Job Search and Lifelong Learning: 10 Application Tips with Growth Mindset


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Growth Mindset means a flexible attitude that leaves you open to new things. In contrast, there is the fixed mindset that allows people to remain in traditional thinking patterns. Our education system promotes the latter above all. How does alla Growth Mindset find a job anyway?

Bicycle courier in New York

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Fixed Mindset: We will definitely find a job!

Some time ago, at a German university, I tried to bring students the benefits of job hunting and networking via social media. Only this time were not budding journalists the listener, but economists. Also a group of graduates, who may soon be able to hire as a bicycle courier?

My students' enthusiasm for social media left a lot to be desired, to say the least. To Facebook you could just durchringen.Twitter found most very interesting - let's see, so the unanimous opinion. But for blogging, so the objection, just missing the time. Anyway, that's more of a journalist anyway.

Arrogance from uncertainty?

What really bothered me about the socks was the unanimous opinion that we were studying economics. Because we definitely find a job and do not need such a junk! It may be that as a spiritual scientist who is aware of his whole course of studies, that it is hard afterwards, one can only dream of such self-assurance.

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Or should one rather speak of unrealistic arrogance? Not infrequently uncertainty and arrogance are closely related. And in fact, it shows that the students are well aware that their situation may not be that great either:

Scientists driving the taxi, BWLer become bicyclecuriers?

I once asked how they came to their previous jobs. One participant reported it first with a normal one Casting trying to have - and failed. Only in the second attempt she had come over vitamin B to their internship. Quite normal in this company, she said resignedly.

Humanities scholars always say that they can only become taxi drivers. Maybe they'll tell you soon, they'll become bicycle couriers? Well, it does not have to be that bad - in both cases.

Fixed Mindset: Victim of the Pig Cycle?

But the student's experience already coincides with what Svenja Hofert once wrote in her blog: namely that business administration students will be the next victims of the pig cycle. A subject that was studied by many who didn't want to be as stupid and precarious as humanities scholars - and who may end up doing even worse.

“Quite a few still have no permanent job a year after graduation. Many, especially women, also work as “secretary plus”, ie assistant. Then again, there is a lot of temporary work and clerical work. ”

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Classic business studies fall away

Hofert also mentions the reasons: There are hardly any older business economists who will be dismissed in the next few years. Employee and student numbers continue to rise - with steady to falling demand.

After all, classical business areas such as marketing and human resource management are changing radically, are becoming more and more technical, thanks to social media and the Internet: companies are therefore looking for people who have the technology and the economy as an additional qualification rather than for business management.

Students are inflexible

Hofert complains that the students are inflexible and

"For example, strive for the popular product manager positions in corporations where there is less and less - instead of building up an interesting professional profile."

However, you have to admit that it is not easy in Germany in particular to reorient yourself professionally. Too often you come across the fixed mindset, which means too often job changers encounter a lot of prejudices of straightforward careerists.

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Lack of flexibility with the fixed mindset

Incidentally, I also noticed this lack of flexibility among my students: they preferred to put their hands in their laps rather than become active themselves. After all, nobody believed that potential employers could become aware of job seekers through their own online presence. Motto: "Bring nothing, so I better leave it!"

Very innovative, the students of today.

10 tips for finding a job with Growth Mindset

This is why it seems easier for many people to ride a dead horse in the Fiexd Mindset than to engage in lifelong learning, rethinking and thus growth mindset. 10 tips on how to get it done!

  • Only courage! A new start is not easy, especially in Germany. Above all, you need courage to change.
  • Forget job offers: Classic job advertisements often only look for specialists with the appropriate training. Lateral entrants quickly fall through the cracks.
  • Personal networks: Recommendations from friends, acquaintances and colleagues are much more sensible, especially for those changing over - they replace references.
  • First the research, then the application! First of all you need all the information about the desired company and the contact person that you can get. Research exactly where you fit your qualification profile.
  • Unsolicited application: If you apply on the initiative, your application is often alone on the table. That increases the chances.
  • Address department: Even if it means more effort to research the contact person: Do not write to the HR department, but to the specialist department. Personnel personnel usually sort out career changers immediately.
  • Selling yourself positively: Just don't give the impression they have to change! Make it clear that the switch is your wish - it looks more confident.
  • Good reasons: Why did you want to change? You have probably thought it through carefully - and that is exactly what you should get across. Just don't give the impression that you ended up with this company by accident.
  • Self-confidence: Your experiences so far are by no means unimportant, because they belong to them. Sell ​​them positively and don't ride around on technical or personal deficits.
  • How do you use your boss? Career changers have to be twice as confident: Underline the qualifications that you have as a career changer: high motivation, flexibility and creativity.

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  1. Yorke Wiechert

    Knowledge! RT @SimoneJanson: The fairy tale of the todsichere business studies: Good job? Träum weiter! #Initiative # Secure Jobs

  2. Alma Mater

    RT @SimoneJanson: The fairy tale of the todsicheren business studies: Good job? Dream On! #fb

  3. Elisabeth Penselin

    #Geical scientists go by taxi, #BWLers become bikecuriers? Coaching can help in the absence of a professional profile.

  4. Simone Janson

    Hello Mr. Schröder,
    from which I may conclude that you are a scientist?
    In my opinion, economics are among the social sciences. Whilst they are also thrown with the Gewis in a pot. And you are right: Frau Hofert also mentioned the dual training in the source text as an argument. Thanks for the supplement.

  5. View Profile

    A further aspect is the so-called Berufsakademien with their two-part training, namely, on the one hand an academic on the other hand already in a company to work. By the way, I have assumed so far, that are also BWLer spirit scientists, natural scientists in any case not!

  6. Simone Janson

    The fairy tale of the sure-footed business studies

  7. Svenja Hofert

    RT @jobcollege @simonejanson: The fairy tale of the sure-footed business studies: thank you for taking up: Träum

  8. Competencepartner

    The fairy tale of a surefire business degree: good job? Dream on !: Before some Zeit tried ic ...

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