After completing your studies, you are often faced with an important choice: do you opt for a traineeship or an entry-level job? Both options have their advantages and disadvantages and it is important to think carefully about what suits you best. In this article we will discuss the difference between a traineeship and an entry-level position and list the advantages and disadvantages of both options. It will answer all your questions about what suits you best and how Venturn’s VYP program can help you do so.
The difference between a traineeship and an entry level position
The main difference between a traineeship and an entry level position is the duration of the program. A traineeship lasts on average between 1.5 and 2 years and gives you the opportunity to go through different departments within an organization and thus gain broad experience. An entry-level position, on the other hand, often focuses on permanent employment and one specific position.
Another difference is the supervision and training…. A traineeship is a work and learn process and, compared to an entry-level position, less framed. A traineeship has a selection procedure in which having a university degree is often a requirement. With entry-level positions, the emphasis is more ONE specialty rather than broadening as with a traineeship.
Why choose a traineeship as a starter?
A traineeship can be a great stepping stone to a successful career. The advantages and disadvantages are listed below.
Advantages of a traineeship
- You get the chance to complete various assignments and gain a broad experience. This allows you to discover where your interests and talents lie.
- Thanks to the broad experience and personal development, you can often grow quickly within the organization or sector.
- Traineeships for starters are generally characterized by intensive supervision and coaching by professionals, allowing you to grow and develop yourself quickly.Disadvantages of a traineeship
- Often no permanent contract and does not always lead to a permanent job within the organization afterwards.
- Due to the broad experience and short duration of the program, the workload can be high.
- Often less well paid than entry level positions, this is due to the education being deducted from the salary
Why choose an entry-level position?
If you prefer to start working immediately after graduation and do not want to invest in a traineeship, an entry-level position can be a good choice. But why would you choose this? Here are some important points.
Advantages of starter jobs
- Are generally better paid. This gives you more financial leeway and security.
- You often work in the same job for a longer period of time, so you quickly become a specialist in a certain field.
- You have a permanent contract, which can provide more peace and security in your career.
Disadvantages of a starter job
- You often work in the same department or position for a longer period of time, so you do not build up experience in other fields as quickly.
- Generally less supervision, so you need to be able to work more independently.
- You can make a career less quickly, since you have fewer responsibilities, so it can take longer before you are promoted.
Traineeship vs starter job; which job suits me?
If you have to choose between a traineeship and an entry-level position, consider your career goals, personal skills, interests and financial situation. A traineeship can be the best choice if you want to grow quickly, invest in personal development and get a broad insight within organizations or sectors. An entry-level position is suitable if you already know what you want to do and want to focus on your specific tasks and responsibilities.
Having trouble choosing? Discover your talent with the VYP programme
Discover your talent and find the position that suits you with the Venturn Young Professional Programme (VYP). This intensive 24-month program offers coaching, training, workshops and hands-on experience in the maritime supply chain, under the guidance of experienced consultants. Contact Venturn via the website, phone or call back option for more information about the VYP programme.