Orchid Fan: With a rare master’s degree to success

Orchid Fan: With a rare master’s degree to success

Successful career entry with unusual master’s degree

“Not 08/15,” say students who want to stand out from the broad master mass. But how do Master’s degrees in rare subjects in the professional world get?

What is Master’s degree about?

Apart from mainstream and master of business administration, students can also enroll in more out-of-the-box programs such as the Beatles Master in Liverpool or Sustainable Peace through Sport in Monaco. In Europe, the fields of study have also branched out further. But what hides behind the melodious names for master programs and how one should find a job at all, often only reveals itself at second glance.

Susanne Schilden, spokeswoman for the English Rectors’ Conference, confirms that some terms are difficult to understand. “The title, however, can never fully describe a degree course,” says the expert. An occupation, even with the study regulations, is therefore the only way to really understand what exactly is going on, what comes up in the study and what professional field you can strive for.

How can you continue after graduation?

The application should always include a “Fauxxot” the “Diploma Supplement”, the expert recommends. Therein, the study contents are explained as an attachment to the final certificate. This can be particularly important for students with unusual subjects, so that potential employers do not sort out their applications out of incomprehension.

“Waste and contaminated sites” – what Christoph Wünsch has studied sounds at first glance less attractive. From dusty garbage cans of the election Dresdener is far away. His workplace is desk and lecture hall. He does not put on an orange safety vest after completing his Master’s degree program. As a doctoral student, he puts his shirt and jacket on when it comes to working clothes. “Since the degree program is very scientifically oriented, many, above all, good students get lost in research facilities, and the various environmental offices and engineering offices are good points of contact,” says Christoph.

Get to know the professional world before the Master

For most students in Europe it says after the bachelor: After the theory is before the theory. Before the work calls, they prefer to do their masters. At the same time it would make more sense to first gain experience in the world of work, advises expert Susanne Schilden.

Those who choose a Master’s degree program only to specialize can do so more purposefully because they know their own professional interests and perspectives better. And so the students did not run the risk of getting themselves into a professional impasse in the subsequent specialization by their own choice of subjects.

Info Three success stories

Stephan Ramin was lucky. The 28-year-old studied in Göttingen first “Arboristics” and then immediately in Berlin “Urban Plant and Freiraummanagement”. “For graduates of our field, it is not easy to get a dream job because they are very limited,” says the plant friend. “Often, job vacancies are not tailored to a master’s degree, but to have a job that is in the broadest sense of the word is sometimes forced to sell ‘below its value’, which is a pity, but it can be to be a springboard to the dream spot. ” Ramin himself was successful: He has been employed at the Stadtgärtnerei in Basel since December 2009 – and has been thriving ever since.

Michael Staubach got his dream job after the master. Following the training as a metalworker, the long-standing hobby firefighter “Security Technology” studied in Wuppertal, pursued a master’s degree in “fire protection” and put a doctorate on it. The native Thuringian has since then no longer need to touch ax and hose as a cause of fire investigator at the state criminal police Brandenburg.

High above Kristina Spasova wants. The graduate of “Wind Energy Technology” at the University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven is still fascinated when she climbs onto a 90-meter-high wind turbine, especially if an elevator is available. “After completing my bachelor’s degree in process and energy technology, I was looking for a job for two months, but the economy was down because of the crisis,” says the engineer. So she decided to become a Master – and stayed at the Institute of Wind Energy as a research assistant. The promising business with the wind also gives wings to her fellow students: most of them are taken over directly by the companies.

Do not be afraid of the master thesis

Do not be afraid of the master thesis

Tips against stress, writer’s block and Co.

The completion of the study is imminent – only this one big hurdle: the master thesis. Everything could be so easy. Could.

Do not be afraid of the scope and content of the Masterabeit

For example, while humanities scholars often have to write 90 to 120 pages, the faculty of economics at the University of Bielefeld only expects about 60 to 80 pages. The time frame, however, is more uniform. He is in almost all subjects at half a year.

