• Question: What is the most stressful part of the apprenticeship?

    Asked by fear499had on 12 Feb 2024.
    • Photo: Mark Eyles

      Mark Eyles answered on 12 Feb 2024:

      I think that will vary person to person. I’m not a big fan of taking exams… tests. As I’ve gotten older though I’ve started to understand why I think. It was because I hadn’t done enough work to be sure I would do my best, as a younger man I was easily distracted by those things I enjoyed most. Exams on my favourite subjects, Engineering, Physics I never really had any nerves or stress. Maths and Geography much more stressy. Really, there will be nothing to stress about. Apprenticeships are there to encourage and train people, young and not so young. If you apply yourself and do the best you can, you can do no more, and so to stress makes no sense – just be pleased with what you were able to achieve – that’s the way I think about it.

    • Photo: Jack Hughes

      Jack Hughes answered on 15 Feb 2024:

      As Mark said people experience stress differently, and personally, my greatest source of stress revolves around balancing deadlines when I have exams, coursework, and client work due at the same time. It demands self-motivation, on an apprenticeship you get lots of support from friends and the company who will often allow you to prioritise exams over work which allows me to balance work. I am grateful for the ample support and companionship I receive. While there are pressures I face in my job there are many stresses I don’t have because of it, I’m more financially stable than most students as I have a regular income and job opportunities when I finish will be better as I have 4 years of experience to apply!