For a heap of us, uni just isn’t on the cards. There’s plenty of valid reasons for deciding not to go but just because you don’t want to go to uni doesn’t mean you’re not keen to learn or don’t want to get qualified. Luckily, there’s plenty of other ways to do both these things and one of our favourites is a business traineeship with our mates at ARC.

Doing a business traineeship with ARC is the perfect way to skip uni, still get qualified and earn while you learn. It’s the ultimate triple threat and definitely something you should be considering.

1. Skip uni

Like we said, uni isn’t for everyone and there are plenty of reasons why you might want to head down a different pathway; you might not have gotten the ATAR you needed, you might not be keen on the idea of graduating with a tonne of debt or maybe you just don’t want to commit to a degree when you have no idea what you actually want to do. All fair reasons.

A business traineeship can solve all these problems. If you’re not 100% sold on doing a degree, making a decision to commit to studying can be pretty terrifying. Luckily, traineeships are shorter than a degree (you’re looking at one year worth of full-time learning instead of three).

This means you can get busy doing something (and your parents can’t complain you’re lazing around), gain a qualification, earn some cash and not worry about losing all your progress if you change your mind later on down the track.

Plus, you don’t need an ATAR and you’re not going to graduate with a heap of HECS debt sitting on your shoulders. Win-win.

2. Get qualified

Getting qualified with a business traineeship is a pretty sweet gig. It’s a 12-month on-the-job qualification, where you work in a specific business and role that suits you. You’ll only be working regular office hours, which means your weekends are completely free (and you won’t need to stress about finishing a massive essay that’s due).

You’ll do all the practical learning about the business world at your job as well as having time allocated to finish all the theory stuff you need to cross off your list. It’s easy to get confused by a business traineeship and all the other apprenticeships about there, but the key thing to remember is that a business traineeship is in an office environment (when we say practical work experience, we don’t mean you’ll be chucked on the tools).

When you finish your business traineeship, you’ll have a nationally recognised qualification plus a heap of valuable experience in an actual business environment. If you’ve ever tried to apply for an entry level job that’s asked for five or more years of experience, you’ll know how bloody important this is and it’s a heaps better way to build up your resume than with an unpaid internship or prac.

On top of that, once they finish their training, most ARCies land a full-time gig so doing your qualification with ARC is a pretty safe bet.

3. Earn while you learn 

One of the best bits of doing a business traineeship is that you’re literally being paid to learn. You don’t graduate with a massive debt hanging over you and when you compare the stats between uni grads and VET grads, the VET students come out ahead.

It’s a massive head start, one that’s severely underrated. Plus, becoming an ARCie means you’ll be looked after every step of the way. They’ll help you find an employer, check in on you and make sure everything is running smoothly.