Franziska Schubert’s life first became chaotic on the day she decided to bring some order into it. She was 17 at the time, a year ago this summer, and she had come to the Eberswalde Career Information Center to talk about her future, namely about what to do with herself and her life after graduating from high school. Plenty of people had already given her advice – parents, friends, teachers. They had told her that the world was now at her feet, and that she should take advantage of economic growth, the lack of skilled professionals and fantastic educational options.
No generation before hers had been in better shape. That was what Ms. Schubert heard.
No generation before hers had been forced to choose among so many possibilities, without any guarantee of which of them could lead to success. That was what she thought.
“The career counselor wanted to know what my strengths and weaknesses are,” she said. “Then he told me about even more options. In the end, I said to myself: Okay, now I’m right where I started. I just have an extra 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of paper to carry around.”