Empirical examinations, as they are done in a dissertation, often come too short. Nevertheless, most professors appreciate it when their own research, survey or study is the basis of the Master’s thesis. Exclusive citation of secondary literature should only be done with the utmost care in the age of plagiarism. The master’s thesis is more comprehensive than a bachelor thesis and goes more into the depth of science.

In some degree programs, it is customary to verbally “defend” the work. This means, for example, holding a 20-minute presentation and then answering the examiner’s questions for ten minutes. After such a colloquium, the grade of the thesis can still be changed.

Do not worry about the Prof

Every professor is interested in students successfully graduating from their university. A good dissertation advisor would have to deal with structural and personal components of his students, says Prof. Dr. med. Peter Riegler from the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences Braunschweig / Wolfenbüttel in Computer Science. “If I find that a student is afraid of the written work, I let him start early, so there is no Aufschieberitis.” Some people need clear guidelines because they are uncertain, others are more independent.

“In the beginning, I often meet with the student on a daily basis to pinpoint what is to be done, what structure is behind it, what input the person needs,” says Riegler. Later, the gaps will increase. He was well received by the students who voted him “Professor of the Year” in 2011. “I like to have pre-release versions to prevent serious mistakes and plagiarism in the final version,” says Riegler. Since he knows how time-consuming the supervision is, he deliberately accepts only two to three master theses per semester.

No jitters about the topic of the master thesis

“Interest in the topic is the best motivation,” says author and academic educator Andrea Behnke, after all, they spend at least six months working on it intensively. Not all courses of study are self-employed. Sometimes the supervisor specifies a topic. At universities of applied sciences, the rule is to write the work outside the institution. “Often, companies issue master’s topics to the students, which can not be processed according to the examination regulations,” says Prof. Dr. med. Riegler, who then feels in the duty of care to his students.

At universities, in computer science, the thesis is written in working groups. They offer much more support options, also in terms of motivation. There are more competent contacts there who can help, even if the supervising professor is not there.

The topic is especially crucial if you want to get into science later on with the Master, because you qualify in a certain subarea of ​​your area of ​​expertise and build your own master’s thesis with your PhD.

Do not worry about a writer’s block

Writing blocks often arise because the master’s thesis is piled up in front of you, because you only see the whole thing and the many pages you have to fill. “It is better to disassemble the work in steps and to make a time and work plan for each step,” says writing coach Andrea Behnke. The schedule also clearly includes free times. “You need breaks and variety to be creative.” Once you are clear about the message, “you should invest time in a structure that serves as a framework but can be changed as you write.”

The “when” and “where” of writing should suit everyone to their own rhythm. It makes sense only to expose everything that pulls you out of the flow of writing: Internet, social networks and the telephone. “As a reward, you can then treat yourself to small windows, in which then deliberately surfed or talked on the phone.”

Do not panic about deadlines

Many students have “adventurous fantasies” about what demands are made on a master’s thesis. The fear of the day of submission is sometimes so great. It could afford in the limited time no perfectionism, says Wilfried Schumann, head of the Psychosocial Counseling Center of the University and Studentenwerk Oldenburg. “It is in the nature of things that the end product always acts like a temporary in the delivery.”

The psychologist encourages the students by telling them that it is “no coincidence that they made it to the end of their studies”. However, there are also students who would unconsciously bog down a job due to fears about the future. “If uncertainty and resignation take over and we have to assume that the current problems are the expression of deeper conflicts, we refer to psychotherapy for the long-term treatment of these difficulties,” says Schumann.

Due to illness or other circumstances, you can get an extension of the deadline. Also for substantive reasons such as difficulties in the empirical investigation, a postponement is possible. But that should only be the last resort.

No flutter before grading

In the subjects of mathematics or computer science are often awarded very good grades nationwide, while one is among the jurists of the king, if one reaches a “fully satisfactory”. Actually, this is not a problem if all parties involved, including future employers, know that.

