What are the options to consider after high school?

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Human resources management is a generic term used to describe the management and development of an organization’s employees. Also known as personnel management, it involves overseeing everything related to the management of an organization’s human capital. The position is usually held by fairly experienced individuals, especially those with a master’s degree in human resources.

Short courses

First of all, if you wish to embark on short studies, there are two or three year courses. The BTS and the DUT are the most popular.

The BTS (Brevet de Technicien Supérieur)

This training lasts two years and offers theoretical and practical courses through periods of internship in companies. At the end of the course you will take a final exam and you will have 120 ECTS credits allowing you to continue your studies if you wish to deepen your theoretical and practical knowledge. You can also decide to enter the job market. Numerous specialties are offered via the BTS and concern many sectors such as commerce, marketing, accounting, finance or even digital and management.

The DUT (University Diploma of Technology)

The DUT is also a two-year course, the difference is that it takes place in a university setting. This training is validated through a system of continuous assessment which is spread over the year. Like the BTS, the DUT covers many sectors in which it is possible to specialize.

There are also other short courses, such as the vocational diploma, the diploma of arts and crafts or the diploma of accounting and management.

Longer courses

The preparatory class

Joining a preparatory class or “prépa” is a good alternative. This training lasts one or two years and is classified by sector: literary, scientific, artistic, social, etc. The objective is to prepare students for the entrance exams to the grandes écoles of commerce, by providing the necessary knowledge base. It is therefore a first step towards joining internationally renowned and highly selective institutions. The workload is very important and you must have a good capacity to resist stress.

Business schools

It is important to know that the majority of business schools are private. In this system, we speak of bachelor instead of license, of master instead of master. In general, a great deal of time is spent on practical training through numerous internships in companies. In addition, business schools integrate an international dimension into their curriculum by offering to carry out part of their training or internship abroad through partnerships with foreign universities or companies. Business schools therefore combine practice with theory, for better professional integration.


Many people go to universities. These courses are particularly oriented towards theory, before the practical dimension, however the choices of orientation are multiple and concern all sectors. The courses offered range from a Bachelor’s degree (bac+3) to a Master’s degree (bac+5) to a PhD (bac+8). An academic year is generally divided into two semesters, each with an examination period. Continuous and personal work is therefore necessary throughout the year in order to be prepared on D-Day, as the emphasis is placed on the autonomy of each student. Many students who have completed their baccalaureate underestimate the effort required at university and can quickly become discouraged. If you are considering this path, be organized and autonomous to put all the chances on your side!

Here are the main institutions to consider if you don’t really know what to do after high school. If this is your case, we advise you to get in touch with the guidance counselors who are there to listen to you, identify your needs, and guide you in your steps and your orientation choices.


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