Am I Too Young For An Apprenticeship?
Hey everyone! I hope you’re all well on this fine Wednesday afternoon.
This blog post is the first of 2 parts - am I A) too young for an apprenticeship, or B) too old? These may sound weird topics, but they’re certainly ones I know people have concerns about.
Why might someone think they’re ‘too young’ to be an apprentice, you may wonder? Well, let’s get stuck in.
This is something, as a young person myself, I know people often get. It’s understandable - all your mates are going off to uni, drinking copious amounts of AlcoPops and making new friends, and you feel left out at home.
That’s okay to feel like that. Or, even if you’re going to an apprenticeship straight from school, you might feel like you’re missing out on all your friends starting college together.
Weigh out the pros and cons. Yes, you may feel left out for a while (I promise this’ll subside) but you’ll be getting truly ahead; working, gaining experience, earning a wage and learning. Sound alright? I think so.
And, just remember - there's always so many people who don't go to university, or even end up dropping out. That person obvs wasn't me.
Throwing yourself into full-time employment can be tough!
Let’s not beat around the bush - full-time work can be hard. Workin’ 9-5, what a way to make a living. Especially if you’re only 16, fresh out of school.
But, like anything in life, you get used to it eventually. And, surprise surprise, if you’ve chosen to do an apprenticeship you’re genuinely interested in, it shouldn’t be such a chore! If you feel you’re not ready to work full-time just yet, easing yourself into it by getting a part-time job first is always a great idea.
Experience over age - you’re never too young!
One thing I hear people say often is that they simply feel too young to be in full-time work, leaving school/college etc and earning proper money.
Bearing in mind school-leavers are 16 years old, it’s understandable they may feel too young to be taking up such responsibilities. What I say is… forget the age. Experience is more important than your age, any day of the week. If you’re determined and hardworking, you’re never too young. And, in the future, companies will be impressed with your experience. Trust me on that one!
Unsure how to handle your finances?
Sure, earning your own money and receiving a wage can be a big responsibility and even pressure if you’ve never experienced it before. What do you do with this new cash? Although it may seem tempting, please don’t blow it all 1 day after payday!
Asking your parents/guardian about advice on how to manage your finances is important, especially if you want to start saving. If not, speak to your bank and they’ll be happy to give you some advice. If all else fails, speak to me. I'm joking, don’t - I’m really not an expert.
At the end of the day, everyone has to start somewhere, don't they? If you feel ready for an apprenticeship and want to throw yourself into something, go for it.
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