Doing an apprenticeship is a great way of having real-life work experience and getting a feel of what it’s like to actually work in the industry. It is also one of the ways to avoid going to university but still getting a career you desire. If this is something you’d be interested in, continue reading! The following are top 10 tips that will help you find an apprenticeship:
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1. Research is crucial! Read about all the different areas of engineering you can potentially work in, which companies take more interns in, what skills are necessary, etc.
2. Choose an area you are most interested at (or few if you can’t decide), whether that would be mechanical engineering, civil, aerospace or any other, and look for work opportunities there.
3. Use various resources with apprenticeships – some companies prefer advertising vacancies through a third-party agency (similar to job agencies). Also consider national training organizations. Again, similar with agencies, these are used by employers to advertise jobs.
4. Look for jobs in newspapers, both online and offline. Some employers prefer doing it the old way and put vacancies in the actual paper.
5. If you have a company in mind that you would love to work for, go straight to their website and look for vacancies there. Even if there are none, you can still try and send your CV via email and ask if there are any positions/opportunities available.
6. Even if you’d rather be working than studying right now, consider applying for a short (maybe one-year long) course at your local college. Having the necessary skills and education will make you look more appealing to employers over the other applicants. Engineering is a competitive industry so you have to stand out.
7. Build up your network of connections! Ask your family members, friends and teachers at school if any of them know about apprenticeship opportunities. If you are not using LinkedIn yet, it is time to sign up and use it as an additional tool of searching for vacancies.
8. Find out which jobs/areas are lacking skilled workers and interns and apply there as well. Even if you are more interested in another area of engineering, it would still be a good experience and you will have a higher chance of getting the job. You might also love your apprenticeship so much that you wouldn’t want to switch to a different area in the future!
9. Attend all career fairs, workshops, lectures and talks you can find – they will be helpful in building your set of skills, getting new connections and understanding what having an apprenticeship really means.
10. In the end, choose a few apprenticeships that would suit you best and spend some quality time writing cover letters and getting ready for interviews. Ask for help and practice with job advisors at school as well!