If you want to find your way in the Swiss educational landscape, you can make your personal route planning easier by memorizing the rules of the three-tier educational system - represented by the Piz Terz.
The basis is always the elementary school with kindergarten, primary school and high school. Those who fill their school bag well with the necessary language skills in this training phase, which is obligatory for all children and young people, have many possibilities for their further career. Any adult who has the opportunity to look into a primary school at some point will notice that this important level of education teaches the essential basics for all subsequent educational steps.
The next level of education is the upper secondary level, which consists either of a basic vocational education or of a secondary school. At the Education Fair «Fiutscher» the offers of this level can be tested for correspondence with the personal preferences and abilities. The basic principle is that the completion of a vocational basic education or a secondary school is mandatory in order to be able to assert oneself on the labour market later. Whoever thinks of the term «labour market» merely as a reference to wages without Sunday work lacks an eye for the whole picture. Rather, the search for one's own professional identity is an important factor in setting the course for one's curriculum vitae and perspectives.
Completion at upper secondary level is also the prerequisite for entry into tertiary level with higher education institutions and higher vocational education. The three educational levels are so interconnected and permeable that there are many opportunities to fulfil one's career aspirations at the Piz Terz.