In my opinion, not only educational knowledge but also real experiences are very important sources for successful careers. One of iMADdu’s slogans is, “Bridging the gap between academic and practical through apprentice”. Apprenticeships will give students the opportunity to apply their educational knowledge in real business situations. Also, learning business aspects from practices will broaden students’ perspectives. Real business cases and experiences are interesting and challenging. Hand-on experience will definitely prepare apprentices to be more effective workers in the real work environment.
Even with previous practical experiences, some specific situations require new skill sets from workers, such as persons who want to change a career field or who expect a promotion. Different types of jobs normally require different skill sets. So, without preparation for the new career, it would be more difficult for workers to know and develop new skill sets for a new job. Being an apprentice is one of tools to help workers achieve new valuable skills.
Furthermore, apprenticeship allows apprentices to expand their network which will definitely be helpful and useful in the future. Good references from professional people are a good support for the job application. Apprentices will gain more confidence to be ready for the real working experience from hand-on experiences. Apprenticeship will also add value to job applicants, and apprenticeship could unofficially be a trial period for apprentices to find out their real interest for a specific career.
Additionally, I believe in lifelong learning, and we learn something from everything we do. I think that we should keep learning and improving ourselves. An apprenticeship is one of the tools to help you keep learning outside the school which will prepare you for a dynamic work environment.