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Business 1 Lesson 90: Apprenticeships

Almost everyone in the world has heard of apprenticeships from the 18th and 19th centuries. Almost everybody knows about people who would learn from the best to gain a specific skill, such as sword making. However, most people don’t know that apprenticeships are still used around the world. They may not be for the same jobs, but they are still around to this day. Now the question becomes: which apprenticeship is ideal? Is each apprenticeship unique, even within the same field? Or, are they more universal, taking a “one-size-fits-all” approach?

Is one apprenticeship designed to work for all people?

The answer to this question, simply put, is no. Just like all people are different, all apprenticeships work best for one particular group of people. There is no single apprenticeship that will work for every person on the planet. One apprenticeship may work for my next-door neighbor, but it won’t work for me. That just goes to show that apprenticeships are meant for different people. They are designed to suit people with specific skills and interests. For example, Steve wants to be a wood maker and Joe wants to be a carpenter. They would not go to the same person for an apprenticeship, unless the teacher knows how to do both wood making and carpentry. So, apprenticeships are designed to suit specific people’s interests, and one apprenticeship does not work for everyone.

What is the ideal apprenticeship?

In order to obtain the answer to this question you must ask yourself, “What do I want to do for a living?” Once you have asked yourself that question, you will have your answer. When you know what you want to do with the rest of your life, the apprenticeship that you need suddenly becomes very clear. For example, Tommy doesn’t know what apprenticeship he wants to do. However, he knows the question he must ask himself. Once he answers that question, the apprenticeship he needs to go to will be very clear. Now, if you don’t know what you want to do with your life, then you should try to pick up as many skills as you can. Try to do as many apprenticeships as you can and see which one interests you the most. That way, when it’s all said and done, you know what you want to do.

Do I have to take an apprenticeship job?

The answer, again, is NO! If you don’t want to go into an apprenticeship, you have absolute control over whether you do. In the end, it is your choice on what you want to do with your life. The biggest thing to think about, when considering an apprenticeship is, you are being taught the rules and procedures by a successful individual. This could mean the difference between your own personal success… and failure.


Apprenticeships are great options for learning a new trade. Almost anyone can get an apprenticeship in almost any field of work. These particular jobs allow you to learn anything you might need to know in order to find success, with the added benefit of being paid. Although you aren’t being forced to take an apprenticeship, it is not the worst idea in the world. I think that an apprenticeship is a good idea and should not be overlooked when considering your future. Again, an ideal apprenticeship is the one in which you feel is best for you. So, apprenticeships are not “One-size-fits-all” and it takes real thought to find the right one for yourself.

I hope you enjoyed the essay!

Until next time, your friendly Neighborhood Homeschooler…




Just a dude who likes Performing Arts and loves Guitar.

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