Many of our apprentices are just beginning their professional lives. Some are fresh out of college, while others are choosing a different path from the traditional four-year degree and getting started straight from high school. Most are career changers.

Perhaps neither of those applies to your situation. Maybe you already have some professional experience under your belt, or you hit the Pause button on your career to raise a family. Is it too late to change paths or to begin a career for the first time?

The ultimate answer to that question will be found in your mirror, honestly. It takes energy and dedication to launch a successful career at any stage. But an apprenticeship can be the perfect vehicle to starting – or restarting – a career later in life.

The Diverse Backgrounds of Apprentices

When we speak of diversity we usually think first of ethnicity or gender, and our apprentices are indeed diverse by that definition. But Franklin Apprentices are also diverse in background, and in the paths that have brought them to the cusp of a new career in technology.

In the ranks of our apprentices you’ll find former stay-at-home moms, those who’ve served our nation in the military, and those who’ve simply decided it was time to seek a more promising career. Lawrence spent nearly two decades in hotel security before becoming an apprentice. He’s now a valued team member at his company and on track to become a network engineer.

Why Apprenticeships Work for Older Candidates

The typical path to a career change involves burning the candle at both ends: Working all day (or night) to pay the bills, then using most of your free time to go to classes or to train online. It’s exhausting, and especially difficult when that training and learning time happens at the expense of your family.

When an employer brings on an apprentice, they agree to build time into the workday for all the related training and coaching. You’re paid from the first day, learn during business hours, and while you might need to do some self-paced studying, your free time remains mostly free to spend with the people you care about.

Also, smart employers value your life experience in addition to your technical abilities. Interpersonal skills are an important part of success in any field, and anyone who’s served in the military or raised children knows at least a thing or two about cooperation and communication.

Your age needn’t be a handicap, and in fact can be a plus. And the apprenticeship model holds many advantages to support your new career path or your return to the workforce.