• Question: did you all stay in school

    Asked by mikeydefreitas to Amit, Emily, Jo, Martin, Paige on 13 Mar 2012.
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      Emily Bullen answered on 12 Mar 2012:

      I did indeed stay in school, I studied up to the age of 17 in France (I did a french baccalaureate, the equivalent of A-levels), then went straight to uni in the UK.

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      Martin Wallace answered on 12 Mar 2012:

      I stayed in school until I finished my A-levels, so I was 18 when I left. I did a gap year then before going to university

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      Joanne Davies answered on 12 Mar 2012:

      Hello Mikeydefreitas – Good question!

      I left school when I was 16 years old because I wanted to be a Nanny and I tried to get on a training course but there were no placements. I got a job as a Nanny and for a while I was very happy because I thought it was what I really wanted to do.

      After about two years, I realised it wasn’t the right job for me and I left to try to find other work. It’s very hard trying to find a job with no qualifications or experience and the only jobs I could find were low paid.

      I worked in bars, restaurants and hotels for about ten years but never settled anywhere as I wasn’t realising my full potential. I became bored very easily and found the work repetitive and tiring.

      During my twenties I regretted not having chosen a college or university education, my jobs were mundane and wages were still very low. I wasn’t getting anywhere and I decided to go to university to study engineering.

      Going back to school is the best thing I ever did and now I’m doing work I enjoy that really interests me and I get to travel a lot.

      Being content and happy at work is worth so much more than any money.

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      Paige Brown answered on 13 Mar 2012:

      Hi mikeydefreitas!

      After high-school graduation, I took 1 year off to pursue my sports career in gymnastics. I think that this one year off allowed me to relax and be more ready for college!

      During college, I have not taken any years off, but sometimes I only took a few classes during one semester or took a summer off in order to relax! It is important to relax sometimes so that you can keep going strong with your education and not get burnt out.

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      Amit Pujari answered on 13 Mar 2012:

      Hi mikeydefreitas,
      Yes, very much so. I did my all education from school until graduation without any gap.

      I am very happy that I stayed in school. Without completing school, I would not have been able to do further education. And without education ‘you earn less and you learn less’ in life!