Going to university can be a great experience. You meet new people and work towards achieving a degree which can help you progress further into your chosen career path. However, studying at a university is not the only option you have when you have completed your A-levels. There is a range of other routes you can choose that may suit your needs.
An alternative option that many people consider is completing an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships give you the flexibility to work and earn money whilst studying a course part time. The qualifications and wages you get from an apprenticeship can vary so it’s always important to check each job description to see what you would receive. Apprenticeships can be found in various job sectors and often offered by some of the biggest companies. There are often limited vacancies so if deciding on an apprenticeship it is best to apply quickly and ensure you have a good CV to help you stand out.
You may decide that you are not interested in studying further and instead focus on getting a job. If this is something you are considering, then preparing a CV should definitely be a priority. Not only ensuring it has been proof read and in the correct format but the content is also important. There are going to be many other people who are applying for the same job and your CV is what will help you secure an interview and stand out. Having previous experience from part time jobs or volunteering can help add more to your CV. Not only does this give you experience but it also helps you develop your skills that will be required for any job role. It is also important to consider what kind of employment you want. It may be part time, full time, or even setting up your own business to become self-employed.
Many people decide that they want to study at a university. However, they want a break from studying so they decide to take a gap year. This is essentially taking one year off before beginning university. In this year you can choose to do what you want but people often decide to do something productive that will help them out. For example, working for a year could help you raise money for rent and other costs when you do go to university. Also, when you finally deciding to go to university there may be several trips available and having money saved for situations like this could prove to be useful. Although you have the freedom to do what you want in your gap year it is often best to do something productive. In your personal statement or in your interviews with universities they may ask about what you did during your gap year. So if you have something productive to talk about like working for a year or developing your skills it may increase your chances of getting into a university if the admissions team are impressed.