If can’t decide between apprenticeship and a degree, we’ve taken on the task of weighing up the pros and cons.  

Perhaps the most attractive feature of apprenticeships is their learn-while-you-earn aspect. There’s also the security of being likely to land a job when you complete the apprenticeship.

Today’s employers want you to hit the ground running, and apprenticeships give you the chance to do exactly that. They can also help you get a foot in the door in sectors that are difficult to enter without the skills and experience. 

However, if you decide later that you’d like to study, or change careers, you may find you need to start back at the bottom of the ladder. 

Apprentices generally start on low salaries whereas if you graduate from university, you’re more likely to have a higher starting salary. 

Experience is crucial, but many employers also value qualifications. An undergraduate degree is a solid starting point. A university education demonstrates that you have a strong aptitude for learning as well as attributes such as independence and responsibility. 

Graduates find that the study hours pay off in the long run, as employers tend to offer them higher starting salaries. The good news is that many universities offer more vocational courses now as well. Therefore, you won’t necessarily find a disparity between your academic prowess and the more practical and person-based skills needed for the workplace. 

Ironically, having a degree can make you overqualified for a job. Employers are starting to look for other skills that candidates can bring to certain roles. Being able to offer these skills can be the difference between getting hired and losing out.