Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I dropped out in year 11. I had hated high school for years, and had an awful time there. I thought it was overrated and could easily make my own way in the world.
I moved out (as if my parents would want me to stay after leaving school!) and worked at coffee shops for a while, and these ones were pretty awful, high staff turnover, poor conditions. Then I was lucky enough to stumble upon a job at a small solicitors/real estate office, and they gave me a chance, and once I'd proven myself, they offered to send me through some basic business/reception training. However, at this time I could see that while they were wonderful with me, I was "the receptionist" they were "the solicitor" or "the manager" or "the agents" etc and I could never be one of them, because I did not even have the most basic level of education that is expected throughout my country. I could not even begin to apply to the types of courses they had done. Following the path I was on I could become a great admin person, but that was it pretty much. I also learned that regardless what you do, you have to work. And no matter what that work is, it will involve people you don't like.
High School is hard, but the real world is hard too. There are teachers at high school telling you what to do, and at work there are bosses. You have obnoxious peers at high school, and at work, and at uni, and share accommodation, at horse barns - everywhere.
I went back and did Year 11/12 in an accelerated program at a vocational type government college with other motivated drop outs and mature aged students. Then I went to university, graduated and learned so much. Now, looking for jobs as a graduate a year 12 is expected, a degree is expected. An applicant without a yr 12 would be immediately rejected. These days, everyone has one, and it is so "standard" that to get anything more than your most basic job you need one, and likely other courses you might do along the way.
If you're not into learning how you are, look to see if you can do some sort of integrated apprenticeship or something. But don't just walk away, you'll end up likely having to make it later. Life can be hard work, you just have to suck it up, keep going. Focus on your own world, ignore the things that are horrible and you'll make it through.