What is an Apprenticeship? 
Why Would I want One?

Apprenticeships prioritize learning and trajectory by working with established entrepreneurs to develop a valuable entrepreneurial skillset and relationships.

Traditional career paths from MBAs to JDs are getting more expensive, while the chances of landing a good job after graduation are decreasing. With an apprenticeship, you get paid to learn valuable skills in today's marketplace instead of paying for a credential with decaying value.

By taking on an apprenticeship, you’re given an opportunity to get your foot in the door in a fast-moving startup or online businesses. What you do with it from there is up to you.

Listen to successful apprentice Corrin Pope talk about her experience with GetApprenticeship:

What kind of opportunities can I find at Get Apprenticeship?

We specialized in apprenticeships which have five characteristics:

Paid - You won’t get paid much starting out, but you should make enough to cover basic living costs

For Startups - You’ll be working in a small, fast-growing company, either directly with the founder or with an executive officer. This means you will get to see the real nitty gritty of how business works

Learning - Because you’ll be working in a small, fast-growing company, you will live by the motto “adapt or die.” If you’re looking for an easy paycheck, you won’t find it in an apprenticeship. What you will get is a fast track to learning some of the most valuable skills in the economy today.

Non-technical - You don’t need to know how to code, but you should be familiar with some tech basics like the most common HTML tags, WordPress, and CPanel.

Remote - You’ll primarily be working remotely which means you’ll have freedom over your schedule and location. It also demands that you know how to get organized and show measurable results with your work.

In general, an apprenticeship is a choice to prioritize learning over earning. In the same way people get a graduate degree in the hopes that it will increase their future career earnings, an apprenticeship is a demonstrated way to increase your future earning power.

In some ways, you can think of apprenticeships as the “anti-internships” - you get paid and you will learn valuable skills as opposed to fetching coffee for free.

Mark FriesenSuccessful Apprentice

"I recognized the risks involved with a traditional path, and was looking for ways to transition and demonstrate skills in a new field... 

...I have long seen the value in apprenticeship, without a clear path to pursue it.

If you're looking for ways to gain experience in a new field and connect with some great opportunities, check out Get Apprenticeship."

Do I have to pay for an apprenticeship?

No. The cost is borne by the company doing the hiring.

What can I expect from an apprenticeship?

As an apprentice, you’ll be immediately put onto the front lines of the company, doing serious work.

You will be pushed and challenged and stressed. It will not be easy, but you will learn more about business in a year than most people learn in a decade.Typically, you will report directly to the executive and receive direction and be accountable to them.

An apprentice provides an extremely valuable mentor relationship that demands you continually exceed expectations and deliver on outcomes.

A successful apprenticeship will substantially accelerate your career possibilities on a 10-year timeline. You’ll have access to opportunities you didn’t even know existed.

Apprenticeships are a potentially life-changing opportunity for those looking to learn new skills and make new connections.

An apprentice by definition requires the following minimum viable traits:

Learns quickly
Works hard
Exceeds expectations / Overdelivers
Gets results
Is Accountable

How long does an Apprenticeship last?

Apprenticeships aren't for everyone. They're for people ready to make a commitment to levelling up their career for the long term. Two to four years is a good estimate for how long a successful apprenticeship will last. That gives enough time for you to develop and mature within the company so that you are in a strong position for the next step in your career, in the same company or somewhere else.

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What's the difference between an apprenticeship and an internship or assistant role?

We purposely differentiate between other types of entry level roles by using the term “apprentice”, as opposed to more common terms like “assistant” or “intern”.

Interns are the unfashionable younger brother of Apprenticeships. Instead of working for free and trying to learn some sort of useful skill while doing useless tasks and staying out of everyone’s way, you’ll be getting trained on valuable skills from SEO, writing, to pivot tables so you can make a real impact.

(Virtual) Assistants typically work on established processes within a business. An apprentice may start working on established processes, but should quickly progress to actually building the processes and driving growth through the skills they are learning.

What does an apprentice actually do?

GetApprenticeship.com focuses on marketing, sales and utility player roles like customer success and operations. You will quickly learn skills that capitalise on existing opportunities that will help you understand more about how the business works.

You will start with things such as:

  • Scheduling blog posts / content
  • Data entry
  • Community Management
  • Customer Service
  • Research
  • Appointment setting
  • KPI tracking and reporting

And eventually move on to more complicated projects:

  • SEM and SEO campaign management
  • Email Marketing
  • Creating internal business documentation / SOP’s / Processes
  • Outsourcing tasks
  • Outreach and Biz Dev

By virtue of your position, you will learn everything about how a start-up / small business / tech company works, and experience every aspect of the company from the ground up. You will build an extremely valuable entrepreneurial skillset that will put you in a position to turn your own ambitions into a reality.

Once you outgrow your job, you’ll move up to whatever role in the company you’re best suited for (or, maybe you do your own thing). This can and often leads to managing entire departments or filling CEO positions.

Employers don’t hope that apprentices grow into new positions, they expect them to move up.

How can I improve my chances of getting an apprenticeship?

Do something. The best apprentices are already working on something and looking for an apprenticeship not as a last ditch option but as an accelerant. They’re already working on Facebook Ads, or SEO, and understand what Cpanel is, but they’d like to work on all those things in a business that has a $20k/month ad spend.

Click here to browse some of our past opportunities to get a feel for what sort of positions are available.

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