The consulting firm Roland Berger takes into account that graduates of the technical universities such as the TU Munich or Karlsruhe with a grade point average of 2.5 to 3.0 in the top 30 percent, according to Julia Kemmler, Recruitment Officer at Roland Berger Europe: “For Most of the graduates are: The overall grade should not be worse than 2.4 with us.We pay very close attention to all grades since graduation – from bachelor to examination grades within the study to the master’s degree. “

No snooping in front of the economy

The benefits of working in partnership with a company are obvious: you get good support from the company and you have access to experts in the field you are working on.

Of course it’s also very good in the CV. And with the completion of the work, the contacts to any future employer are already linked: “Who writes his master’s thesis with us, is not automatically taken over. It is not a free ticket, but if you did it very well, it is quite possible, such a job after graduation “, says Thomas Degraaff, personnel consultant at the chemical company BASF.

Test anxiety during the master thesis

Asked by Ute Mewes, graduate social pedagogue at the psychosocial counseling center of the University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein.

UNICUM: Are there many students with test anxiety?

Mewes: Various studies show that the stress burden among students has increased after the introduction of bachelor’s and master’s programs. Anxiety can be a consequence of too much stress, so when “the cask overflows”, the organism can react with fear to protect itself from further overload. Examination fears have been named most frequently, as well as social phobias, anxiety and panic disorders, fears of the future and social isolation.

Which persons are more likely to suffer from this fear?

Test anxiety is fear of rating. Students who combine all or part of their value with a pending performance, no matter how many exams have passed successfully, are more likely to suffer. The experience that a failure has dramatic consequences can have a profound effect on later attitudes and self-esteem. It is different in every person.

Negative assessment experiences in childhood or adolescence, such as a pejorative education, too high demands, experiences of being teased by outsiders as outsiders, can negatively impact self-esteem. Certainly also personality characteristics have influence on the expression of a fear reaction. However, anyone can learn to cope better with stress and stressful situations, and develop appropriate self-esteem.

Plan B (WL) for humanities scholars

Plan B (WL) for humanities scholars

Instead of dropout: New subject only in the Master

As a humanities scholar, one sees oneself before the end of the Bachelor often in a professional impasse and regrets having not studied anything else. One possible solution: Business Administration Master programs for non-economists. But how difficult are they? And what do HR managers think?

Business Administration for non-economists

After his economic Abi Jonas Schmidt (26) had “no desire for numbers”. The statistics share in the social sciences was just so o.k. At some point he realized that “the income opportunity in the social field is often lower and the labor market is more competitive.”

Since he wanted to pursue the “less demanding Bachelor” anyway, the special Master at the International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef (IUBH) fit perfectly. He spent the preparatory semester with around 15 others, including engineers, psychologists and linguists. Only later did the “right business people” join.

From 0 to master level

At Zeppelin University (ZU) in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance, on the other hand, lateral entrants will stay with each other for the entire two years. “Interdisciplinarity has great potential to drive discourse and to look at facts from different sides,” enthuses Katharina Held (22), who has already acquired economic foundations during her media and communication studies. With the necessary discipline it was no problem for her, as well as for Jonas, to catch up on the material within a very short time.

Tamara Strietz can not say anything about the learning curve. Her non-consecutive Master at the International School of Management (ISM) does not start until the summer semester. Originally, the 24-year-old studied Japanese Studies, but with her it was not a direct change of heart: “I wanted to study business administration as a minor subject, but was not admitted.” With the master, she wants to get closer to her career goal “project manager or sales manager for a English company in the Asian market”. Disadvantages in the application she feared no. Katharina is even more optimistic: “It’s absolutely awesome to gain in-depth knowledge in two disciplines, which is my unique selling point.”

