apprenticeship as a college dropout

"Only those who have the courage to change something will never be a failure" (D.Papenkordt, 2010)


After graduating from high school, you decided to start studying at a state university or technical college - but have now realized that theoretical studies are simply not the right path for you? Do you find it difficult to motivate yourself to go to the lectures in the morning and just thinking about the next exams makes you lose interest?! Then gather your courage and do what is best for you and your future.

Apprenticeship at poe - THE alternative to studying

You think you have no alternative and that you have to "get through" it now, because a break in your CV is not welcomed and social conventions don't think it's "good" if you "only" do an apprenticeship and don't go to university despite your Abitur ?!

Leave all your doubts aside, dare to change something - it's all about you and what you think is right! We know how difficult this decision is, we really do! At the bottom of the page we have provided you with a testimonial from an employee. You are welcome to read there whether you are in a similar situation or whether you find yourself in one or the other place.

Over 50 trainees are happy with us

We have been training for 25 years now and during this time we have been able to successfully settle around 50 trainees who have previously tried a different path into the world of work.

We don't want to sound arrogant, but we know what we're talking about and what you need to embark on your new life path with full motivation. We will take your previous qualifications and start right there in order to offer you the training that fulfills you and makes you happy.

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Apply today and start your apprenticeship with us! You just have to dare - then we are your partner.

Field report on dropping out

A drop out can also be a new beginning.

We could tell you a lot about why an apprenticeship is better than your current studies, or encourage you to change something, but we just want to let someone affected tell their own story - maybe you will discover something in common at one point or another.

We're being discreet, not naming names, but let you know that the story comes from a current poe employee:

"How many have I completed my A-levels and the question I was repeatedly asked by teachers, relatives and acquaintances was just the one "What do you want to study after your A-levels and do you already know where?". That put a lot of pressure on me, because to be honest, I had no idea.

So I'm gone for now. Get to know new things for a year and simply put the big question of the future on the back burner.

Well, a year like that goes by quickly and I found myself in exactly the same place in life as right after I graduated from high school: what do I do now? For those around me, it was clear that you go to university with your Abitur. So I studied the offers of the nearby universities and found out about subjects that sounded interesting to me - at least I knew that I wanted to go into business. The applications went really well and I was already an enrolled student. I started my studies highly motivated and my family was also "proud".

The lectures were dry and felt like half an eternity - I knew that from my school days and found it normal. It was becoming increasingly difficult for me to motivate myself and to go to the lectures – because let's be honest, nobody at the university cares whether you are present or not. The first phase of the exams was imminent and I just felt very uncomfortable. I was afraid of the exams - afraid of "failing" and that people wouldn't be so proud of me anymore.

But what is the alternative? To give up? Interrupt? That was out of the question for me. You've heard it often enough that there shouldn't be a break in your CV, otherwise you'll never find anything again and your career will be over before it even begins. No way! That's not an option. So I tortured myself and pulled through 4 semesters and got sadder and unhappier from semester to semester.

At some point I gathered all my courage and talked about it with my family. I said I didn't want to study anymore, that all this theory just wasn't for me and I couldn't motivate myself to go to university anymore.

And who would have thought it – I received encouragement and together we decided to look out for an apprenticeship. And that's when I came across the poe. I applied, and most importantly, I was honest about it. My CV already showed that I had dropped out of college and I also mentioned it in my cover letter so as not to give the feeling that I was trying to hide something. I couldn't believe it at first when I actually received an invitation for an in-person interview - and I'll tell you: I was so excited and nervous.

But what's the point – I plucked up all my courage, dressed casually chic, as was mentioned in the invitation, and drove to Büren. During the interview, the question about the canceled studies came up very quickly and I answered it honestly: "I miss the practical work and I noticed that the course of study is simply not for me." I was excited to see how the reaction would be , but that was completely unnecessary. I was shown understanding and couldn't have felt more comfortable.

Long story short - I started and successfully completed my training at poe and no further lesson felt like half an eternity. To this day, I enjoy driving to work every day.

In conclusion, I can only say: Dropping out of my studies and training at poe was the best decision I could have made.

I was always motivated and challenged. My strengths were recognized and used in a targeted manner. I was given the chance I needed and I was brave and took it."

Be brave and take your chance! Apply today.

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