Everything a matter of perspective
Children answer the often asked question of their environment, "What do you want to become when you grow up?", Mostly with naive wishful thinking such as locomotive driver and pirate, which of course has little future prospects. As a student of the humanities, you will encounter this question again, albeit in a slightly different form. No party on the not a puzzled mechanical engineering student, who says he does not even know that you can study something like that, asks: "And what do you do with it when you're done?"
As a person concerned, one tries to avoid this question because one can often not answer them without the ironic advice that if necessary taxi or rich marriages are alternatives, this situation should not have changed until the end of the studies. There seem to be a few who, after completing their studies, seriously consider the prospects of modern piracy, and the stereotype of the taxi driver with a university degree, or even doctorate, is particularly widespread among mind scientists.
A science in itself
Nevertheless, one-fifth of all students choose a humanities subject, or perhaps because of that? To find out, I looked around a bit and stumbled over Fabian Kuhn. Fabian studies history and cultural studies at the University of Karlsruhe and then at the HU in Berlin. He is currently writing his dissertation and asked himself this very question, which seems to be a big part of the students: How is it going to continue after graduation? Explicitly, Fabian explained to me exactly where it goes for humanities students.
A scholarship usually has a rule study period of 10 semesters. There is hardly anyone who is crushed by work and there is enough time for student activities. Stays abroad, internships and parties, which will never be experienced again, shape the student's life tolerably. If one shows the right balance and attitude, can be from the study the most beautiful years of life.
The risk of sticking is therefore not to be underestimated and semester numbers of over 20 are not exceptional cases. Many of them are oriented in their cozy university biotope, in search of a future perspective and themselves. Ernst is only afterwards. Suddenly one holds his master, the diploma or examination in the hand and in front of a large black hole opens.
More abstract than other professional images
Social sciences are much more abstract than other disciplines. Anyone who studies medicine, marketing or mechanical engineering has, by definition, a concrete career field in mind and, accordingly, theCourses of studies are designed accordingly. The percentage of students of German studies, history, and philosophy who have no clear idea of their professional future during their studies is certainly high.
The spongy profession, however, carries both evil and opportunity at the same time. A study of the humanities gives a greater general knowledge than a study of economics or natural sciences, and personal inclinations and interests are encouraged and satisfied to a greater degree. The motives for the selection of students are, therefore, unambiguous. In contrast, salary expectations, career chances, and thus the longing for professional and financial security, are in the background.
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