We want students to be successful. We want them to be able to finance their education, to find the area of study that best suits them, and to find their way to a rewarding career. At a time when students – burdened by debt and a struggling job market – are competing with more of their peers for fewer jobs it is increasingly important that they do what they can to be prepared for the workforce.
Many turn to apprenticeships to give themselves a competitive edge. According to the Department of Labor, apprenticeships offer “a combination of on-the-job training and related instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation.” (Read more on the subject from the DOL.) They allow students to gain specific skills and knowledge and they can help students transition from school to career.
Now, some would argue that some apprenticeships may end up being less an educational experience and more about cheap labor for the company. Others would advise students to first consider the field they wish to study, as some industries simply don’t offer practicable apprenticeship opportunities. We do not wish, however, to enter these debates. We simply wish to pass along some helpful information to those of you who may want to consider adding an apprenticeship to your resume.
So where can a student begin? Here are some tips from your BBB: