Why are apprenticeships important?
An apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to work under an established dentist and learn the tricks of the trade. Here are some reasons why working as an apprentice is important in today’s competitive world:
- You get to work in a real environment
If you get the opportunity to bag an apprenticeship, it can be valuable towards your furthering your career. An apprenticeship enables you to gain first-hand experience of working in the real world. It also allows you to apply the skills, knowledge and theory that you learnt in college.
Not only that, it provides a nice learning curve as you also learn new skills – soft and technical, along the way.
- The opportunity to find out what you like
A certain specialisation might seem exciting at first, but with a lack of experience you might not know if it is indeed right for you. Doing an apprenticeship will help you get better clarity on which specialisation is best suited for you, through a greater understanding of self, your strengths and weaknesses.
- Develop Your Professional Network
Networking is critical in any profession. Being an apprentice gives you more opportunities to meet other dentists (peers and established dentists) and build connections with them that can help you to advance your career.
- Enhance your CV
Apprenticeships are the perfect way to enhance your resume through the new skills and abilities you pick up on the job. The more experience you acquire, the better you position yourself for success in setting up your own practice or landing a job. Also, if an employer has to choose between two candidates for an entry-level position; one who has done an apprenticeship, and one who hasn’t, he / she will always pick the candidate with experience.
- Showcase your skills
Sometimes, directly entering the professional world right after college can seem overwhelming. An apprenticeship helps you to ease into a working environment. What’s more, you get the opportunity to showcase your skills and dedication to the dentist who is investing time and effort in training you, which could lead to getting recruited at the end of your apprenticeship. Of course, this is not a given, but most dentists are looking to add value to their practice.
In sum, applying for an apprenticeship is one of the best decisions you can make towards building your career. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and apply for that apprenticeship today!