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"I'm training for a new career while continuing to work"

Meg studies a Digital and Technology Solutions degree apprenticeship in IT Consultancy while working as a trainee business analyst at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Trust. Meg's apprenticeship is helping her to retrain in a new career while continuing to earn and gaining a degree.

"It's an amazing opportunity that has taken a real weight off."

"I started in January 2018 with a 3 month bootcamp and since April I've been working while studying one day a week, with a one week study block every ten weeks. In some ways I would have loved to do the course in half the time, but I think over four years it will really give me a chance to develop in my role and get that experience, and it's giving me time to integrate my learning.

I'll be nearly 30 when I graduate and that's a bit scary, but I think it's better for the student in that I don't feel like it's rushed. You’ve got to demonstrate your understanding – and your employer needs to get something back from it too as they're investing in you. Everyone's got personal circumstances, maybe a mortgage, a car, general life – and I do feel very fortunate to be doing a degree apprenticeship. It's paid for, and it's an amazing opportunity that has taken a real weight off."

"I got all my results back for the bootcamp modules and I got firsts across the board, so I was really happy. Given that 6 months ago if my computer broke I'd be on the phone to IT, "Oh right, that cable broke!" but now I'm doing something I haven't done before and I've passed, so I'm really happy.

Ultimately I really enjoy doing the course, and I made this choice a little bit later in life, and I'm so glad I did. I made the right choice because I know it's what I really want to do. It’s a brilliant opportunity and I'm overwhelmed by the level of support – both in work and in uni."

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