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The perfect career choice

What will happen after graduation? This question becomes more and more urgent in the higher semesters. For some, the answer is crystal clear: you want to go to school, hospital or court. But the career path is far from being mapped out for all students. Our checklist helps!

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Studying opens up many possibilities. Which one should you choose?

For example, if you are doing a Masters in Political Science and German Studies, you can become a trainee at a bank, but you can also go into the media or public service. This checklist will help you make a decision. It is about your very personal longings, wishes and dreams.

Many still believe that university graduates have the greatest opportunities where the most vacancies can be found, where attractive salaries and working conditions are attractive. But that's only one side of the coin. Those who are not interested in their work are also likely to perform less well and will only see their professional activity as a burden. The risk of increasing dissatisfaction is great. Not a tempting prospect! Purposeful considerations alone do not lead to the goal. That is why the question of one's own wishes and dreams is so crucial.

The career choice as a project

The author of this article
Anja Schreiber has been working as a freelance specialist journalist on the subjects of education, studies and work for many years. She writes for the Berliner Zeitung, Stuttgarter Zeitung and Süddeutsche Zeitung, among others, but also for university magazines and a scientific publication. She is also the author of several guides. For example, she wrote “The Strategy for Longing for Students and University Graduates”. The book helps to prepare the career entry precisely.
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This checklist is about your desires! Take your time to edit. It's best to take notes. So you can read through your answers again later. That makes sense, because the search for the right job is not a matter of a few minutes, but a long-term project that can take months or even years.

So here are the questions to ask yourself in a quiet hour:

The idea of ​​the future

The first question asks about your big dream:

  1. What do I wish for the future?

So that you can answer all questions in peace, we have also collected them in a PDF for download.

(Be specific with the answer. Imagine the details such as lifestyle, place of residence and relationships and ask yourself, for example: What should my professional activity look like? Do I want to be creative, organize or negotiate? In which environment do I want to work and live ? In the open-plan office, in the home office, alone or with others? Do I want to travel a lot, live in the city or in the country? Do I want to act independently or do I need announcements from above? Do I long for home ownership or as a digital nomad around them World to travel?
If you are not yet sure what kind of activities you are longing for, it does not matter. But maybe you have a clear idea of ​​the rest of your life. Describe them in as much detail as possible.)

Questions about yourself

An important part of choosing a career is self-reflection. Because only those who know themselves can make the right decision:

  1. What are my most important values ​​(for example freedom, self-determination, loyalty)?

  2. Where do I experience meaning? Do I experience it when, for example, I help people or am committed to the environment?

  3. Who or what inspires and inspires me? Is it for example YouTube stars or the Apple founder Steve Jobs?

  4. Would I like to do the same thing as my stars and role models?

  5. What hobbies and interests do I have?

  6. What do I spend my free time with?

  7. In which activities do I get into the flow?

  8. When will I be ready to voluntarily get up an hour earlier in the morning?

Questions about competencies

When you have answered these questions, you will probably already have a few activities on your sticky note. They are the starting point for further considerations:

  1. What skills and competencies do I have?

  2. Which of these am I really good at?

  3. What do I enjoy most about it?

  4. What can I least do?

  5. What skills would I like to have?

  6. What do I still want to learn?

Questions about private life and studies

  1. How satisfied am I currently with my studies and my private life?

  2. Am I often stressed or sick?

  3. What could be the reason?

  4. Do I enjoy my studies?

  5. Am i successful?

  6. Do I feel comfortable at the university and among my fellow students?

  7. How satisfied am I today with my decision to study?

  8. Would I like to change direction again?

  9. In which direction could this go?

Questions about internships and jobs

  1. What practical experience have I gained so far?

  2. How did I feel about it?

  3. How do I rate employers and the work environment?

  4. What did I enjoy doing it?

  5. Did I get into the flow during an activity?

  1. What did I find problematic?

  2. Was the problem in the industry or in the company?

  3. Didn't I like the specific job or the activities you performed?

  1. Am I satisfied with the choice of my previous internships?

  2. Have my internships and jobs given me clarity when it comes to choosing a career?

  3. Could I imagine working in the field in which I have gained practical experience so far after my studies?

  4. Would I rather reorient myself again?

Perhaps when you answer these questions, you will find that you have not yet found your dream job. It could be, for example, that you currently only know what you don't want. If this is clear to you, you are already an important step further. So do not see this knowledge as a failure or failure, but as a valuable insight.

If you have not yet been able to gain positive practical experience in your studies, think about your childhood and adolescence. Maybe this will help you:

Questions about the past

  1. What did I want to be as a child and adolescent?

  2. Who were my stars?

  3. What projects, jobs, or other activities did I thrive on?

  4. Where and when was I completely in my element?