What is the best job for me

Which job fits me?


Have you often asked yourself: which job actually suits me? The first useful step in finding out is to gather information - about yourself and the various career opportunities. We'll help you with that.

If you want to start looking for a job that suits you, you should definitely know what skills you have and what topics you are particularly interested in. Because only then can you exclude certain occupational fields or take a closer look at them. We have listed a few options for you that can help you answer the question "Which job suits me?" to answer.

General tips

The topic of career choice can be very difficult and frightening at first glance. But do not be afraid: Almost everyone deals with the question "Which job suits me?" So you are not alone with this problem! Accordingly, it never hurts to talk to your family, acquaintances or friends about this question. Maybe they have ideas or tips that will help you advance your career. A visit to a career fair, where you can talk directly to a large number of different employers and representatives from universities, can also be a good idea.
The beginning of such a consideration is always particularly difficult. If you notice that you keep putting it off to deal with your professional future, the following tip might help: Reserve a certain time for yourself on a certain day every week to deal with the topic for an hour. This works particularly well if you start early. If the time is on your neck, you should plan more appointments - for example, every other day immediately after getting up or every day from 7 to 8 p.m.
Collect all of your thoughts in one central place, for example in a notebook or a text document with the title "Which job suits me?" Through this self-organization you will not lose any clever thoughts and you can evaluate again later whether your opinion on a certain profession or course has changed.

Use the career choice test

If you don't even know what areas of interest you have, you can first take a career choice test. Such a test makes perfect sense because it is only when you know what you are good at or what you enjoy doing that it is easier to look for specific job profiles. There are quite a few career choice tests on the Internet, but not all of them are reliable. So it's best to choose the side carefully.

For example, the interest check on Anfang.com will tell you within 15 minutes which of your professional interests are particularly pronounced. All you have to do is assess 60 different activities and say openly, spontaneously and honestly which ones you like or don't. For example, you will be asked here whether you are interested in resolving conflicts between people, creatively processing films and photos on the computer or representing and implementing your own business ideas.

As a test result, you will receive information on how big your artistic-creative, social, technical-practical, scientific-research, economic-entrepreneurial and organizational-administrative interests are. In addition to your test result, you will receive a list of apprenticeships and courses that match your interests. If you want, you can also add particularly interesting positions to your watch list or apply immediately.

No matter which test you take: It is important that you are aware that each test result is only a recommendation. It is always possible that the proposed courses or professions do not suit you at all. Nevertheless: These online tests can be a good first step in answering the question "Which job is right for me?" to deal with.

Narrow down occupational fields and subject areas

If you know what you enjoy, what topics you are interested in and what special skills or hobbies you have, you will find the answer to the question "Which job suits me?" already a big step further. Because then you can narrow down the professional topics for yourself. Anyone who likes to play babysitting in the afternoon or evening could do one of the many jobs with children. If you grew up bilingually and also have an advanced course in English, French or Spanish in upper level, a language-related profession might suit you. In this way, you limit the professional possibilities further and get on the track of your dream job. Further examples of occupations according to topic are care, health and medicine, MINT occupations, technical occupations, IT occupations, occupations in gastronomy and tourism, occupations in retail or occupations in the countryside.

Once you have discovered one or two subject areas for yourself, it becomes even more specific. Look at different job profiles that fall under this. For example, if you are interested in jobs with a future, jobs related to IT and technology are an option. For example, you can study business informatics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or computer science. Or you complete an apprenticeship as a mathematical-technical software developer, electronics technician for machines and drive technology or system mechanic. If, on the other hand, you will feel comfortable in media professions, the range of professional opportunities is just as large: courses such as graphic design, digital media and media economics are just as possible as the training professions for audiovisual media, media designer for image and sound and media technologist for printing.

You can find a list of most of the apprenticeships in Germany in our Professions A-Z. If you'd rather find out more about courses, you should take a look at courses A-Z!

Do you prefer theory or practice?

Now you have already answered the question "Which job suits me?" decided on one or two thematic occupational fields. Your choice can be further narrowed down if you make a fundamental decision. Are you the more practical type who wants to move around and do something with your hands or do you feel more comfortable at your desk when you can sit in front of the computer or browse books? Because it depends on which career path you choose: apprenticeship or studies? In an apprenticeship you have to deal with customers from the beginning, work practically and exactly as you will later do as a trained specialist. In a classic full-time course, on the other hand, you will deal with theoretical knowledge most of the time - similar to at school. You can use this "only" in the context of practical projects, internships, part-time jobs or even only after you graduate.

Between these two extremes, there are also dual study programs that combine theory and practice. In addition, not every course of study is purely theoretical: at universities of applied sciences, for example, usually a large proportion of practical experience, and private universities also establish contact with the world of work.
No matter what you ultimately choose, you can always change your decision. It doesn't matter if, after a semester or year of training, you find that your first choice doesn't suit you after all. It's also an important experience when you realize, "I thought this job was right for me, but now I know I was wrong." In Germany, too, it is now more easily accepted that mistakes are part of life.
If you know that you are more interested in a degree, we have our own article on the topic "Which degree suits me?".

An internship can help with the decision

Have you already found a handful of professions that might suit you? Then you should take a closer look at your favorites. The quickest way to find out whether a job suits you is when you experience it - during an internship, for example. Either you look at your work as an architect, office management clerk, motor vehicle mechatronics technician or geriatric nurse for just one day or you take a little more time for it. As a rule, internships last one to two weeks during school hours or during the holidays. The following applies here: The longer you do the internship, the more impressions you get of the everyday tasks. After all, every day is not the same in any job. Customers, orders and also the professional challenges change regularly. You will be better able to decide for or against a job if you experience everyday working life over a longer period of time.

At your interview, mention that you would like to be involved in the work - then you can even take on easier tasks yourself and try out whether you enjoy the hand movements. Just as important as the desire to tackle things is the courage to ask colleagues or trainees about their experiences. What do you particularly like about your job? What tasks are trainees allowed to take on? And what about salary and working hours? Even if you won't always get an answer to all of your questions, at the end of your internship you should be able to answer the most important question: Does the job suit me or not?

Summary: found the right job?

Overall, you should answer the question "Which job suits me?" take it seriously, but don't stress yourself with it. After our tips, you still have no idea how to proceed? Try these steps once:

  1. Do our interest check. As described above: This is a free test that you can use to find out which professions or courses of study might suit your interests.
  2. Consult our lists: Professions A-Z and Degree Programs A-Z. Find 3 professions and courses of study that interest you the most. Make a list of pros and cons and see if that gets you anywhere.
  3. Here you have to put in a little more effort: Visit a career fair - maybe there will be an entry fair in your area in the near future!
  4. Just can't make up your mind and stuck? Then take a break from this topic and make other experiences, for example through a year of work and travel or voluntary service. In our "Gap Year" section you will find even more ideas that go with it!

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