#3. What are you and what do you want from me? Part Two: School Leaver Programmes & Sponsored DegreesBlogs
#3. What are you and what do you want from me? Part Two: School Leaver Programmes & Sponsored Degrees
Ok, so the typical university path isn't for you but you're not totally adverse to the idea. Want to gain experience and get the same standard of education? Well you'll be pleased to know you can have your cake and eat it. These two options have a number of differences but they'll both give you the chance to get university standard qualifications (or with some, more) and get you up and running in the work place. School Leaver Programmes
School leaver programmes aren't always easy to define and will vary from company to company and industry to industry, however they are usually a fixed term ranging from anywhere from three to seven years.
Sound like forever?Don' t worry you'll be doing something different all the time whilst learning about the company, the industry and your role within it. You'll likely have a mentor who's helping you find your feet both in the working world and with your studies. So don't think you' re dropped in the deep end and left to try and swim. That mentor will help you through your structured plan that could see you attend university full or even part time whilst you work for the company.
School leaver programmes are meant to be a viable and realistic alternative to university and so you might work towards both a degree and professional qualifications during your time there. All this and you'll be earning a healthy salary and getting stacks of work experience! Whilst School Leaver Programmes are usually with larger companies, make sure you scour the internet as a number of SME's or companies that you may never have heard of might offer your perfect programme. Sponsored Degrees
Sponsored degrees are like the mythical prize at the end of the maze. They do exist, they're even becoming more popular with companies, but it takes a lot of hard graft and dedication to get one and a lot of determination and discipline to make sure you're balancing both your employer's expectations, your workload and your newfound freedom at university. It goes without saying that Sponsored Degree programmes are incredibly popular, but they're something that should be approached with respect. With your sponsor likely paying some, if not all of your fees, potentially offering you a salary to rival some full time roles and giving you work experience to the envy of thousands of students across the country, this isn't the time to decide you want go out for a third night running. To get ahead of the curve you need to be researching the companies that offer sponsored degrees as early as possible to ensure that subject choices and grades will be up to their expectations. If you're applying to an engineering company are your A-level subjects reflective of that. Remember that you won't be picking what or where you study. Are you happy taking that course and living in thatcity? It's a lot to take on board, we know. But if you get it all right, approach it in the right way and understand your commitments you're opening doors early on into a graduate job and a fulfilling career.
Next Week: #3. What are you and what do you want from me? Part Three: Apprenticeships
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