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Making the Right Move: The Cost of Delaying Your TLG IT Pre-Apprenticeship 

If you’re considering a career leap into tech, you might be eyeing a variety of options as your launchpad and TLG Learning IT Career Training is here to support your journey. But before you make any decisions, let’s explore the financial aspects to determine the optimal timing for your enrollment. 

Comparing Pathways to Tech Careers: 

Let’s take a closer look at the available options for starting your tech career: 

  • TLG Learning’s IT Pre-Apprenticeship: After successful graduation, we will work with you to connect you with a paid apprenticeship or a direct hire employment opportunity.  With this route, you gain work experience with the industry, allowing you to gain valuable hands-on skills and knowledge while earning an income. 
  • University: The traditional college or university route typically takes 4 years to complete, with costs totaling $22,500 or more per year in tuition fees. This path can result in accumulating a total debt of $90,000 over the 4-year period. Generally, university programs will lack industry experience, which means students graduate without work experience. 

The Value of Beginning Now vs. Later: 

Choosing to embark on the TLG IT Pre-Apprenticeship journey promptly means more than just enrolling in a program; it means positioning yourself for a successful IT career. It provides hands-on experience, mentorship, and networking opportunities that are invaluable for launching your IT career. Our graduates enter the workforce with confidence, armed with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in today’s competitive market. 

The financial benefits of starting your IT journey with TLG Learning are substantial. With an average entry-level salary of $70,000, our graduates are off to a strong start, setting themselves up for long-term success and financial stability.  

By taking control of your career early on, you position yourself for growth and advancement. But what if you decide to wait?  

Delaying your TLG IT Pre-Apprenticeship means postponing potential earnings. Waiting just 8 months could equate to missing approximately $46,667 in income (assuming a straight-line projection of annual salary). This delay not only impacts your immediate financial situation, but also sets you back in terms of career progression and professional development. 

Making the Right Move: The Cost of Delaying Your TLG IT Pre-Apprenticeship 

Capitalizing on Market Demands: 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Lightcast, the next decade of the tech workforce will see significant growth. Tech employment is expected to grow twice as fast as the overall U.S. workforce, with an annual replacement rate of around 6% for tech occupations. This translates to about 350,000 new tech workers each year. 

With IT employment projected to outpace overall employment growth, it’s evident that the demand for tech skills will remain strong across industries. As companies of all sizes embark on digital transformation, the need for skilled tech professionals will only continue to grow. Beginning your Pre-Apprenticeship sooner rather than later strategically places you at the front of this demand. 

Utilizing GI Bill vs. Waiting for Vet Tec 

The GI Bill allows veterans to start their IT journey immediately, potentially leading to earlier entry in the workforce.  

Vet Tec, while not yet passed (as of spring 2024), holds the opportunity to offer specialized training programs tailored to the needs of veterans. However, waiting for Vet Tec to pass again would also require waiting for implementation. If/When passed, it could be late 2024 or 2025 before Veterans can leverage. 

Ultimately, the decision to utilize the GI Bill or wait for Vet Tec depends on your individual circumstances, career goals, and preferences. Veterans can leverage resources and support services offered by organizations like ours which are dedicated to assisting them in their career transitions.  

Delaying your education isn’t just a short-term setback; it’s a detour with long-term consequences. Every day you postpone your TLG IT Pre-Apprenticeship is another day your career progression takes a pause. This ripple effect doesn’t just impact your paycheck; it impacts your ability to manage student loans, build your retirement savings, and realize your financial aspirations. 

While there might be personal or professional reasons tempting you to wait, it’s crucial to weigh the financial costs. An immediate start isn’t just a leap; it’s a calculated move towards early job placement, higher earnings, and a competitive edge in the IT world. But if you’re contemplating a delay, carefully evaluate the opportunity costs and long-term financial implications first. 

Determining the right time to start your IT pre-apprenticeship isn’t solely about timing; it’s about making a strategic move. Consider the costs, assess the benefits, and chart a course that propels you toward a brighter future in the realm of IT. The path is clear, and the opportunities are waiting—will you accelerate or pause? 


To learn more about your options with TLG IT Careers, visit our site or schedule a meeting with one of our Educational Consultants to discuss your unique needs and to determine if an IT apprenticeship or IT pre-apprenticeship is right for you!