Blog: Daniel Morrison, Lockheed Martin
I’m Daniel Morrison, Software Developer at Lockheed Martin and this year’s winner of Microsoft’s Modern Apprentice of the Year Award. After an uncertain start to my post-school life and dropping out of university in my first year, I joined Lockheed Martin in November 2013 and haven’t looked back. Now nearing the 2-year mark with the company, I’m still enjoying my work immensely and couldn’t be happier with how my apprenticeship turned out.
Why did you decide to leave university?
Daniel Morrison Lockheed Martin I wandered into university to study mechanical engineering just because the subjects I did at school pointed in that direction. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. After several months I wasn’t enjoying it, and it became pretty clear to me that it wasn’t what I wanted to be doing for the next 4-5 years and beyond.
I considered switching to a different degree, but I was worried about getting it wrong again and wasting another year of time and university funding. So I decided to leave and get a job.
My plan was to work for a year to earn some money while considering my options. After a while, I decided that if nothing came up I would go back to university, hopefully with a better idea of what I wanted to do. I also started doing a bit of programming in my spare time.
What attracted you to becoming an apprentice?
I saw an advert from QA on a jobs website. Up until that point, I hadn’t really considered it as an option, since I didn’t realise developer apprenticeships even existed.
I basically liked it for all the usual reasons people give for doing apprenticeships:
Being able to learn on the job and gain experience;
Being paid to learn;
Not having to spend several years at university building up debt;
A better chance of employment at the end, etc.
For me, there was also an added benefit of getting to work in the industry right away and being able to see if it was something I would enjoy doing in the long run, since I was still nervous about having a repeat of my experience at university. Some graduates find themselves disappointed with their jobs, but with an apprenticeship you know from early on what you’re getting out of it.
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