What is appropriate?
This winter semester, too, thousands of students are starting a (technical) university, university or dual college 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 does both mean if this year does not pass a month by pointing out the psychological potential dangers of modern working life? Is it always just the working conditions that have to be regarded as the cause, or isn't there, like every thing, this psychological problem of working life with a side that is based on yourself?
This is exactly what this small series is all about: what criteria should you choose for your studies?
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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, 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.
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, 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.
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 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 if you 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.
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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