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Studying is not always fun. But does it really not fit into one or do you just need a break? Before students make a final decision, it can help to sniff the practice air and learn about alternative career paths. Quit or interrupt your studies? 7 Tips for furthering or persevering


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You should do this before you throw the towel

For many students, the first failed exam or housework is a moment of disillusionment. If there is no motivation, the passion for the study subject is missing, or the academic work is not, then the question quickly arises: Is the university the right place for me?

Before students throw the towel and perhaps have no alternative plan, they should try to look at the situation with some distance. Am I in a temporary motivation hole or do I need to reorient myself? Only those who can answer this question clearly know what to do in the next step.

Every second thinks about studying

The last survey by univativ showed that every second student is now thinking about throwing the towel over the course of his studies. The fact that young academics can endure their studies can have different reasons: performance pressure, the wrong study, financial or personal problems. A mocked exam or a bad housework note could still very easily pass on old studies such as Diplom and Magister. For bachelor and master students, however, such failures are a problem.

Since the introduction of Bachelor and Master in the course of the Bologna reform, the study has been strictly planned and closely coordinated. A missed exam can quickly complete the schedule and increase the number of students in the next semester. In addition, since the results of each examinations and housework are relevant to the final score, the performance pressure is high from the outset. If everything does not go according to plan, the stress increases. Many students stand in their own way and then fail to meet their own expectations.

Performance pressure is the most common reason for the termination of studies

A study conducted by the German Center for Higher Education and Science Research showed that performance pressure is one of the main reasons for stopping studies. 20 percent of the study drop-outs surveyed indicated that they had not been able to cope with the pressure to achieve good examination results. In the same direction there are other results: 12 percent failed at the study conditions, 11 percent was compulsorily matriculated due to repeated non-existence of a test.

But financial reasons also mean that more and more students throw the rifle into the grain. 19 percent of the interviewees stated that they could not finance their studies. The structure of the bachelor's and master's degree programs also makes a big impression on many young academics. Due to the high workload and the full schedule, many students no longer have the opportunity to work alongside the university. An unpaid compulsory internship in the semester breaks makes the financial misery perfect. Those who do not receive BAföG or receive any financial support from their parents will soon be faced with an involuntary de-matriculation, despite the various possibilities of funding their studies.

7 Tips for Study Abolition: Continued or Endured?

Sometimes it is the only way to stop the study. Sometimes, however, you can help with a little reflection and reorganization. This is how XnUMX tips are explained.

1. Before the final stop: Discontinue studies!

Students, who are tormented by any lecture, do not create the conclusion. In the worst case, however, they are caught up in a job that does not give them pleasure. If there is a lack of financial resources and a credit is not an option, the funding of the studies becomes difficult or impossible. Nor is the scientific work just for everyone. But a fundamental question is:

  1. Am I simply not created for a study?
  2. Or am I in a temporary creative crisis?
  3. Are there too many examinations and unpleasant content on the agenda this semester?
  4. Or is the study subject basically not mine?

2. Is the problem really the study?

Hans-Werner Rückert, psychologist at the Free University of Berlin, has a helpful advice for all those who are thinking about abolishing their studies. You should ask yourself four questions:

  1. Is the problem actually studying?
  2. Have you tried to solve the problem?
  3. Are you studying the subject you wanted to study?
  4. Have you tried any possible alternatives?

Whoever has dealt intensively with all four questions knows at the latest what decision to make.

3. For frustration over small Stolpersteine ​​does not question everything

It is important that isolated pebbles do not call into question the fundamental suitability for study. A boring seminar or a conflict with a lecturer can drive the motivation into the cellar.

However, such situations are part of the study and do not in themselves tell us whether one is identified with his study subject or not. Anyone who now breaks off on a whim, may find the way to a dream job. Durstrecken are completely normal and go by. It is important to identify the cause of the problem and find out if it is permanent and how it can be remedied.

4. Trying to go about studying

Whoever, after careful consideration, asks whether he has chosen the right subject and if he is happy with the work in the desired career, should try the example and practice air. A secondary job, a job as a student or an internship offer the possibility to subject the desired wishful activity and the work environment to a practice test.

In contrast to a student job, an internship offers the advantage over a certain period of time that it is continuously involved in the work processes of a company. This gives you a feeling for everyday life in the job. The disadvantage: despite the minimum wage regulation, internships are often paid so badly that they do not contribute to the financing of the study.

5. In addition to jobs, the better practice experience and pay the rent

A student's job, in turn, can pay the rent. If you work part-time, you do not deserve badly in doubt, but you will be more likely to sit on routineties. Important tasks, which are often also particularly exciting, can not be left until the student's help is back in the house. Anyone looking for a challenging and professional challenge is well advised with a project job.

Students can adjust their workload to their schedule. Project work often combines the advantages of internship and part-time job: professional challenge and fair pay. If you have good experiences here and can record success experiences, you often take a motivation push back to the university and it is easier to go to the end. But even if the excursion into the vocational language provides for disillusionment, this is a helpful result. With the knowledge thus gained, it is easier to pursue a new path and to avoid further disappointments.

6. Where can students find decision-making assistance?

Support for deciding whether an internship, exchange or de-matriculation is the right choice, students can get in different places. The first stop is always your own university. This usually offers various counseling centers, such as:

  • Student Counseling
  • Student councils,
  • tutors

They are good contacts if there are doubts about the current situation. There, targeted questions are asked, and the consultants support dubious students in decision-making about the further training path. But friends and family can also help.

7. Advice also after exmatriculation

There are also contact points after exmatriculation.

  • First and foremost is the Federal Agency for Labor. A competent consultant knows the different possibilities and can offer with suitable alternatives to study.
  • A similar approach has also been taken by a number of economic initiatives. Many companies have had great difficulties finding suitable recruits for vocational training for years. Study drop-outs are welcome to trainers.
  • The career program of the Chamber of Crafts Unterfranken is aimed, for example, at study drop-outs.
  • The Kreishandwerkschaft Hellweg-Lippe has a similar program on offer. Here too, drop-outs of all departments are welcome.
  • The "Your turn" program of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) gives graduates the chance to complete their education in the areas of IT, wholesale and real estate.
  • Looking into the net is worthwhile: it is often part of the initiatives that study drop-outs (under certain conditions) may look forward to a shortened period of training or facilitate their way to the master.
  • Many more tips and advice can be found at studyabbrecher.com, a joint initiative of the Agency for Employment and some industrial, trade and craft chambers.

Conclusion: A Plan B is important!

Whatever the decision, whether it is to make a difference, drop off or change your trade, to have a plan B in time, makes you feel less pressure and gain new energy for further training.

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