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I'm 21 and I'm a second year Mechanical Engineering student at Cardiff University. I hate it. After a year of it affecting my health I have been diagnosed with severe Depression and Anxiety.

I made a mistake by going to university, I need and love to work outside.

 

I can't face sitting any more exams, but with little accreditation for my work so far I need to do something else.

 

Can anyone on here reccommend a route into tree work that might suit me?

A day release course or an apprenticeship perhaps.

 

I'm a quick learner and all my grades were good, I just need to not be in university, but following a career path that I want.

 

Also I'm no stranger to woodland, brought up on a farm (its that that im missing) this last year I've been selling logs, kindling and briquettes and doing quite well, but its not a business I could make a living from.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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Tyz05   

As gensetsteve said,how long you got left? From my own personal experience I'd advise you to stick at it and see it through,I made the same mistake when I left school,went to collage and didn't like it so walked away and got a job but I regreted doing it and so will you I think in the future. If your in second year you should be through the worst of it and your resulting qualifications will make you more employable even in arb I would imagin. Sorry it's not the answer you were looking for but wouldn't want you to regret it in years to come knuckle down and see it through,I got a second chance you may not. As for arb related courses I ain't got a clue sorry

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Rich2484   

True I would stick it out. I was employed easly into a job as I had mechanical qualifications and It was seen that I could look after the machinery and save company some money on garages or fitters.

 

I work mainly for myself now but I work for an arb company as and when needed or when I can work.

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best thing i can suggest is exercises and diet.

 

Amazing what a bit of strenght training can do for your confidence, outlook and energy.

 

Hardcore tree climbing also helps.

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Finish your mechanical engineering if you can bring yourself to - I really wish I had an engineering degree and have regretted not doing it ever since I was your age. As you get older and your responsibilities/commitments grow you can start to lose the opportunity to study - make the most of it now! You have the rest of your life to go out and work in any industry you choose - if you can finish your course and get a qualification it will show future employers that you have the mettle to see things through, even if you don't follow an engineering path. Focus on the positives - you must have chosen your course for a reason. And as Rupe (almost) says, go out and hunt down some poon-tang if you're feeling a bit low, it usually helps (but often brings a whole new set of problems to the table if you aren't careful...)!

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Hah I'm actually okay for "poon-tang" at the moment, I'm living with some!

 

I sought similar advice in my first year and I stuck with it. I'm now at my whit's end.

At the moment I feel that I'm better off starting again with something I enjoy before I'm too old.

I appreciate the support though guys...

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NI Tree   

have you coniderd taking a year out

 

ps i know you feeling as i am i my second year doing mechanical engineering in aberdeen

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Hah I'm actually okay for "poon-tang" at the moment, I'm living with some!

 

I sought similar advice in my first year and I stuck with it. I'm now at my whit's end.

At the moment I feel that I'm better off starting again with something I enjoy before I'm too old.

I appreciate the support though guys...

 

SOME?!?! As in more than 1?! And you're still feeling down??? I'm not sure tree work is going to fix your melancholy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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