It’s up to you whether or not to apply for more than one apprenticeship. We’ve had candidates who completed one apprenticeship and decided they were ready for an actual job. We’ve also had candidates who completed eight apprenticeships and are still looking for more.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself before deciding to do another apprenticeship:
1. Where am I in my career?
If you’re just starting your career in marketing, then doing another apprenticeship is no problem. If you already have a marketing job and just want more hands-on practice that you can’t get at work, then sticking to one apprenticeship may be the right option.
2. Do I have the time to take on another apprenticeship?
Congratulations, you've completed your first apprenticeship! But the question is, do you have time for another one? If you are in no rush to start working, then by all means, go for it! You've got nothing to lose.
3. What skills do I still feel I need to improve?
Are there still skills you want to improve? Or are you taking on another apprenticeship just to have something to do? If you still want to learn more, then looking for another mentor to help you might not be a bad idea.
4. Will taking another apprenticeship be beneficial to my career?
Will you learn something new and useful? Will it help you make better pieces for your portfolio? Or are you ready to start your career?
These are things you need to think about. Remember, there are some things that you can only learn from a mentor, and there are other things that you can only learn in a job.
If you want to apply for different apprenticeships to try different tasks, ask your current mentor first if they can offer you these options. But if they can’t offer those tasks, and you have enough time to honor both arrangements, then it might help you to take on another apprenticeship.
What matters in the end is that you're always learning and improving.
5. Are there opportunities that I will miss if I take on another apprenticeship?
Some businesses offer their apprentices work or a paid opportunity after the 90 day period. This is not a guarantee, but it does happen. There are also many remote job opportunities that you could pursue with your new experiences.
Many candidates continue doing apprenticeships as they introduce some paid work on the side. Apprenticeships offer you more room to grow and learn. When you get paid for your work, the expectations are much higher, and at the same time, there is little to no room for error.
Ultimately, the choice is all yours. We want you to maximize your learning so that you can build a career that you love and enjoy. It's up to you to decide when you have enough experience to take a new leap.