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Should I continue my "college"(elite high school) Or pursue an "apprentissage"

For a civilised introduction, hello my name is Julian. I'm a 16 year old who is confused whether to take an apprenticeship (some might be familiar with the word or prefer the word "protégé" they are virtually the same nonetheless) or continue to study on a "college" (Le college Jean Jacques Rousseau to be exact). My dilemma is that even though I'm currently studying in a REALLY good institute (great future, opening to many high end professions, eye-candy to curriculum vitaes, etc.) I just don't feel studying anymore, I hate doing school essays, paper works, etc. So should I pursue an apprenticeship or continue studying even though i'm not feeling it anymore?
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Old 24.01.2010, 22:55
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And oh just for the record, i'm completely quadrilingual (being able to speak English, french, italian, german and of course my mother tongue, Tagalog).
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And oh just for the record, i'm completely quadrilingual (being able to speak English, french, italian, german and of course my mother tongue, Tagalog).
I count five... take it math is not your strong subject?

What trade/profession are you thinking of going into?
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Re: Should I continue my "college"(elite high school) Or pursue an "apprentissage"

I cannot make the decision for you, but don't think that if you start an apprenticeship you'll avoid 'school-work'. There will be plenty of theory whatever you decide to do. The main difference is that if you can gain an apprenticeship place, the 'school-work' might be more interesting to you than the stuff you are doing now.

I don't know about Geneva, but around here it's not always that easy to get an apprenticeship place with a good firm. What sort of thing were you thinking of?

Perhaps you could go to your local career counselling/career guidance - (Berufsberatung - orientation professionnelle (?)) and see if they can help you make the decision.
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Re: Should I continue my "college"(elite high school) Or pursue an "apprentissage"

Take a year out and go and do something worthy, tough and filthy somewhere in the developing world.

You'll either love it and find your vocation in life, or realise that typing essays up on a computer in a cosy little flat isn't so bad after all.

Good luck, whatever you decide to do!
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keep in school, doubt many people enjoyed being in school , including me. In the end it is worth it. (6 extra years) and many more jobs will be open to you. I have noticed that an apprentice doesnt get to do more than admin work.....for the rest of their life. Thats the ones that choose to go into an office. dont knowwhat you want to get into.....
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Old 24.01.2010, 23:21
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I count five... take it math is not your strong subject?

What trade/profession are you thinking of going into?
Yes, you're right, i'm horrible with anything associating with numbers :P. I may want to have an apprenticeship in the medicine section if not universal litterature may be a good option for me (learning japanese) or psychologist


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Take a year out and go and do something worthy, tough and filthy somewhere in the developing world.

You'll either love it and find your vocation in life, or realise that typing essays up on a computer in a cosy little flat isn't so bad after all.

Good luck, whatever you decide to do!
I already did. 2 months of soul searching :P.



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keep in school, doubt many people enjoyed being in school , including me. In the end it is worth it. (6 extra years) and many more jobs will be open to you. I have noticed that an apprentice doesnt get to do more than admin work.....for the rest of their life. Thats the ones that choose to go into an office. dont knowwhat you want to get into.....
MATHEMATICS.
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I already did. 2 months of soul searching :P.
Two months is nothing: You need a complete cycle of seasons at the very least - even better to take a couple of years if you can afford it.

And go a very, very long way away, to somewhere really quite unpleasant.

The Congo, for example, or Scotland.
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It's utmost. Stay in school. If you speak five languages very well but not perfectly you may struggle. We only employ people with advanced mother tongue level English for example, and I'm sure many companies are the same with other languages. School isn't fun. That's why it's worth a lot. Becoming an apprentice is great if you know what you want to do, but I doubt you do. School lets you not know for a bit longer while progressing at acquiring abstract skill sets. You seem to have confidence. Don't sell yourself short yet.


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And go a very, very long way away, to somewhere really quite unpleasant.

...Scotland
How disgusting. You know what they eat there?

Go get shot in Somalia rather, better that than the slow, painful decline resulting from deep fried pizza or boiled organs.
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Two months is nothing: You need a complete cycle of seasons at the very least - even better to take a couple of years if you can afford it.

And go a very, very long way away, to somewhere really quite unpleasant.

The Congo, for example, or Scotland.
For some reason Scotland made me crack up :P.
But the thing that I hate is that when you go to a foreign country where the presence of foreigners is undevelopped, people everywhere look at you for no apparent reason (I am asian BTW) for example when I went to Kosovar, people from every corner were looking at me as if I was some kind of alien to them, which is quite unsettling.
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for example when I went to Kosovar, people from every corner were looking at me as if I was some kind of alien to them, which is quite unsettling.
They probably wanted to eat you.

Asian food is becoming quite popular in the Balkans these days.
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Old 24.01.2010, 23:36
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And it's Kosovo, the people there are Kosovar (so is the cevapcici mmm). Stay in school. Or stay here where everyone stares indiscriminately.
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And it's Kosovo, the people there are Kosovar (so is the cevapcici mmm). Stay in school. Or stay here where everyone stares indiscriminately.
Argh, looks like everyone's on the "stay in school and eventually have Cerebral hemorrhage like symptoms" side. Hopefully i'll try to make a lesson out of this experience .
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Old 25.01.2010, 00:07
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Not really, there's just not much to separate you from every other kid who doesn't like homework. Have this discussion is 5 years when you've finished your batchelor's. And remember: not completing a batchelor's degree now is like dropping out of high school in the 50s.


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Argh, looks like everyone's on the "stay in school and eventually have Cerebral hemorrhage like symptoms" side. Hopefully i'll try to make a lesson out of this experience .
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Old 25.01.2010, 00:25
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Not really, there's just not much to separate you from every other kid who doesn't like homework. Have this discussion is 5 years when you've finished your batchelor's. And remember: not completing a batchelor's degree now is like dropping out of high school in the 50s.
Interesting comparison, even though it sounds very similar to a parent's "When I was young" quote, it has surprisingly a lot of depth (even if it's intentional or unintentional), thanks for solidifying your reasoning. Considering how hard it was before I might as well continue studying.
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it has surprisingly a lot of depth (even if it's intentional or unintentional)
Why 'surprisingly'?
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Why 'surprisingly'?
Sorry, I meant no harm, what I meant of "surprisingly" was how your answer made a lot of impact to me and how it got me thinking/ wondering how life must have been hard during the 50's. Which makes me feel how lucky I am because I am living on an age where almost everything is comfortable to the point of me feeling "stupidly" pampered.
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I was 16 in the 50s.You right it was very hard.remember it as it was yesterday
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Argh, looks like everyone's on the "stay in school and eventually have Cerebral hemorrhage like symptoms" side. Hopefully i'll try to make a lesson out of this experience .
Perhaps you should polish up your English a wee bit, by reading the replies
you got to your question a little more carefully.

Career hint: Stay clear of mathematics (or arithmetic as the older folk here
might know it).

Life hint: Make your own choices; live with the outcomes.
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Perhaps you should polish up your English a wee bit, by reading the replies
you got to your question a little more carefully.

Career hint: Stay clear of mathematics (or arithmetic as the older folk here
might know it).

Life hint: Make your own choices; live with the outcomes.
.
For the "is" part sorry but I have learned the american type of english and there they say "is" instead of "are" but you're right, considering that I'm living in Europe, might as well change my english grammar to an...English one.
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