Getting a job and going to uni aren’t polar opposites, so examine the detail. Many training programmes combine paid work with study – you could even take a degree part time – while students need to get work experience.
Northern Ireland offers apprenticeships in a range of areas – engineering and technology are common, but there are also plenty of opportunities in fields such as business, health, retail and hospitality.
Worked out what apprenticeship or degree course you want to pursue but don’t think your parents will approve? Here’s how to discuss things with them to show your point of view and address their concerns.