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motorcycle mechanic - August 6th 2010, 10:27 PM

so for the past year and a half i've been completly in love with Harley Davidsons and have wanted to work with them, i wouldnt mind selling them but i prefer the mechanical side of things. i have my work experience in a Harley Davidson shop ,they sell and fix them. i'll be doing my work experience there in march. ill be 16 then and only have 2 months of school left before its legal for me drop out. ino some gagrages take you on as an aprentice and train you until your fully qualified but do i need any qualifications to do that ? can i leave school with only my junior cert and start my training or do i need to do my leaving cert to do that. btw i live in ireland so the junior cert is something that you do when your 15/16 and the leaving cert is something you do when you 17/18. ino most people will say stay on in school and do your leaving cert anyway but i want to start my training asap because it takes 2-5 years to become fully qualified.
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Re: motorcycle mechanic - August 6th 2010, 10:37 PM

I think it is really great that you want to follow your dream. Working in a shop is a great way to get experience and to help you get a start of a future career.
However, I think that finishing high school is important. If you change jobs or dreams, you might be required to have a higher education, and high school is important.
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Re: motorcycle mechanic - August 6th 2010, 10:49 PM

Hey there!

So I know you will hear this a lot, but I would finish high school first. My brother didn't and he regrets it to this day. Even though you have your heart set on the field. Things might change in 5-10 years, so without the high school, you are stuck. My brothers been working in temp jobs his whole life.. Hes in and out of jobs like theres no tomorrow. So I HIGHLY recommend staying in high school.

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Re: motorcycle mechanic - August 10th 2010, 12:42 AM

the thing is i hate school, so that makes me more determined to start working asap, i hardly go to school as it is, and im not exactly the brightest bulb in the box so i wouldnt get that good results if i stayed on in school, theres courses that you can do when your 16 found out about it yesterday and they takes 4 years to complete.they give you some qualifications so i was thinking about doing a motorcycle mechanics course next year.im pretty set on doing this and its the first job that i've actualy been dead set on. i had no interest in wanting a career until last year, so im pretty sure i wont change my mind about it and theres good money in it too. i know for a fact that i wont go back to school after next year .the only problem is finding a place to take me on or finding a course to do.
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