You know you want to study. But you don’t know what your goals could be.
You probably finished school a very short time ago and you want to inform yourself about future chances and risks of different courses of education abroad.
Know your interests
“If You know Yourself, You are Wise.” (Laotse)
It is important to know your personal motivations and preferences. A small test or answering simple questions can often help you! Some of your personal questions about choosing direction might be:
- What can I study with my particular strengths?
- Which profession do I want to work in?
In addition to the personal questions, you will certainly also think about economic questions (career questions) regarding your future life and future prospects:
- What are the chances of finding a job with my skills?
- What career opportunities do I have with my choice?
- Which industries are interested in this particular emphasis?
- What job is safe? Is there even a serious bottleneck for this job?
The best start is when you think about your success moments in school. There are certainly several topics that you find fascinating. These topics should be the first ones you consider.
Choose the destinations you seek
If you think honestly about the future world of employment, you will find that there is no clear picture of the future. Indeed, even experts who only deal with the labour market issue do not know with which future jobs will offer candidates the greatest opportunities for success. It is certainly possible to say which jobs will still be available, but not which ones are most urgently needed. Simply, because a very large variety and great amount of diversity will always remain important!
As a result of growing requirements, there has been a trend towards interdisciplinary study programmes for some years now. The great advantage of these courses of study lies in the opportunities for graduates of these subjects.
But classical courses of study also offer many advantages! You acquire much more detailed knowledge, obtain a high degree of specialization and you know precisely your own personal capabilities after graduation. On the other hand, graduates of interdisciplinary degree programmes sometimes have problems when very detailed knowledge is required.
Conversely, you also need a lot of knowledge and insight into other areas. Exactly here an interdisciplinary specialization helps, because one learns to handle with high complexity in the right way.
Control questions for personal decisions
Choosing a suitable career is easier if you know yourself well. Success in your studies and your job will depend very much on how pleased and confident you are with the content of your work and how much you enjoy advancing and nurturing yourself.
A few good questions to get to know your personality may be:
- What always gives me the right motivation boost? When did it last happen? Which issues are these?
- Which subjects do I like I likeparticularly?
- Can I work creatively? Do I want to work creatively andanalytically?
- Can I work purely analytical? How much fun do I have with details?
- I would like to try and analyze / explain and teach / create and initiate / organize and take responsibility?
By answering these questions you can already choose an approximate direction.
The most important question for yourself is, What are you burning for inside?
You should know something about what you could be thinking of in your future. Your job and your studies will take up a large part of your life. It is therefore important to know what you would like to do for many years. Even if you don’t want or still cannot set your career as your main goal, it’s useful to choose a goal that could be rewarding. The topics you will deal with will increase your knowledge and skills and will create more or less rigidity in your life.
But don’t worry! Most people change jobs several times in their lives. It is important to ask for a suitable occupation, but you should not exaggerate.
However, if you are still undecided, you may be able to find your desired course of studies with some suggestions in Step 2.
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