Rethinking Career Choice: 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!

Rethinking Career Choice: 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.

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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, regularly going for a walk or questioning your own fears - I realize that not everything is immediately feasible, but it's easier than changing your job. And it's 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 you should do what really interests you. That is why I studied a humanities subject where, from today's perspective, I would have found law more meaningful to me. But the advice away from the usual professions (teacher, medicine, bank training) was rather bad, the digital change is not yet on the horizon and then you do what you think you can do. And how should you know what suits you and what you are suitable for if you haven't tried it? Therefore I find the matter of "really interested" rather double-edged. And sometimes the appetite comes with eating. Today I am doing something similar to what I had in mind back then, but the design is very different.

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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 who, in addition to languages ​​and culture, also include law and business studies, 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 emerged to the contribution of Joachim Diercks exciting. Henrik Zaborowski, for example, says:

The whole babble of “lifelong learning”, which was never really serious, has to come true now. Simply because in the future there will be occupations / activities that hardly anyone can do today. If I could study on the job, I could change my focus every 5 years if I wanted to and I had what it takes. 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:

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We have a systemic education system, at least in the dual vocational training, which has proven to be a model of success (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 of “training for a lifetime” is a little out of date 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 Skills shortage in IT. Even Professoren in relevant courses of study meanwhile ask 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, there is the question of the determination of competence - how do you want to recognize as a personals, what can someone, if people constantly change the profession? At a Expert discussion with Mrs. Engelen-Kefer and ladies and gentlemen of BIBB and 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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