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.
Doctor yes, but please without patients!
Paula had applied in the summer for a place to study medicine and received a rejection. Now she told me about her thoughts about studying in Budapest. I asked her (as is my nature) what she wanted to do after graduation.
Although she wanted to be a doctor, but did not care for the patient in the long term, so no too old people, sports medicine she could imagine - or anesthesia, because that has to do with technology and biology, what interested them, and it is not connected with so much patient contact ...
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 to study psychology, but there was stupidly the necessary Abischnitt a bit too high. And what does she want to do with it? She had not really thought about that, either. "What with teenagers, maybe with behavioral problems".
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 will come later!
Because it seemed to her much more important, what she should study and which degree programs she could approach where with her grade mark. Sure, Paula had also talked to a doctor about his daily work, sometimes even "ran" for a few days, after which she found the job "very 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 somebody advised them, it is supposed to be "safe" or in demand on the job market, because it sounds superficially good, because it gives you a lot of different options later (so it does not have to commit) or because you 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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