get AAA in philosophy, business, and English Literature. I have no clue what I’d do at uni or which apprenticeship, but I prefer the idea of the lack of debt and gain of experience in a degree apprenticeship. Anyone have any insight?
Damn this is non related to your question, but how the hell are you getting As in Philosophy? Do you mind sharing in dms. Also what apprenticeships are you looking at doing?
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Damn this is non related to your question, but how the hell are you getting As in Philosophy? Do you mind sharing in dms. Also what apprenticeships are you looking at doing?
Yeah of course just send a message, and I have no clue, definitely degree apprenticeships I like the look of the business related ones since I don’t like maths like the KMPG ones for example
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hehe same, i don't like maths either. So you're interested in things like a Chartered Manager apprenticeship then, consulting or marketing? Would you be interested in a digital apprenticeship like a kind of computer science one? As far as I know, you don't need computing.

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Yeah of course just send a message, and I have no clue, definitely degree apprenticeships I like the look of the business related ones since I don’t like maths like the KMPG ones for example
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hehe same, i don't like maths either. So you're interested in things like a Chartered Manager apprenticeship then, consulting or marketing? Would you be interested in a digital apprenticeship like a kind of computer science one? As far as I know, you don't need computing.
If I don’t need computing then definitely a computing related one could be great, i also like the accountants and business ones too
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Guys I had a question.

I have an offer for the chartered manager degree apprenticeship but also one for digital technology solutions degree apprenticeship.

I don't really know what I want to do in the future. Which degree would be better for me? I may go into consulting, banking, finance etc.

I was thinking that Chartered Manager Degree apprenticeship would give me a degree in business management which is much easier than digital technology solutions as I don't have much interest in software. At the same time would I be limiting myself with a business degree?
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There are different specialisms for the DTS apprenticeship, so depending on your employer you may not do software. But if you want to go through finance and management consulting, take the charted manager DA. Can I ask which employer it is

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Guys I had a question.

I have an offer for the chartered manager degree apprenticeship but also one for digital technology solutions degree apprenticeship.

I don't really know what I want to do in the future. Which degree would be better for me? I may go into consulting, banking, finance etc.

I was thinking that Chartered Manager Degree apprenticeship would give me a degree in business management which is much easier than digital technology solutions as I don't have much interest in software. At the same time would I be limiting myself with a business degree?
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