Earn while you learn: testimonial from a digital apprentice

Struggling to decide between going to university or starting an apprenticeship? It’s a big decision, and not one to be taken lightly.

Huffington Post recently spoke with Daniel Bailey, a digital executive at Whiteoaks PR, who decided to do an apprenticeship over going to university. Here’s what he had to say:

“I wanted to get my foot on the career ladder after leaving college and that’s exactly what a PR apprenticeship at Whiteoaks offered me. The idea of ‘earn while you learn’ really appealed to me, plus it meant that I didn’t have to worry about any of those student debts that everyone talks about!

“My family thought it was a great idea and were fully supportive of my decision. My sister had already completed an apprenticeship in hairdressing, so we knew first hand that apprenticeships are not only capable, but a great way to kick-start your career.

“I learnt loads, from basic office skills, which can’t be taught in a classroom, to being able to consult and give advice to clients on their PR campaigns. I’ve been able to gain a range of invaluable skills throughout my apprenticeship, which I firmly believe I would never have had the opportunity to learn if I went to university.

“I wouldn’t say I’ve missed out on not going to university. I feel like my apprenticeship has put me in a solid position to progress my career and that’s all down to the experience I’ve been able to get under my belt, as well as the new skills I’ve gained.

“If you’re considering doing an apprenticeship instead of going to uni then get out there and do it! There are loads of different apprenticeships available nowadays, you’re bound to find something that takes your interest. I really couldn’t think of a better way to begin your career if you’re fresh out of school or college.”