I just got a two years technical diploma (I think like the community college type diploma in the US) at a small school for adults in central Paris. I'm now a Superior Computer and Networks Maintenance Technician, pompous isn't it ?
I always had trouble motivating myself at school, usually because it was too easy, sometimes because it needed too much work (when I was in "classe prépa", an elite system where you're supposed to work day and night), so I never got anything other than a high school diploma, and felt like a failure.
So when I discovered I could get that two years diploma in 6 months, I jumped on the occasion. It was a very practical course, intense but manageable since admission was linked to tests, so we all had a good basis to work on. I aced it, and time didn't feel so long, since after a few months, only a few other months remained. A professor even offered me a teaching job at the end !
Now I'm looking for a job, or rather I'm trying to decide between all the offers I'm getting !
If I find a nice job I'd like to further my education with night classes and online courses. My brother is doing this already, he's getting a master in finance while working at a bank selling obligations to wealthy clients. My goal is to get an engineering degree eventually.
Adults studying is quite rare here, but fortunately there is less need for an active policy since studying is free for all. If you've got a job and take night courses, your company foots the bill. Still, a lots need to be done, especially for the jobless and people in manufacturing jobs that have a bleak future.
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