I have been a Software Engineer Degree Apprentice working at Zircon Software for 10 months, having joined as soon as I finished college.
I knew that I wanted to learn more about the practical application of Software Development, expanding my knowledge from school and college through experience within the industry, without taking on a student loan through university. As I was finishing college and making decisions around my future, I looked into how I could start a professional career in Software Engineering that wouldn’t require me to go to University for 3 or 4 years first.
A Degree Apprenticeship was the clear option; the ability to get a degree and begin to gain valuable work experience. I now work on interesting technologies that I would not have known about otherwise, such as machine learning and new web technologies, and have been able to pick up a wide range of skill sets, providing me with practical knowledge that I would not have gained through the normal Academia/University route alone.
For anyone who is looking to start a career and earning money, whilst maintaining the ability to gain a degree qualification, I can’t recommend this choice enough. I know for sure that I would not have been as happy just studying a degree alone, having to work part-time to make money to live.