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


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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 specific occupation or degree program. In my opinion, this is a classic self-in-knee-shot technique - and I want to explain why:

Why you should first look for a job and then for an apprenticeship: Where can you find your dream job?


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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.

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.

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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 studying psychology, only that the necessary cut was stupidly too high. And what did she want to do with it? She hadn't really thought about that either. "What about 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?

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First study, the rest will come later!

Because it seemed much more important to her what she should study and which courses she could get where with her grade average. Sure, Paula had also spoken to a doctor about his daily work and even "walked" for a few days. Then 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 someone advised them that it was supposedly “safe” or that it was particularly in demand on the job market. Because it sounds good at first sight, because it gives you many different options later on (so you don't have to commit yourself to it until then) or simply because you can't 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.

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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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