Decision making

There are several things to consider when deciding about a career path and further studies.

Sometimes it can be difficult to weigh up pros and cons of university, apprenticeships, degree apprenticeship or entry level employment. So to help weโ€™ve put together some points to consider.

Qualifications

What qualifications they currently have and what they want to achieve? If they have 5 GCSEs including English language and Maths or equivalents, do they want to study towards their A levels qualifications?

If they have A levels or their equivalents, do they want to obtain degree qualifications?

For more information about different qualification routes, please visit our site here

Learning preference

Do they enjoy studying or do they prefer learning through practical activities? If they are academic and enjoy learning through theory, they might want to consider further education or university, however if theyโ€™re more practical and like hands-on work, an apprenticeship would be a perfect option for them.

Finances

With the combination of tuition fees and costs of living, university can be very expensive and put a lot of people in debt. Apprenticeships, instead, are fully paid for and apprentices get their wage. Apprenticeship salaries at TfL start at London living wage for level 2 and 3 and they get higher with the level.

Travelling

Do they want to relocate for a job/university or are they comfortable staying at home? Would they want to travel abroad as part of their job/university exchange programme? All our roles are based in London in a few different locations and currently we donโ€™t have international placements. During the pandemic, most of our office-based employees have been working from home.

Social life

Do they want to be part of a large campus community and develop their social life at university or would they rather build their network and be part of a smaller cohort through their apprenticeship? At TfL, we hire around 150 apprentices each year and we have many network groups in the organisation. Everyone is welcome to join. Also, some apprentices, depending on a programme, are on a course with apprentices from other companies so they can network with like minded individuals from outside of the company.

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