Why should you first look for the profession and then the training path: Where is the dream job going?

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Many people looking for a job make a fundamental mistake: instead of looking for an interesting job that suits their abilities, that is, their own dream job, they focus on a particular profession or degree program. In my opinion, this is a classic self-in-knee-shot technique - and I want to explain why:

Why one should first look for the profession and then the training path: Where is the dream job?

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84Tom Diesbrock is a psychologist, consultant, team developer and book author.


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Abi - and then?

I met today a friend of mine, a young woman, we call her Paula, whom I had met in the spring on a hike. The conversation soon came to her professional situation, which is anything but rosy:

Paula has been holding her Abi for two years and still does not know where to go her professional journey. She keeps up with jobs, but becomes more and more unhappy, because she wants to do something she wants and continues.

Yes, but please, without a patient!

Paula had applied to a study place for medicine in the summer and received a cancellation. Now she told me about her reflections, perhaps to study in Budapest. I asked her (as this is my way) what she would like to do after studying.

She wanted to be a doctor, but she did not care for the patient in the long term, so she could not imagine any old people, she could imagine sports medicine - or anesthesia, because she was interested in technology and biology, and she did not have so much patient contact connected…

Study selection without professional presentation

That struck me. In their view of the doctor's profession, people did not seem to be the decisive factor. Would it be closer to study something technical, pharmaceutical or biological? Hmm, yes, there's something there.

But Paula could also imagine studying psychology, but the stupid cut was a bit too high. And what was she going to do with it? She had not really thought about it either. "What about teenagers, maybe with behavioral".

Many ways lead to the goal

When I had been bungled, and she had thought about it for a while, a picture of how she wanted to look after young people in camps, which would otherwise threaten a prison sentence. Whether for such a work as psychology the best basis would be? Not necessarily, there would be other ways.

Unlike many people I meet in my practice, Paula has some ideas about what she would like to do professionally. Only these are still rather spongy, because they have so far been little concerned with concrete ideas. Why?

First study, the rest comes later!

Because she seemed much more important, what she was supposed to study, and where she could get her grades. Sure, Paula had also talked to a doctor about his daily work, was even "a few days" "run". Then she found the profession "quite interesting".

But so interesting that it was worthwhile to study for five years and then to do a specialist training at least once again? And this, although she was most interested in the scientific and technical aspect?

Which job title does it matter?

I am talking about Paula, because I often meet this phenomenon: People (not only very young) focus on job titles or study courses, but not on interesting activities and interests, and want to become assistant, controller, eventmanager, Law or cultural studies - without the actual profile of their work actually meeting them.

Why? Because someone has advised them, it is said to be "safe" or particularly on the labor market. Because it sounds good on the surface, because you have a lot of different possibilities later (so you have to set it up) or because you simply can not think of anything better ...

Roll up the field from behind

In my opinion, this is a classic self-in-knee-shot technique! Because firstly, you might be able to manage a job that does not suit you at all (and this is damning a lot of people!) - or one is superqualified one day and is no longer in demand.

I therefore advise undecided and insecure people like Paula to tackle the matter in the opposite direction: First of all, you should get an accurate picture of what you want to do - as detailed as possible and in colorful colors.

First the activity profile, then the training path

And from this you should tinker a job profile of the best possible job, only to see where in the world of work this could appear anywhere and with what conditions and on what ways you could get there.

Not so rarely will one then realize that a study is not the best and fastest way. It is, however, much more convenient to scan only directories of study offerings and only to ask what you want to study ...

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