Hi guys, I also started at 17.
Here in Germany, depending on the type of school you visit before, you can start an apprenticeship from early as 15 which is also the legal minimum.
The decision that my Job had to be something electrical was already made when I was still in single digit age.
The hardest part was actually the first months of the apprenticeship, manual metalwork. Days of filing, grinding, sawing.
Being an apprentice in an industrial plant, most of my work was indoors, unlike a classical el. contractor working in buiding construction. I imagine the weather and temperature being quite a hard part when you are in construction.
Funny, i just realised filing metal and filing paperwork is the same word in english.
Last edited by andey; 02/12/19 07:28 AM.