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Career Rewrite 2018: Fairy Tales Lifelong Learning?


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A Forsa study commissioned by the learning platform Udemy shows: Currently, about 60% of working people are dissatisfied with their career choice. Do we need to rethink vocational training? A contribution to the discussion!

Career Rewrite 2018: Fairy Tales Lifelong Learning?


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Do we need to rethink career choices?

The question has Joachim Diercks on his Recrutainment Blog raised. And since the technical commentary did not quite work out, I immediately made a blog post.

Now the Forsa study sounds frightening. Forsa found according to SPON out that about one third of the workforce today would have done something different in terms of content and content if they had the choice again. 60% of working people dissatisfied with their career choice. Over 25% would in retrospect decide for another form of education, ie study instead of training or vice versa.

Short review of the study

However, Forsa has ever asked only 1.000 full-time employees, ie, for example, no self-employed who tend to realize themselves already anyway.

And of course Udemy as a learning platform and client has a certain interest in shaking the foundations of vocational training. Because in the digital education scene, it is currently in question, the traditional educational institutions and thus disrupt the education market. That does not have to mean anything, but you should keep it in mind.

Job dissatisfaction: Do not spill the baby with the bath

First of all, in my opinion, when it comes to job satisfaction, the child is often spilled with the bath. In fact, according to the Forsa study, 69 percent of employees feel well prepared for their job by studying and training. Three quarters feel in principle sufficiently qualified for their professional activity. The reasons are often elsewhere: Many people are so dissatisfied with their job that they would like to throw everything down, where it would often help to change a few trifles.

Other colleagues, other bosses, other customers, more flexible working hours, less stress, going for regular walks or questioning your own fears - I realize that not everything is immediately feasible, but it's easier than changing your job. And it is not so much a matter of choosing a job as working conditions - homemade and given by the employer.

Dream Job: No guarantee for happiness

Conversely, even the supposed dream job, eg travel blogger on Bali, does not necessarily bring the hoped-for bliss - if, for example, the money is missing or you then have to work off the orders.

For example, I was told about 25 years ago that one should do what really interests you. That's why I studied a humanities subject, where from today's perspective I would have found the law to be more useful to me. But the advice away from the usual professions (teachers, medicine, banking education) was rather bad, the digital transformation is not yet on the horizon and then you do what you think you can. And how is one to know what is at all and what one is suitable for, if one has not tried it? Therefore, I think the thing with the "really interested" rather double-edged. And sometimes the appetite comes with the meal. Although I somehow do something similar at the time I thought it would be, but the design is quite different.

Career choice has barely changed in 25 years

What is shocking is that not so much has changed in this kind of career choice, what I get so: you do what you know through parents, teachers, friends, media. The wide range of training courses and counseling services overwhelms many more than they perceive - if they even know it.

For some dreams you have to see if they are their own or grafted on. And some degree programs also employ skilful marketing - for example, those that include not only languages, culture but also law and business studies, that appeal to many, because they suggest that they can do everything but are not in demand among employers.

Get serious about lifelong learning

Therefore, I find the discussion that came about to the contribution of Joachim Diercks exciting. Henrik Zaborowski, for example, says:

The whole chatter of "lifelong learning", which was never really meant seriously, must now slowly come true. Simply because in the future there will be occupations / activities that hardly anyone can do today. If I'm able to learn on the job, I could change my focus all 5 years, if I want that and have the stuff. And so find out what I really can and want.

Is everything still the same?

Joachim Diercks, on the other hand, does not believe that the career choice and education system will fundamentally change:

We have a systemic education system, at least in the dual vocational training, which has proven to be a successful model (at least for the economy, for the individual there is room for improvement ...) and, secondly, has burned deep into the collective cultural consciousness.

Digital transformation needs new jobs faster

And both are somehow right: I also think that this attitude "training for a lifetime" is a bit outdated and can only make you unhappy, because your own wishes and needs are constantly changing.

Because the world / technology is changing faster and faster, so maybe traditional traditional professions like bankers or even doctors will die out soon - if you can Gunther Dueck follows - even if you can not even imagine that. And the technology is developing faster than the training occupations, see skill shortage in IT. Even Professors in relevant programs are now asking desperatelywhat they should teach their students. Therefore, some flexibility and permeability would be useful in occupations.

Conclusion: a problem of competence measurement

But of course everything has worked so well in Germany so it will not change that fast. In addition, the question of competence assessment arises - what do you want as HR Recognize what someone can do when people change jobs all the time? At a Expert discussion with Mrs. Engelen-Kefer and ladies & gentlemen of BIBB & Bitkom By the way, we discussed this a few years ago and, in fact, there are also research approaches to doing so, so-called large scale assessments.

Overall, a very exciting topic, I'm looking forward to further discussions.

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