Training and the courage to change jobs pay off
Well prepared: A cook in training in a Frankfurt restaurant
Image: Wonge Bergman
If you don’t choose maximum pay right away, but opt for good training, you’ll have better chances later. In times of good economic activity, however, there are some temptations with long-term consequences.
EVocational training may be worthwhile for life. But, like a degree, it doesn’t immediately bring nice money: Anyone who starts a job as a helper immediately earns almost 2,100 euros a month in Germany for the minimum wage – even the highest training allowances are far below that. For prospective nurses in the public sector, this is currently 1190 euros in the first year of training. They are followed by bank clerks with 1135 euros and aircraft mechanics with 1053 euros. In this respect it is a blessing that most young people are not just looking for quick money. However, they are faced with the second major challenge: How do you find a career path that suits your own talents so well that the training does not turn into a bad investment?
Against this background, a study by the labor market economists Jerome Adda and Christian Dustmann now provides a number of new, scientifically sound arguments for the company-based German vocational training system – and for giving young people a good overview of their options on the labor market through intensive career orientation in schools. In economic terms, it is therefore above all a question of avoiding so-called lock-in effects: Once you have started on a certain path into working life, it becomes increasingly difficult for you to seize new, different opportunities.