Around 30 per cent of students in Germany leave university before they obtain their Bachelor’s degree (source: Heublein et al. 2017). The reasons for this vary considerably and range from unfulfilled expectations of the subject they are studying to difficulties in funding their studies and the desire for a more practical approach. It would be wrong to assume that these students will fail – on the contrary. These are young people who are in a professional orientation phase and are therefore potential trainees or employees with a great deal of promise.
By acquiring their university entrance qualification, students who have dropped out of university have already successfully won a place at a university. This means that they already have a good standard of education.
Students have always managed to start their studies before they leave. Depending on the level of the specialisation semester, competence in the areas of scientific work, teamwork, independent organisation of working and learning as well as subject-specific topics and content have usually already been acquired. Last but not least, the process of deciding to leave university also involves other important personal skills and experiences.
If early leavers decide not to study but still want to follow the same career path, they can apply in the various professional fields. You may be able to contribute good to in-depth, state-of-the-art expertise to the company which you can build on directly while you are training.
As a rule, early university leavers have taken a close look at more suitable alternatives while they were weighing up their options, they are therefore clearer in their choice of career and, as a result, also more motivated. They are often also very grateful to be given a ‘new chance’ and they are therefore highly motivated trainees.
In comparison to school leavers, early university leavers are usually already older and more mature. This means that they are often more independent and have a wider scope of action. They are also more oriented and sounder in their professional decisions.
In contrast to trainees who often decide to deepen their knowledge after training, early leavers rarely return to the university and are often kept on by their companies.