Why Take an Apprenticeship Instead of a Job

Apr 20, 2020

Are you having trouble finding a job in IT? Have you ever considered an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a structured training program designed to get you real-world experience in a professional setting. This concept is something that we take seriously here at Tech One IT. First off, an apprenticeship isn’t an internship. You aren’t going to be stuck fetching coffee all day. Instead, you will be working as part of the team, learning skills that will help you land a permanent position and enhance your future career prospects in IT.

 

Here are some reasons why you should think about taking an IT apprenticeship instead of a job:

 

Finding a Job After Graduation is Tough

Tech One IT offers the perfect employment solution to freshly-graduated job seekers. Rather than spending weeks or months after graduation working in coffee shops or call centers, waiting to land the job of your dreams, you will be working in the business as an IT apprentice. There will be no downtime between you walking across the stage with your diploma and you putting that diploma to work.

At Tech One IT, we work with companies, both big and small. These companies are hoping to find the next big name in technology working for them, which is why they come to us. With our decades of experience in the field, we can match them with apprentices who will be perfect fits for their IT needs and company culture. To do this, we need to work together with talented IT graduates to fill those positions! Which is where the IT apprenticeship program comes in!

 

You Will Gain Invaluable Experience

School is supposed to prepare you for the “real world.” Your time there is spent learning skills and abilities that will serve you once you leave the walls of their institution and enter into the workforce. But here is the problem: your academic experience? It often doesn’t even matter.

Companies are looking for actual employment experience. They want to see how you handle issues in high-pressure situations. They want to know about outside-of-the-box thinking that led you to a solution.

It’s the old catch-22. You need to have the experience to get hired, and you need to be hired to gain experience. That’s why apprenticeships can be a fantastic career starting point for young IT professionals.

An IT apprenticeship is “on-the-ground” training for newly-minted graduates. Companies want to make sure you have what it takes before they risk hiring you as a full-time IT employee. By taking you on as an IT apprentice, they can work with you and see what you’ve got before diving in.

This philosophy sounds self-serving on their part, but you get something valuable out of the arrangement as well: genuine, real-world experience with established companies. Rather than only having academic credits on your resume, you will be able to put down the name of a known employer (sometimes a Fortune 500 company, sometimes a tech start-up). You’ll have references. In future interviews, that will prove to employers that you “walk the walk” in IT terms.

 

You May Get Hired Full-Time

This possibility is one of the most compelling reasons why taking an apprenticeship might be the best next step for your career!

When a company takes on an apprentice, they are investing in that person. The time, money, and energy spent getting you trained in their procedures, learning their systems, and getting to know the company is a significant investment. Believe us, they REALLY want you to be the perfect fit for them and their needs.

So, at the end of your apprenticeship, the company has two choices. They can let you go and take a chance on another apprentice who may, or may not, be an excellent fit for their company. Or they could choose to hire you for a full-time position. The second option makes more sense as they will be getting an employee who is already committed to the company’s success, knows the ins and outs of their systems, and has already integrated into the culture.

Of course, it isn’t a 100% sure thing that you will get hired at that particular company.

 

You Have Prospects Even if You Don’t

So, you didn’t get hired at the last place you did an apprenticeship. Here is the good news: that’s ok!

Companies can pass on hiring their apprentices for countless reasons. Usually, it’s simply not the right fit between an IT professional and a company. This can be super frustrating for those who put their heart and soul into their apprenticeship.

But, that’s usually the best thing for both employer and employee. Here’s why:

After an apprenticeship, you will know the environment you like or don’t like. If you find that job wasn’t a good fit for you, we’ve got you covered! Once you finish your apprenticeship, we will welcome you back to work with us until we find the right fit for you. In the meantime, you will have accumulated a ton of real-world, on-the-job experience that will bolster your resume and make you a much more attractive prospect for any IT positions available in the future.

 

At Tech One IT, companies depend on us for IT solutions, whether that entails finding the best employee for their team, or whether they need a team to implement a new system. We are continually seeking out the top talent in IT programs in universities, colleges, and trade schools. Contact us today, and we can get started setting you up with an apprenticeship that will get you started on a lifelong career in IT!

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