Job search as a spiritual scientist: From the ivory tower to the economy


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After the Abitur, the whole world was open to me and I opted for a study of German studies. I had been warned.

Humanities scientist

Child, study “something decent”

Everyone in my family had “something decent” - an apprenticeship. And I wanted to study something that in the years that followed brought me this question at every shared apartment party with new people: “Germa .. what? So German? What can you do with it later? ”

In the first semester I listed my google knowledge: "I can do a lot with it, for example ..." And then in the second: "Journalism and such. Or media stop. ” In the third it was just a tired shrug that was left. Without perspective, unsuspecting, useless - that's how I felt. At university, you weren't prepared for everyday job life. "Too many options, not all of them can be covered, do an internship," it said.

Get out of the ivory tower, into the economy

Get out of the ivory tower and into the economy. For any other course of study a matter of course, as a humanities scholar probably THE hurdle of study par excellence: With Goethe and Schiller, medieval language skills and the Nibelungenlied at the end of a job to somehow make money without Professor to want to be.

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For me, the personal low point was reached after my basic studies: surrender halfway. And to be Generation Y: Those who, in the eyes of the older generations, can't do anything right or want to do it properly and who actually don't want to work. Conceivably good conditions for total lack of perspective.

First internships

It was through a friend that I got my first internship at an online newspaper during this phase. The professional field of journalism was not unknown to me and I even had it in my Diddl friend's book that I would later like to be an “author” (although only if I shouldn't become a witch), but the curse hit me relatively early the “low self-confidence of the humanities scholars”, which is why I had not dared to put all of my theoretical knowledge into practice and take myself somewhere apply.

You have to know that an engineer or a business student knows relatively early, if not before studying, what he can "start with later". Professionally oriented studies, aligned to the job market and funded by the state (MINT) on demand.

If clear perspectives are missing

As a spiritual scientist, you are more likely to study with passion or interest and there are hardly any preparatory seminars or infoverations ... The search for jobs on the net is difficult because there are simply no jobs advertised for old philologists, Romanists or cultural scientists. In any case, the internship in this young online editorial was incredibly instructive and exciting for me. The stone was brought into play and motivated me these weeks for the remaining studying time, which is why I also collected on television and in another online portal experiences.

Now I know exactly where I want to go. I would like to do a traineeship, whether online, on TV, on the radio or traditionally in a print magazine. I am also fascinated by the PR area and if someone gave me the chance, I would also show in marketing that as a non-business humanities scientist you have to offer exciting and different ways of thinking. I try to network well, ask around where there could be jobs, run my own marketing website and write classic and speculative applications.

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You do not have to be a taxi driver

I am open and at the same time steady in my career aspiration, because it has meanwhile become clear to me that not everyone who has graduated in orchids, Professor or taxi driver needs to be. There are countless branches and branches, all depending on their own profile. This can be a curse and a blessing at the same time.

For example, if you have few interests or, above all, do not know how to "monetize" them, it becomes difficult and you are faced with a process full of detours and self-doubt. But if you know what you can do and what you want, then a humanities degree is highly recommended. Because where else can I educate myself in general and acquire and develop a personal “professional profile”, which enables me to develop my real talents and not only to work in a certain industry, because unfortunately the wrong degree was chosen.

Looking to the future

If I should read this text here again in a year and stand at the cash register at the restaurant “Zum golden M” as in school, I know that I should revise all the statements made and would rather have to get married quickly.

But if I should read this text here again in a year and have a place in society where I share my ideas and commitment DIE WELT for me or for all others, or at least for the purse of my superiors, a bit more to a more colorful, meaningful or even better place, then I hope that other semesters of German Studies will read this text and become active, want to do internships their interests and talents. Stay bold and think of me at your first salary.

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