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Apprenticeships vs University

I want to do cardiac physiology but I am stuck in the middle of doing a degree at uni or an apprenticeship. I am also worried that my social life will be lost due to an apprenticeship and I want to make friends my age.

So pls give me advice
Original post by Lemon 24
I want to do cardiac physiology but I am stuck in the middle of doing a degree at uni or an apprenticeship. I am also worried that my social life will be lost due to an apprenticeship and I want to make friends my age.

So pls give me advice

Hello @Lemon 24,

It's great that you're considering both of your options!

I think a big deciding factor is how you learn best - do you enjoy academic learning or is learning on the job day-to-day more your style? I did a two year apprenticeship before deciding to go to University. On the whole, I did enjoy some elements of my apprenticeship. It was great being able to learn and see the theory in context. However, I really enjoy the breadth of topics I get to engage with on my course and the research that's involved.

In terms of socialising, there were a large group of apprentices where I worked so finding friends the same age was no issue. There may be an apprentice network within the NHS (assuming that's where you'd be doing the apprenticeship), or you could meet people act activities outside of work. Nevertheless, the social aspect of uni is one of the factors that attracts people! There's lots of events, societies and opportunities to meet people from all around the globe. If you're open to building relationships and you make the effort to get involved with things, you can make some really good friends at university.

With an apprenticeship, you do get a lot of experience, but there's also the opportunity to gain experience through work placements when you're at university. It's also worth considering where you want to be in the long run, will doing an apprenticeship get you to the same place as a degree ultimately? Will the qualifications from both be recognised in other countries if you were to consider moving abroad? How do you want to spend your time over the next few years? There's a lot of things to have a think about, but ultimately try to gather as much research as you can, visit universities and see if you can do some work shadowing where the apprenticeship is offered and find out about funding i.e. if you were do a year or two at uni then change your mind, would you still be able to go back to do the Apprenticeship.

Hopefully this helps!

All the best of your journey :smile:
-Rebecca, 3rd Year Psychology Student.
https://youtu.be/vKlScJB9weg

For aspiring degree apprentices!
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Original post by University of Huddersfield Student Rep
Hello @Lemon 24,
It's great that you're considering both of your options!
I think a big deciding factor is how you learn best - do you enjoy academic learning or is learning on the job day-to-day more your style? I did a two year apprenticeship before deciding to go to University. On the whole, I did enjoy some elements of my apprenticeship. It was great being able to learn and see the theory in context. However, I really enjoy the breadth of topics I get to engage with on my course and the research that's involved.
In terms of socialising, there were a large group of apprentices where I worked so finding friends the same age was no issue. There may be an apprentice network within the NHS (assuming that's where you'd be doing the apprenticeship), or you could meet people act activities outside of work. Nevertheless, the social aspect of uni is one of the factors that attracts people! There's lots of events, societies and opportunities to meet people from all around the globe. If you're open to building relationships and you make the effort to get involved with things, you can make some really good friends at university.
With an apprenticeship, you do get a lot of experience, but there's also the opportunity to gain experience through work placements when you're at university. It's also worth considering where you want to be in the long run, will doing an apprenticeship get you to the same place as a degree ultimately? Will the qualifications from both be recognised in other countries if you were to consider moving abroad? How do you want to spend your time over the next few years? There's a lot of things to have a think about, but ultimately try to gather as much research as you can, visit universities and see if you can do some work shadowing where the apprenticeship is offered and find out about funding i.e. if you were do a year or two at uni then change your mind, would you still be able to go back to do the Apprenticeship.
Hopefully this helps!
All the best of your journey :smile:
-Rebecca, 3rd Year Psychology Student.
In terms applying for cardiac physiology degree apprenticeship, will there be both assessment centre and a interview because I have applied to the one in Manchester alongside its hospital as well that's located in Manchester but it does not mention that, but if they what tips and advice would you give and what websites can I use to practice.
Original post by Laidgve
In terms applying for cardiac physiology degree apprenticeship, will there be both assessment centre and a interview because I have applied to the one in Manchester alongside its hospital as well that's located in Manchester but it does not mention that, but if they what tips and advice would you give and what websites can I use to practice.
Hi @Laidgve

Rebecca's post was from a couple years ago and she has since graduated so will be unable to respond.

From looking at this website: https://beta.jobs.nhs.uk/candidate/jobadvert/C9349-24-0645

If you scroll down on the right there are attached supporting documents- in the document labelled 'Person specification' in the table on the end column 'method of assessment' it looks like there will be an interview and assessment either during the interview or separate. These documents could also help you plan your interview responses- if you look at the 'essential' and 'desirable' columns, you may be asked questions on the requirements listed.

Best of luck for your application,
Lewis

Social media and content officer - University of Huddersfield

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