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.