It’s all about the industry

But how do HR professionals see that? The question of whether they do not think they have “nothing half whole and nothing” studied Jonas, which is why he asked two lecturers, including the former Director of Personnel Marketing of Deutsche Post DHL, “Both said that It’s not a problem, as long as you have good grades and have one or the other convincing internship certificate. “

Matt Molina-Pethers, European Talent Acquisition Manager at Enterprise (www.enterprisealive.com), does not even see it that close: “From year to year, we find out that there is little connection between what somebody does – and with what result – has studied, and actual development as a leader. ” That’s why we welcome graduates with all study backgrounds at the car rental.

Susanne Dusel, Head of Career Services at the IUBH, knows that a relaxed attitude is not (yet) displayed in all industries: “Unlike in consulting, for example, it applies to many positions – above all in HR or finance Field – still very important to have taken a consecutive path. ” Overall, she considers the job opportunities for humanities graduates followed by a master’s degree in management to be very good.

Part time Master: By the way

Part time Master: By the way

Under what circumstances is the 50 percent study eligible?

Study the Master part-time – a necessity for some, a welcome alternative for others. UNICUM explains what to look for.

Part-time study – not uncommon

In the winter semester 2013/2014 there were officially 170,000 students in Europe who did not complete their studies full-time. Unofficially, however, many more aspiring academics at the university take time to brake. According to the 20th Social Survey of the English Student Union (2012), more than one in five full-time students is de facto studying part-time. For example, there are financial, family or health reasons.

“Anyone who studied earlier was nothing more than a student – all in full time – today, for many, studying is no longer the only focus of life,” explains Frank Ziegele, Managing Director of the Center for Higher Education Development (CHE).

“Not just half the power or twice the time”

Dorothee Fricke from the nexus project of the English Rectors’ Conference (HRK) also confirms that more and more young people are unable or unwilling to study full-time. “There is a great demand for individualisation and flexibility of study.” According to Fricke, universities are increasingly recognizing this need but are still not always creative in designing part-time work. “A part-time study does not just mean half performance or twice the time,” says the expert. It encourages students to find individual solutions with their universities, many of them are quite willing to do so.

More master’s than bachelor’s offers

According to CHE, the proportion of part-time courses offered by Master’s programs is 13 percent higher overall than that of Bachelor’s programs, at 9 percent. “Particularly in the field of extra-occupational Master’s courses, the offers are more varied and the models sometimes highly flexible,” says Frank Ziegele.

In 2015, there were 687 part-time jobs in the HRK Higher Education Compass of 8,217 Masters Degree Programs. Ascending trend. “With courses in the evenings and at weekends or online lectures, many degree courses are clearly adapted to their target group, and further education masters even explicitly require work experience,” says Dorothee Fricke.

Do not unlearn learning

Especially for graduates who want to gain work experience and earn money after completing their Bachelor’s degree, an extra-occupational master’s program is suitable, either directly afterwards or after a few years at work. However, as with the Bachelor, dual study programs and distance learning are also possible.

However, studying next to a job or other duties because of the double burden is not an easy thing. “You have to have your head free if you want to combine work and study,” says Thomas Klose, student advisor at the University of Jena and member of GIBeT, the umbrella organization for student advisors. Good time management is just as important as the ability to motivate for a long time.

“Returnees” also need to re-learn university learning: “I often find that students who return for their masters after years of learning have difficulty having to memorize exams,” says Klose.

BAföG does not exist

When it comes to study funding, part-time studies can be different. Those who do not earn the big money next to their studies need to remember that, for example, there is no BAföG. “This will only finance a degree course that is officially completed full-time,” explains Nicolai Preuße, Head of the Student Finance Department at Deutsches Studentenwerk. A part-time study is generally not eligible. “This ultimately forces you into unofficial part-time studies, which may then look bad in the resume,” says Frank Ziegele.

With the child allowance however there is no difference. “Important for the claim is basically the student status, the age and that you do not work more than 20 hours per week,” said Preuße. He points out, however, that one must generally check whether one is still entitled to child benefit in the master.