BIO | Successful despite long-term studies: “It's all about experience!”

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A friend had asked me to apply my experiences in the social media area times to the Facebook appearance of a friend. In fact, I was able to motivate myself and wrote some ideas for her. Nothing came for days. I thought the mail had landed in the spam folder.

BIO | Successful despite long-term studies: "It's all about experience!"

Vocational choice after social studies

But when you read these lines, you know that she has still answered and what was her thanks. Once again a proof of what networks are good if you are always ready to give without thinking of your own benefit. Let's see what you can implement from the suggestions.

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A little story at the beginning is nice, but actually I wanted to dedicate myself to choosing a career after studying social science, or even more abstractly: experiences. Because, in my perception, that's exactly what a lot is currently about! The university is about writing down knowledge or being able to articulate it, on the part-time job market it is about the opportunity to acquire and use it and in the social web it is generally a pleasure to pass it on - otherwise it would be Article probably never emerged.

Who can combine well, has learned that I am not yet directly and the entry-level job. Or is it? Difficult question. A few days ago, I finished the final exam. After 16 semesters, the Magister circle closes with interesting but partly uneconomic findings on political relationships, participation in the political system, perception of risk, further development of the rational choice model and analysis of society through changes in working practices and (online) networking.

Oh God, a long-term student!

16 semester? Social Sciences? Are you a long-term student? It seems so damn it goes faster than you think! What do you do with your studies? Hoping or entering? Those who hoped were not all lucky. Those who are present, be it party or federation, club or university, have it better but both was nothing for me. Too naive on the one, too fixed, bureaucratic or theorielastig on the other.

Even though the status as a student provided enough security in the beginning, I began to look for part-time jobs after the lengthy basic studies, which at least provided insights into the normal professional world and answered questions about them. Some still believe that you do not become unemployed as an academic.

The note is not the most important

My worst oral exam (3,0) commented on that Professor recently with the words: “Overall, you are still on the two. Stay focused. A satisfactory degree will make it difficult on the job market. Remember that when writing your thesis. ”

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A year ago, I probably would have absorbed his words like a sponge and written a great thesis that met the needs of a scientifically minded person Professor satisfied or better “good” satisfied. Meanwhile, the grade is no longer the most important thing for me. I have my experience. A nice feeling when you have the impression that you have a better situation assessment than that Professor.

Have fun as a career goal

The probability of unemployment is less than five percent. One can systematically grasp experiences and quickly get involved in new topics, which seems important. But you also want to do something which is fun, this statistics says nothing. These very essential qualities will become even more important in times of lifelong learning. A necessary tribute in times of a generation (always) -on (line) and innovation cycles, which are faster than the site setup with an 14.400 modem!

Anyone who still knows this should smile now. Or brooding. Because such times are actually predestined for a course of study that promotes these “basics” such as structured thinking, quick familiarization and deep insights in the basic area as immediately applicable skills, which after three years in the job again with the first Advanced training are outdated. Generalists to the front! Actually.

Supposedly rapidly deployable workers vs. innovation

Unfortunately, some companies prefer workers that can be deployed immediately and that work. The fact that this is at the expense of process optimization, better adaptability to new processes and innovative strength seems to be too little scalable from an economic point of view to be able to implement it.

Experiences with software, experience in the operational area or experience in project management are required and increase the job prospects exorbitantly. The only thing that is silly is the fact that the knowledge that is conveyed in the social sciences consists rather of social structures and human behavior rather than English terms which attempt to express supposed market principles or routine procedures for machine constructions.

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Classic student jobs at prestigious companies

That's why I took a look at classic semester jobs at Daimler and Behr, a trip to the door in nightlife and a € 400 office job in a notary's office for the first time at a freelance agency. Small medium-sized company in a growth market at that time. Then I was a “junior researcher”.

If someone reads this blog via 50: I helped experienced people searchers in the search for good IT specialists for free project sites in companies. I asked CVs, looked for suitable candidates on Xing and Gulp and had the impression for the first time of a side job that gave an insight into a possible career.

Flexible employment on the advance

Flexible forms of employment are on the rise. Companies want to keep their workforce more flexible in more volatile markets, a market-logical behavior. The impact on society is ambivalent. But in the mediation of freelancers who sometimes pay hourly rates where even uni-ProfessorThe risk of self-employment or constant insecurity was well paid. A fair deal.

My limit was clear: construction workers for 6,80 € to send the hour to the construction site and to cancel in case of no tomorrow tomorrow, I will never make. Freelancers who can live in princely ways: no problem. Only one can choose the job in personnel management? I always had a look at the student job offers. After a year as a researcher, I discovered a position at a graduate placement in the applicant market.


Something more creative, why not? Although not better paid, I challenged the challenge and I switched. The job was more demanding. The good thing is that you learn a lot and the ego promotes the ego.

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Not that I had problems with it, but an improved basis for discussion with economically-oriented students, since you also do something “right” alongside and a growing arrogance towards copying “Hiwis” whom you could accuse of never having worked properly partly the hourly wage of less than ten euros. Because with every monthly statement, you noticed how cheaply you were doing work as a student. Anyone who has ever seen the additional costs of a normal employee can confirm the difference.

Knackpunkt Dresscode

Obendrein came with the dresscode. No, I have nothing against suits. I do not have to wear one every day to make me feel good but I do not find it generally general. Only with this payment and only rare customer contact every time like a permanent banker rumflaufen, me slowly. Especially since I sometimes had to go to university after working and everyone can imagine the looks when you see a student with cloth pants and shirt. I hated her myself!

But for well-known companies to go to job searches and to develop and implement a social-media concept was interesting. Of course, database maintenance, customer service and administrative activities were part of the work package, but all in all, I made my experiences.

Then came the crisis. The social-media project had just been successfully completed, as the first workers in the probationary period caught up and when the boss gave me reinbat, it was already clear what came: super work but easier to cancel than others. Hands tied. I took it sportily. I was still a student and it was just a side job.

Experience, experience, experience!

Nevertheless, further experience gathered: Marketing is more creative than pure research. The combination was fun! Why not ride two-track? On the one hand, I was looking for personnel in the marketing area. In theory, both studies are based on the following: knowledge about social groups and their laws, structure and identity formation as well as the research on the environment and decision-making models as a further development of the classical cost-benefit model of the economy help enormously in marketing.

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  1. Nikolas Hoenig

    My experience report about studying, secondary jobs and what it takes!

  2. Johannes Lenz

    LESSON: Despite the long-term study successfully: "On the experience it comes!" - Very interesting!2kXU2 by @SimoneJanson

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