Career choice usually works in a very traditional way in Germany: children want to become what their parents or similar caregivers set an example for them. This overview shows that there is another way and that you can actually find your dream job – with a little effort Courage and research.

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What is a dream job actually

tourism, media, Art and more recently blogging are for many People apparently a longing industry, but apparently far too few people know what jobs there are and what the prospects are like. Not that I have this Industries consider it absolutely desirable. I'm much more concerned with promoting a broader debate on the subject of career choice.

Because nowadays it is becoming more and more important to develop one's own profession based on one's own wishes, ideas and abilities. However, the baby shouldn't be thrown out with the bath water: Unfortunately, there is no absolute dream job in which everything is always great and exciting. Even the travel blogger on Bali does not necessarily wallow in the hoped-for happiness - if, for example, that Money is missing or you then have to process the orders. But that's exactly where the rub lies: Perhaps our demands on modern career choices are simply too high?

Are our demands on the job just too high?

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Indeed feel According to a Forsa study, 69 percent of employees get through Study and Vocational Training well prepared for their job. Three quarters feel that they are generally sufficiently qualified for their job. The reasons often lie elsewhere: Many people are so dissatisfied with their job that they would like to throw everything away, where it would often help to change a few small things.

Different colleagues, different Executive, Others customers, more flexible working hours, less Stress, going for regular walks or questioning my own fears – I feel clear that not everything can be implemented immediately, but it is easier than changing jobs. And it is less a question of career choice than of working conditions - homemade and specified by the employer.

Career choice: As with nuts

But also when it comes to choosing a career, which is usually made at a very young age without any life experience, a lot goes wrong: role models who explain what stages and career paths someone has had are urgently needed. Because most children and adolescents still orient themselves towards their parents when it comes to their career aspirations and their later career choices, as my colleague Svenja Hofert once remarked with irony.

“The most modern parents today are – at most – SAP consultants or product managers. On the other hand, nobody can discover completely new jobs because they don't even have a name. The new jobs have more to do with topics, often with highly complex ones. This fundamental change with its impact on professional orientation and Job Search Hardly anyone has understood correctly (including the Onlinejob markets not).”

New professions? Wrong!

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The Problem is only: Many new professions, especially the ones with Technology having something to do simply didn't exist in mum's and dad's time. Another Forsa survey that I came across a while ago provides impressive proof of this thesis for the tourism industry - and is just one example, as it is in many other industries.

Travel agent and flight attendant are well-known professions that already existed in Mama's time. For 82% of the 1.004 respondents, however, new professions such as aviation manager and destination manager are a blank slate and only 38 percent can imagine anything being a spa manager. In any case, the study specifically asked about the following professions:

New start: just change your job?

Too bad, because how should you get professional Set put when you im Head is no further than your own parents? And that in an industry that is chosen less for reasons of merit and status than for personal motivations and inclinations. In addition, the question must be asked: Do we really need separate training for each activity? The answer is "No” – there are enough examples of people who do something completely different later in life than what they have actually learned.

For example, I was told at the time that you should do what really interests you. That's why I studied a humanities subject where, from today's perspective, I would have found law more useful for me. But the Consulting away from the usual professions (teacher, medicine, bank training) was rather bad, the digital change is not yet on the horizon and then you do what you think you can do. And how are you supposed to know what suits you and what you're suited for if you haven't tried it? That's why I find the "really interested" thing to be a double-edged sword. And sometimes the appetite comes with eating. Today I'm doing something similar to what I had in mind back then, but the design is completely different.

A problem of measuring competence

There is only one problem with such individual career paths: that of measuring competencies. Because, of course, everything has worked extremely well in Germany so far with the training and education Further Training and that's why it probably won't turn out that way fast change - even if that would be strongly advised, because the World Spins faster than our education system is changing.

Because the fundamental question is about the competence assessment - how are the poor supposed to be HR and employers realize what someone can do when people are constantly changing jobs and cannot produce the appropriate certificates? Attention irony! At a Expert round with the veteran union Ursula Engelen-Kefer and ladies and gentlemen from BIBB and Bitkom I discussed this a few years ago and there are actually research approaches, so-called large-scale assessments, in which the actual skills are put to the test. But there is still a long way to go before this is actually implemented and there is nothing left than to feel your way through the trial and error process. Let's do it!

An overview of new job profiles: Get rid of the clichés

But how can you actively contribute to improving your career choice? Present, show and talk about new job profiles and career paths. Such as Ellen from Elmastudio, who not only does the designVorlage for this blog, but also helped me out of many a design mess with many excellent tutorials on her blog, now numerous in a video podcast Ask all about blogging and WordPress answered. In this podcast contribution, she explains what is important in the job and chats about her personal training sewing box.

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And then there are the berlin episodes, which the production studio 2470media produced in cooperation with the TAZ. Extraordinary job and life pictures in Berlin are presented in the form of a slide show. Really a great one Idea, which I would like to present here. And it shows that it is time to do away with common role clichés and false professional role models. All the examples show that the road to your dream job may be hard and rocky, but it is worth following your own ideas and creating your very own personal job description.

The blind educator

The story starts with the blind educator Silja Korn, who was born 1966 in Berlin and from a young age a strong visual impairment.

At the age of 12, she lost her eyesight completely in a car accident. After attending school for the blind, she trained as a teacher and was the first blind woman to win state education recognition. Korn now works as a voice teacher in a day care center in Berlin Tempelhof.

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The country singer

Coming to the popular Art and Music Department: Laura Bean is born 1982 in Louisville, Kentucky. She and her three sisters grow up in a family of musicians. Early on the grandfather teaches her to play the piano. She studies geography and geology.

2003 goes to Heidelberg. An exchange semester is planned, it will be a permanent residence. 2007 moves her to Berlin and starts with street music. Later she plays with the Runaway Brides for a while. When not making music in pubs, she works on the record she wants to bring out, or arranges concerts with her new band.

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The politician

And finally a rather unpopular job: Hauke ​​Stiewe is born 1971 in Bremen. After school, he works for a year and a half as a deckhand on a barge. 1990 he goes to Berlin.

He is involved in the squatter scene, runs pubs and clubs. In the mid-90s, he founded the first small party. He is the owner of the “Lovelite” club in Friedrichshain and deputy chairman of the mountain party. Stiewe is one of the people who invented the “water battle” taking place on the Oberbaum Bridge between Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg.

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