United Kingdom / Quantity surveying degree level apprentice
Why you chose an apprenticeship?
When I finished my A-Levels, I was stuck on my steps and so I decided to take a year out. Throughout this year I began working full-time and realised how much I preferred learning things on the job rather than in a textbook. This led to my apprenticeship with Mott MacDonald, where I can get the benefits of getting a degree whilst having a hands on approach to learning on the job. It was apparent to me, that doing an apprenticeship was much more suited to me that going to university.
What do you like about doing an apprenticeship?
There are two main aspects of the job I like. The first aspect is the support I get from my team around me. The people I work with at Mott MacDonald have been so helpful with my development, not only at work but also with my university work. Being an apprentice offers the benefit of having people around you in the profession. I can always ask for help and everyone is happy to assist. Being able to attend university alongside working also helps put your learning into perspective as it can all be put into practise.
The second aspect is the experience provide a boost in my early career. Students attending university on a full-time basis often have less opportunities for experience. Through my apprenticeship, I will graduate with four years of work experience which is what I believe makes doing an apprenticeship such an invaluable route.
What are your future goals?
I am looking forward to finishing my apprenticeship and gaining my qualifications with Mott MacDonald. After I finish, a long term goal of mine has always been to work abroad some day, so I would love to be able to move away and tackle some big projects independently in another country!
Being an apprentice offers the benefit of having people around you in the profession. I can always ask for help and everyone is happy to assist.