Wrong study choice: What’s next?
Despite graduating break make great career? It works: Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have done it. But it is important that you find a good alternative that suits your needs.
Maybe you know the problem: the study grows over your head, the topics have nothing to do with what you have imagined during your studies and the thought of the next exam period ensures already for sweaty hands. No fear. Like you, there are thousands of students every year, because not always is the chosen study or even the study subject the right choice.
But what should one do in this situation? Simply exmatriculating is rarely a good idea. Instead, you should first think about the possibilities and alternatives after dropping out.
Dropout: No improvement despite Bologna
Many educational experts had expected that the nationwide introduction of the bachelor’s program could achieve a drop in student drop-out rates. But the opposite is the case. The quotas have been stable for years and in parts even exceed the quotas of the former diploma and Magister degree programs.
However, you have to differentiate different subjects. Particularly high rates with more than 40% dropouts are common in STEM subjects.
Mathematics, physics and chemistry are next to electrical engineering the subjects with the highest studies demolition rate. But even in the Department of Psychology, which has the lowest drop-out rate, the number is still at a stately 14 percent. As you can see, if you are thinking of stopping your studies, then you are not alone.
Fun Fact: Even dropouts can be enormously successful. A university degree is not always the basis for the absolute success in the world of work. Take a look at the successful businessmen and inventors of the last decades. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have all quit their studies to become particularly successful and start businesses that are now traded on the stock market at billions.
What we mean by that is not always the termination of a study is the worst choice. Sometimes such a failure can also help to re-evaluate one’s own talents and possibilities and to follow one’s own strengths accordingly.
What alternatives do you have after leaving university?
First of all, you should think about why you have chosen your study program and which parts of the study have caused you to think about a demolition.
If you still like your subject and you are currently just getting too busy, this may only be a temporary (exam) phase and you should give yourself 1-2 months to rethink whether you want to continue in the program or not.
On the other hand, have you just followed the current trends in study choice and did not consider your own interests? Did not the thematic field of study particularly appeal to you, even though you did not feel overwhelmed by the effort and the work? Then it can make sense to choose a different course of study and to start a study again. Thus, you can still complete a successful university education, even if you have canceled your first degree.