As John puts it “The apprentice has become the Jedi and gained a new Padawan Learner”.
Sameer, an experienced Full Stack Software Developer, started his career as an apprentice and now mentors Calogero, a current apprentice at ENSEK.
Sameer: I started my apprenticeship a few years ago after I decided University wasn’t suited for myself.
I came across an apprenticeship to do with development without having knowledge to do with software development at all.
I didn’t even know what C# was! But luckily, the company decided to give me a chance. I would say that it definitely helped my career given it defined it to start with, it wasn’t something I initially thought of.
Looking back on it, I think hands on experience is so much more beneficial for someone trying to get into this industry.
Sameer: Actual working experience is the major benefit - plus getting paid and not being in debt 😉
Sameer: As quick as it’s come, it feels good. I’ve always wanted to do this since I became a Junior Developer 3 years ago, I’ve always been the kind of person to help other people, so it feels like it’s naturally gravitated towards this outcome.
Sameer: I would say that it depends on what kind of career you’re looking for. Mine was a complete accident. It started off as something to do and turned into: ‘This is actually pretty good; I’m going to follow it through’.
Of course, some jobs require you to get a degree in certain things and for that, obviously go to university to get what you need. However, the alternative of an apprenticeship is a hugely beneficial one.
Work experience, a salary, no debt, and a certification at the end - it’s a winner all around.
An apprenticeship also has the benefits of having actual experience on your CV, which in some cases is more beneficial than purely having the educational side.
Calogero: I decided to go down the apprentice route as I believe there are lots of benefits, such as: on the job experience - which is crucial in learning and developing skills, the qualifications you gain from an apprenticeship to proceed with your education, gaining an open a career path, and much more.
Calogero: I saw ENSEK as a big opportunity as I want a to proceed my career as a software developer and I might as-well make it interesting by working with an energy industry and I believe ENSEK can offer me this.
Calogero: The best thing about my early days has to be working in an extremely friendly environment and extending my knowledge as a software developer.
Calogero: What I would like to get out of this apprenticeship is: to gain further programming knowledge, having an experience of working in a professional environment, and to proceeds my career of being a software developer.
If you're keen to understand the growth opportunities within ENSEK and how this can develop your career, get in touch with John at: email@example.com