Im 17 working as a software development apprentice, Ask Me Anything!

Updated on Dec 10, 2018

Hi!
Im 17 years old and 7 months into my software development apprenticeship in london primarily doing web development. Ive learnt both front end and back end development and want to answer your questions to spread how an apprentice can benefit your company and for people my age show that it could be a better route than UNI :) thanks

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At first, I read "I have 17 years working as a development apprentice" and I was like "Whaaaat? that's waaaay too much time for an apprenticeship"

But now onto the questions, did you do a full CS degree or you took a boot camp? what was that pivotal moment when you went from fresh student to "knowing enough to get a job".

Haha, i hope im not doing an apprenticeship for 17 years :).

I did neither, i learnt the fundamentals of programming and learnt basic Python, MySQL and VB in school at the age of 15 and played around with it in my free time. My company was happy to allow my to join the company and mould me and teach me what i should know. The first 2 months was just learning HTML SCSS and C# doing little to none work. Alot of companies now are hiring young people with no knowledge to mould them into their apprentice.

What did you learn to get the job? What things were you focusing on? How was the interview?
How should I prepare for the same route?

Thank you!

Hey Balogh,
I learnt Python and SQL to get the job even though i am not using it in my job it showed i am able to understand. Personally i think companies arent bothered about what you know, i think they care about being your willing to learn.
The interview went really well for me you should just express your desire to learn and try to show your maturity as you don't want a company to think they are hiring someone too young/immature.

Work experience and examples of your work too!

Glad to hear the interview went well Jack. Could be a bit awkward at work if it hadn’t! 😜

Hey Jack!
Thank you for taking the time!
These were the same things I was thinking about for the first time. But as it turned out, people in Hungary are quite not the same.
Maybe I should apply for jobs abroad..

Sure thing, over the last couple of years theres been a big push for apprenticeships in the UK. So maybe you could consider :)

Hi Jack!
What programming language are you learning right now? How do you start learning it? What are your plans for the next few years?

Im learning both front end and back end so SCSS HTML, C# and SQL. However in the future i plan to learn C# in more depth.
codecademy.com/
pluralsight.com/
freecodecamp.org/
are all good sights that i used to begin learning

What was the first thing you worked on as an apprentice?

I started off doing internal work, learning the ropes and all. However my first external, serious project was adding new menu pages for a pizza company, just basic CSHTML pages, it then progressed to more serious work like a log in page etc.

How far does your formal education go? Are you doing this straight after GCSEs, A Levels or something else?

What level qualification do you get after completing the apprenticeship?

Hi Andrew, i completed my GCSEs and during them took Computer Science where i was introduced to software and found my passion there. It was my first practices of Python that helped me really get into software. After doing A-Levels for 4 months i realised 2/4 of the subjects i was taking (History and English) was not related to computing and i knew i wanted to have a career in Computing/Software. So i left A-Levels to focus more on Computing/Software and my apprenticeships gives me A-Level equivalents (Microsoft Certified) so i am not at a disadvantage :)

What is the difference between an apprentice and a junior developer?

Hey Anton,
I see an apprenticeship as more of a learning experience, in replacement of school/college/uni where as a junior developer as a less experienced / lower down position. Thats how i see it :)

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