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Breaking off training: this is how it continues now

Too stressful, too boring or simply wasted: The Termination of training feels like a defeat, a failure for many trainees: started something and then not brought it to an end. But that's nonsense! In fact break around every year 20 percent of the trainees their training prematurely. The drop-out rate differs from job to job, but who is Cancel training usually has good reasons for doing so. And that doesn't have to be the end of your professional career at all. What matters is how you proceed afterwards. We'll show you the options ...

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Dropping out of training: the reasons

Clench your teeth or quit training? Astonishingly often, the initiative comes from the trainees themselves: 57 percent of the dropouts go to one Termination by the trainee back, in only 32 percent of the cases the training company quits, the rest is done by mutual agreement.

According to a study by the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), when trainees drop out, this usually happens for the following reasons:

  • The Conditions in operation (70 percent). The majority of dropping out trainees cite conflicts with their boss or colleagues; criticizes the training itself as well as the working hours and criticizes others for often having to do non-training activities.
  • But also health problems are decisive for almost every second dropout (46 percent).
  • Every third trainee (33 percent) drops out because he or she is unhappy about them Career choice. Some say that the apprenticeship was not their dream job from the start; others imagined the training and the profession to be completely different.

Throwing it down is not a solution either

Even if the frustration is so great and the job is completely different than expected: Apprentices should never break off without a plan B and terminate their training contract. In quite a few cases the termination is a short-circuit reaction, a termination out of affect. Fatal! Because then the young people risk being left with no alternatives and possibly slipping into unemployment.

This can also become a boomerang and a problem the next time you apply for an apprenticeship. Anyone who breaks off their training on a whim will only encounter incomprehension, usually also a rejection, from HR professionals - after all, the employer could be the next victim of a frivolous whim. Note: “I don't feel like it anymore, all the crap there” is not a good argument for a termination; “Lost in choosing a career”, on the other hand, is more likely.

So if you plan or are thinking of terminating your training contract, try to hold out for a while and continue with the training until alternatives are found and you have found a new employer or trainer.

Abort training: what now?

Admittedly, when you drop out, it grows dangerto be one of those 17 percent of young people who end up without a professional qualification every year.

But it doesn't have to come to that. Your commitment and your willingness to compromise are now decisive. So that dropping out of your apprenticeship does not become a problem with your next application, you should proceed as follows and become active again as soon as possible after the first shock:

  1. analysis

    The first step is to get the Reasons for canceling analyze soberly and honestly. Above all, it is important to identify those causes that were based on your ideas and expectations. These can be corrected best and fastest.

    A lousy boss, bullying colleagues, false promises in the interview - these are all good reasons for dropping out of training. But this can happen to you again in the next company. However, next time you can pay more attention to these points and ask about them or do research on the Internet.

    Deficits, on the other hand, can be compensated for or worked up; Formulate expectations more realistically. It's not easy, but it can be done. And when you show a new employer that you've learned from your first dropout, your chances of getting the job go up significantly.

  2. Research

    The second step should be new and realistic Develop perspectives: What training is possible now? Which companies do I have good chances with? What are the alternatives?


    Medium-sized and small companies in particular have the advantage that personality and practical skills often play a greater role than formal qualifications.

  3. Reason

    You should also be good Find arguments for canceling. Whatever is possible: “The work was very different from what I had imagined. My career aspirations also developed differently during this time, so that I would like to reorient myself ... " Most HR managers understand that young people find it difficult and can sometimes be wrong when choosing a career.

    Depending on whether you drop out of your training within the first two months, you don't even have to mention this in your résumé. The period of time could also be declared as “career orientation”. The question might arise, however, why it took so long and why you didn't start with it in the last year of school.

    It is crucial, however, that you show that and what you have learned from the termination (if you state it). Above all, credibility and willingness to perform score points here.

When in doubt, you can choose the new one Training company or employers also offer a short internship or one Trial day to be completed. This is a good opportunity for the new company to test yourself and convince yourself of your abilities. Accordingly, you should present the offer seriously and motivated. Because after dropping out, your greatest strengths are your ability to learn and yours engagement.

After all: who his Training canceled usually continues afterwards:

  • 50 percent close one afterwards new training contract in another company.
  • 9 percent choose that direct career entry - without education.
  • 8 percent switch to one Vocational school or start studying.
  • 4 percent visit them again first schoolto improve their school leaving certificate.

Only 17 percent will after that unemployed. But as I said: it doesn't have to come to that ...

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January 31, 2021Author: Jochen Mai

Jochen Mai is the founder and editor-in-chief of the career bible. The author of several books lectures at the TH Köln and is a sought-after keynote speaker, coach and consultant.

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