Rethinking study and career choices - 9 tips: Setting the right course

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Those who have the choice are spoiled for choice - this statement applies in particular to the choice of occupation and study. Because the offer is sometimes so confusing that it is difficult to set the right course for your own future. 9 tips on how to do it anyway.

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Looking at the career choice?

Many school leavers are overwhelmed with the choice of training and study courses. Hundreds of public and private universities, thousands of vocational training and study programs - who comes fresh from school, can hardly overlook what training opens up which career opportunities or where there are advantages and disadvantages.

This is a real problem in a country where tradition still holds that initial education decides on the entire later career path - a development that hardly anyone can overlook when leaving school. It should actually plead for a more relaxed handling of the topic, a training path, where you can later adjust the course again and again.

Why can not you always adjust the points again?

Unfortunately, this is far too rarely the case, as all the talk about lifelong learning does not help. The course is often already set at work, only gradually think employers and Company here around, often enough due to demographic change rather than inner conviction.

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This is exactly why the topic of career and study choice is followed with such meticulousness by many parents - according to the motto: Keep your eyes open when choosing a career. But which training, which course of study, offers secure long-term prospects on the job market? And which path is guaranteed to push you out of the way? A Forsa study commissioned by the Udemy learning platform shows that around 60% of those in work are currently dissatisfied with their career choice. Do we have to rethink vocational training?

Do we need to rethink career choices?

Now the Forsa study sounds terrifying at first. Around a third of the workforce today would, if they had the choice again, do something different in terms of subject matter. And not only are 60% of the working population dissatisfied with their career choice, over 25% would, in retrospect, opt for another form of training, i.e. study instead of training or vice versa. However, Forsa only asked 1.000 full-time employees, for example no self-employed who tend to be more self-sufficient anyway.

And of course Udemy as a learning platform and client has a certain interest in shaking the foundations of vocational training. Because in the digital education scene, it is currently in question, the traditional educational institutions and thus disrupt the education market. That does not have to mean anything, but you should keep it in mind.

Career choice has barely changed in 25 years

What is shocking is that not so much has changed in this kind of career choice, what I get so: you do what you know through parents, teachers, friends, media. The wide range of training courses and counseling services overwhelms many more than they perceive - if they even know it.

With some dreams you would have to see whether they are your own or whether they are grafted on by parents or the environment. Whether they can be realized at all, as a sustainable future model. And some degree programs also practice clever marketing - for example those that include languages, culture, law and business administration, appeal to many, because it suggests being able to do everything with them, but is not in demand with employers.

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9 Tips for the right professional choice

If you do not want to be maddened by the topic of career and study, you should take the following 9 tips:

  1. Explore your own interests: Professional advisors advise pupils first of all to explore their own interests and desires, rather than wander around the Internet in the search for information and to get confused by the many possibilities. In the first place, the question arises about the topics that make one particularly busy and fun.
  2. See career choice as a process: A tip to this is to regularly keep a diary into which you regularly register your own observations. Experts are also warning about hasty decisions: career selection is a process that takes time and can not be decided from today to tomorrow. If you are looking for a crisis-proof job, you can regularly read the vacancies to the relevant professions in supranational newspapers and thus find out which courses employers pay particular attention to.
  3. Research in a targeted manner: Then you can use dan targeted information on the Internet. A first point of contact is the BERUFENET of the Federal Agency for Labor. This is where you will find descriptions of the activities and tasks of 3000 professions, as well as information on future perspectives and earning opportunities.
  4. Find the right way to your dream job: But it is not only: the OCCUPATIONAL also shows what training you have to do in order to reach your desired career, calls for alternatives and offers references to further information sources such as universities, professional associations or job advertisements. If you would like to find out which courses are available at which universities, you can get an overview in the database of
  5. Reality Check: However, one should also compare whether the desired study actually corresponds to one's own ideas. One way is to look for professional examples, parents, relatives, friends or people who are addressed in business networks like Xing, and to ask them about their career. An internship and their own experiences can also help to find out more about the desired career.
  6. Clarify requirements: But it is also important to find out about the requirements of a degree program and how to cope with it - for example in the examination regulations of the university pages. Because many new students have false expectations of their subject and then drop out of college faster.
  7. Use taster courses: Some universities also offer pupils the opportunity to take part in the regular university courses as an introductory student, taking up contact with future fellow students and exploring the premises. Nearly all universities also hold university information events, lectures or entire summer universities, which show pupils what happens at the university.
  8. What to look for in the consultation: More and more universities provide study applicants with virtual study advice, web-based aptitude tests or self-assessments, which can help solve the wrong ideas of a study subject. However, the results of an online test should always be discussed with a consultant. Everyone should turn to the one who does not keep up with the self-examination.
  9. Private advice and coaching offers use: There is free advice at the employment agency or the universities, but also numerous private study advisors offer their services up to a multi-month coaching process. The quality of the counseling can be very different: interested persons should discuss the contents of the consultation with the consultant at the earliest.

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  4. Jessika

    Hello, I hope this is still a matter of topical and I can help someone.
    Studied English / History (not lehramt) / Bachelor of Arts, now in the Master because you do not know where to go. My question:
    What are the job options? Where, which employer / carrier / company?

    Would be very happy if someone can help me.

    • Simone Janson

      Hello Jessika,
      Thank you for the question, but that is a very wide field and depends very much on what else you have done or can and what you personally want. You can read in here (see also further links and free eBook) - it's about career orientation and lateral entrances:

  5. Jessika

    I'm studying an adventurous combination, but I like it a lot: MA Romance languages ​​and Slavic studies (the humanities) and in the minor subject geology (that is rather something scientific). Is it advisable to change a lot between the two areas later in my professional life, especially at the beginning, or should I know from the beginning which area I should go and then go through it because it may look strange on the CV if I am between Publishers and quarrying companies jumping back and forth?

  6. Simone Janson

    Hello Jessika,

    it's alright already, usually appreciate employers
    indeed if a clear structure prevails and it acts as
    an applicant can not decide. Especially for
    Spiritual scientists with their wide composure is then one

    Personally, I find it quite varied, it shows
    Versatility. But that is often not in demand in the job market;
    I rather have the impression that graduates should be as good as possible in one
    Drawer fit. I also know people who have a very broad-based
    Have studied subject and then had to listen, they do not do anything
    Right, but everything just a bit.

    Therefore an early orientation through practical training is useful.

    But: perhaps there is a connection between the two
    Subjects - eg a publisher of journals for
    Quarrying companies also in other languages ​​brings out.
    Try to find a niche in which you are using their two
    different qualifications, because that will lift you up
    from others.

    Otherwise: Do not let yourself go crazy. Eventually
    She also works in a very different area with her
    Study subjects has nothing to do. That is with many
    Humanities scholars like that.

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