I started programming at the age of 12 through lessons at school. I did not see it as a career option until I was 16 and heading into sixth form. I had the most amazing IT teacher who had previously worked at BT and told me about the degree apprenticeships that were available here. I knew for a while that university was not for me, as it scared me at the thought of moving away from home! That’s why when I heard about the BT apprenticeship, I knew it was the best option for me.
Also, the major benefits of a degree apprenticeship made it a no brainer to apply for. I will be getting a degree whilst earning money and gaining experience in my desired career, as well as not getting myself into any debt. The experience I have gained whilst doing my degree has helped hugely with completing the university assignments. Being able to ask other apprentices who have already done the university modules for help is something I would not have been able to easily do if I was attending university.
It may seem that I missed out on the typical “uni experience” but having the extra money has allowed me to experience life outside of working hours without any added stress.