From a young age I knew what I wanted to do; I wanted to build websites. I never enjoyed school, I wanted to start working. When I was at school I looked forward to getting home and doing web development.
I taught myself code, I worked on websites for local small business and that kind of experience was brilliant. I thought an apprenticeship would be good because I would learn things on the job that I wouldn’t get to learn at college. At school, I always knew I would do an apprenticeship because I love web development, I want to freelance when I’m older and an apprenticeship gave me the knowledge to do things I wouldn’t be able to do if I just started my own company without any experience. I’ve never been interested in going to University and knowing that after I secured my apprenticeship I would be kept on at my company was great.
For a career in web development, experience is important. That’s why an apprenticeship seemed so good, you get on the job training, you learn soft skills you wouldn’t necessarily learn at college and you’re working for an actual company. Having my foot in the door with the possibility of being taken on felt great, I know how the company works and have lots of valuable experience. I assist with the development of projects within the company so my main job is to do coding. I’m also the go to man when it comes to IT assistance so although it’s not web development it gets me more experience.
You get on the job training, you learn soft skills you wouldn’t necessarily learn at college and you’re working for an actual company.
My company spotted my skills and put me on higher level courses as well as my level 3 qualification that have Microsoft certifications. I would recommend an apprenticeship, without workplace experience It can be difficult in some industries.
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