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For some professions the question of whether to study or to enter into vocational training does not arise. If you want to become a doctor, you have to study medicine; if you want to work as an engineer, you choose an engineering degree programme. In the same way if you wish to become a baker the only possibility is a dual study programme.
However, there are also professions or fields of activity that do not prescribe a fixed path. If you would like to work in a bank, for example, you can study business administration (also as a dual study programme), or do a dual vocational training course as a bank clerk. The following point also applies to interpreters and translators: Studying, vocational training courses and academic training lead to a career.
If there is more than one way to get there, it is up to you to decide. The following table gives you an overview of how the four paths of study, dual study, dual vocational training and schooling differ: