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Erik, 20

"I'm developing my strengths early in my career, allowing me to create the ultimate career path through a digital apprenticeship".

Read more of Erik's story below

What's it like being an apprentice at your age?

"It's a fantastic feeling to know that a huge global company is heavily investing in my future and giving me unrivaled opportunities that many can't buy. Being early in my career gives me the space to develop my strengths and create the ultimate career path.
Whilst my friends are enjoying the perks that University offers, I'm getting a head start. I think it's important to make calculated sacrifices which will pay off moving forward."

So, where does your confidence come from?

"I have always been involved with extracurricular activities from an early age and this highlighted that there's more to life than just sticking to the status quo. Confidence doesn’t come from reading a book or attending a course, but in my case hands on experiences."

What does being an apprentice mean to you?

"A chance to leverage expertise in order to add value to myself and develop my career in a particular market."

What's it like working at your age?

"I like the freedom that employment offers. Obviously, getting a competitive salary at this age is excellent from a saving perspective. It is also very satisfying to go to work and engage with global initiatives at such a young age. I feel like I'm a part of something great."

What's next for you?

"Going to complete the Cisco programme and see what happens! I hope to explore an international career within the APJC region. Tech isn't going anywhere and I want to position myself where it all starts."

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