Not going to Uni

Sam Apprentice


Sam Chowdhury from Portsmouth tells us why he's happy he did an Apprenticeship.

I went to Priory School and then on to Havant College and had originally chosen to attend university. Choosing instead, to work in a field of my interest whilst being trained by professionals and earning a wage was a very easy decision. I am now an ICT practitioner at Fareham Academy.

Where would you like to go next in your career?

I'd like to take further steps within the ICT sector as that is my chosen field of interest.

What was/is your favourite thing about being an apprentice?

I feel that the opportunity I was given, gave me a head start in the real world of work compared to most people. On beginning the apprenticeship, I quickly realised the difference between working and going to school. There were so many things I had come up against whilst working, that school hadn't prepared me for. For example, conversing and getting along with people of multiple ages, general etiquette within the work environment and also learning how to organise and structure time.

What’s the best bit of the job/ what do you feel proud of and why?

The best part of the job was being able to look back and see how far I'd come in terms of gaining work experience and how much I've grown as a person. Being an apprentice has made me a lot more confident in developing my own skills and being proud of the work that I produce which never really occurred at school.

What did you buy with your first pay-cheque?

With my first pay-cheque, I had put down a deposit on a car.

Would you recommend apprenticeships and if so why?

I would recommend an apprenticeship to students who would rather not carry on to further education and already have a good idea of what kind of field they would like to work in.

What is your greatest achievement?

Learning how to be completely independent was probably my biggest achievement, as for the duration of my apprenticeship I had to move away from home and live by myself for the first time without family and friends. This included being responsible for myself which meant having to be financially stable to be able to pay for my food, rent, and bills.

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