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HAPPY DAYS: Aisha Kareem

IT AND Digital is one of the UK’s fastest growing sectors with great career opportunities. While university degree courses are struggling to keep pace with changing technology, Apprenticeships have the perfect combination of on-the-job training and up-to-date technology qualifications to any young person looking to launch a career in digital.

Aisha Kareem, a 21 year old Digital Experience Associate, grew up in East London and started her career with an IT Apprenticeship from Just IT. She completed her programme in October 2015 and was kept on full time by her Apprenticeship employer, T Rowe Price – a global financial management company.

“I would say I really enjoyed my apprenticeship and it was definitely more than I expected. I have learnt so much and it has really taught me to believe in myself and in my capabilities.

I decided not to go to university as I wasn’t too sure what to study, I knew I enjoyed IT because of my dad. He used to bring home different technologies for me to play with and I thought it would be a good idea to explore the industry further.”

DIGITAL GENERATION: Technology is part of every day

Through her Apprenticeship, Aisha was able to get hands-on experience from working in a real work environment.

“I prefer to learn practically and I knew university wouldn’t offer me that learning style. I have realised through the experience that I am doing exactly what I enjoy. Just like many other young adults, I didn’t have a background in IT, but I knew about technology and I wanted to learn more.”

Aisha found herself with the programme and now knows the right career for her. “Personally I would recommend an Apprenticeship as it might help you find something that you might not have found within university, they are the complete opposite from each other. You can earn while you learn on the programme, but learning for a degree means paying for it.”

LEARNING: Do what you enjoy with an apprenticeship

The Apprenticeship programme has changed Aisha and she can now communicate better with other people. The responsibility of going to work has also helped motivate her in other things such as passing her driving test, getting more involved in sports and increasing her independence.

The government has committed to 3 million new Apprenticeships by 2020, and top tech and media companies are now looking for young IT and digital enthusiasts to become their stars of the future. For today’s digital generation, University is not the only way to launch a promising and profitable career.


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