Criteria for the choice of degree: Do everything you need for career advancement?

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Anyone starting a study today does this in anticipation of increasing their chances on the labor market, unless it is clear from the outset that student is setting up an academic career.

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What is appropriate?

This year, too, thousands of students are starting a (technical) university, university or dual university degree - highly motivated and with all sorts of future visions and wishes. Before starting their apprenticeship, they will consider what they want to do when the apprenticeship is over and where the chances are best to develop a standard of living that enables an “appropriate” life.

But what does “appropriate” mean and what does motivation and desires mean here? And in particular: what do both mean if not a month goes by this year in which the psychological danger potential of modern working life is pointed out? Is it always only the working circumstances that have to be considered the cause here, or does not this psychological problem situation of working life have a side that lies in oneself, like everything else?

Does studying offer better opportunities?

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The general reporting situation contributes to this perception of the study. Likewise, since the argument often made in schools is an academic education, it offers opportunities for many career opportunities. In fact, academics are less likely to be unemployed. The salaries of academics are still above average.

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Some subjects seem more valuable

Socially, a degree, no matter where it is taken, is rated neutral to positive. Neutral to positive, because there are subjects that are viewed as less "added value" in the general perspective - the famous orchid subjects - than MINT and Co. (business and law).

In my experience, students of these STEM subjects etc. were literally hyped. They were promised the blue from the sky and what opportunities are not available. Earlier graduate cohorts, and younger ones all the more according to their current behavior, were declared “elite” per se. However, it was also clear that in return you wanted “performance” without any ifs and buts.

“You should have it better once”

Coming from home, and probably still is, one thing is certain: you should have it better than we do (“… therefore don't disappoint us and become rich and famous”). With the fellow students gave the competition for the better grade, the better job and the associated hippier life. A job has to be “cool” and contribute to the prestige of yourself.

Many people started their working life with this attitude: measuring themselves against their fellow students in the comparison of the better chances evaluation, the better income situation ... in short it was about the famous advertising: my house, my horse, my yacht.

The job becomes a living thing

Prove yourself what you can do, meet even the most absurd demands on the labor market (middle 20, three years abroad experience, and best still doctor still top drauf) was started in the job.

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In fact, overtime that is not registered is also taken over “voluntarily” - you do it for your own career - tasks are rewarded with better - that is to say great - job titles or even more content that, realistically, sometimes would have been better done by experienced colleagues should be before the child falls into the well.

5 hours of sleep is enough

All of this without substantially changing anything. In this process of starting a career, working time becomes everything that lies between getting up and sleeping - the job wants it that way. The job as part of life, which is also perceived that way. The company cell phone, the company emergencyebook, and business trips become status symbols of one's own success.

Since perfect work results, which also justify the next promotion, mean work, you have to work on the presentation well into the night. Five hours of sleep is enough. If you need more, or would like to have your own life alongside the nice colleagues from the "company", you are just a "looser" and not made for modern working life.

Success justifies the victim

But even those who may not always want to cry with the job alphates - or can - are quickly put on the mental siding of superiors - “underperformers”.

In order to justify this success, of course, sacrifices must be made, which are just the more distant friends, then the fellow students with whom they got on well with each other, and finally the closest relatives - friend / family and family.

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