my bf is a poly dropout. I met him during poly orientation and we started dating awhile after. He dropped out after a year and got enlisted while I went to uni after poly.
He decided to drop out because no matter how hard he studied, he was still failing most of his modules. Apparently, he just wasn’t academically inclined.
He then enlisted in army and his army friend recommended him to work as a waiter at his friend’s father’s restaurant during the weekend.
After finishing army, out of an interest in cooking, he did a part-time course at a culinary school while continuing his part-time waiter job. Upon finishing the course, he worked as an apprentice at a restaurant.
He worked very hard and took many part-time courses and participated in competitions along the way. He slowly worked his way up from apprentice to head chef.
He then went on to work at a five star hotel as a junior chef and recently got promoted to sous chef, which pays him more than what I earn as an accountant.
It took him many years of hardwork to get to where he is now. It’s definitely way harder for someone without paper qualifications to find a job that pays well. But as long as you’re willing to constantly improve yourself and prove yourself to be worthy, there would always be a place for you to shine.
Success is not determined by how much paper qualifications or how many A’s you’ve got. It’s your attitude that determines your success.