What is appropriate?
Again, this winter semester thousands of students start a (Fach) university, university or dual university studies - highly motivated and with all sorts of visions of the future and wishes. Before starting their education, they will think about what they want to do when the training is over and where the odds are best to develop a standard of living that will allow for a "decent" life.
But what does "appropriate" mean and what does motivation and wishes mean here? And in particular: What does both mean if this year does not pass a month by pointing out the psychological potentials of modern working life? Is it always only the working conditions that have to be considered as causers here, or does not this psychologically problematic situation of working life have a side, which is grounded in oneself, like every other thing?
This is exactly what this small series is all about: what criteria should you choose for your studies?
Some subjects seem more valuable
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.
Socially, a degree course, regardless of where it is completed, is rated neutral to positive. Neutral to positive, because there are even subjects that are considered in the general perspective as less "value-added" - the famous orchid subjects - as MINT and Co. (economics and law).
Students of these MINT subjects and Co., were in the course of my studies - so my experience - downright gehyped. They were promised the blue of the sky and what not all odds offered. Earlier graduate cohorts, and judging by the current behavior younger the more, were declared the "elite" per se. However, that too was clear, one wanted in return "performance" without ifs and buts.
"You should have it better once"
Coming home, and still likely to, come to this: You should have it better than us ("... so do not let us down and become rich and famous"). With the fellow students gave the competition for the better grade, the better job and the associated hippere life. A job has to be "cool" and contribute to the prestige of your own person.
With this attitude, many have started working life: Measuring with fellow students in comparison of better chances evaluation, the better income situation ... in short, it was about the famous advertising: My house, my horse, my yacht.
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.
The job becomes a living thing
In fact, the undeclared overtime is "voluntarily" taken over - one does it for one's own career - tasks are rewarded with better ones - that means hotter ones - job titles or even more contents that realistically sometimes would have taken over better from experienced colleagues should be before the child falls into the well.
All this without a substantial change. In this process of working time, working time will be everything between getting up and sleeping - the job wants it so. The job as a life content, which is also perceived so. The service handy (by the way, a RIM), the company notebook (an Apple), and the business travels (Hilton and not simply the idle B + B) become statute symbols of their own success.
5 hours of sleep are enough
Since perfect work results, which justify the next promotion, also mean work, the presentation has to be worked out well into the night. Five hours sleep. If you need more, or even want to have your own life next to the nice colleagues from the "company" is just a "Looser" and not made for modern working life.
But even those who may not always want to cry along with the job-alpha-or-can-there are quickly put on the mental siding of superiors - "Minderleister". Of course, in order to justify this success, sacrifices must be made, which are just the more distant friends, then the classmates with whom it was well understood that they became friends, and finally the closest relatives - friend / girlfriend and family.
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