Tuesday, 02 September 2014
And now… what should I study???
Some children have very clear what their vocation should be, but some people never get to be clear that they want to be "when they grow up."
The first will continue the career of their dreams, if they meet the prerequisites and the economy allows it. The second end submerged in a sea of doubts. Especially in times of crisis, experts advise students to choose what to study guided by their vocation. But the truth is that the current economic reality increasingly pushes the student to choosing their future career.
If the most important thing for you is to have good options for employment, the best decision according to the experts are "general careers" and enrich these with the addition of some language and possibly adding some international experience, including graduate degrees in abroad. This would be the perfect combination, according to reports on careers with more employability.
As for which careers offer more employment opportunities, there are two clear leaders: Business Administration (ADE) and Industrial Engineering.
Two careers that we can call as “classics” remain as the ones that got the most chances of employability, beyond the evident changes that are suffering the economical and industrial areas.
“It’s not really surprising that it’s that way, since careers such as Business Administration (ADE or Industrial Engineering give a global vision of a lot of areas of businesses”, explains Miguel Ángel Pérez, Adecco Professional consultant, the branch of this company that takes care of the selection for the most solicited positions.
"Companies want these graduates because they want them to arrive with a very general idea of the company to facilitate the development in one or more of the areas in which the company will need in the future," says the consultant.
The "multipurpose" professionals are most sought after, the sector that recruits more graduates generalist is services, by the way is the sector that has most jobs offers for universities in Spain and which generates 80% of the activity of country, followed by the industrial sector and IT.
While they have reduced job offers from other engineering subjects, the Informatics, for example, continue to grow for years. Also, in this time of crisis, they ask a lot of commercial IT tools because in the end are those that provide productivity enhancements and enable cost reduction.
“When picking careers the first thing that has to come to mind is to look what you like, but also if you’re good at it, and if you visualize yourself doing it as a job. Other issue that has to be considered is the cost of what you want to do, that meaning the economical costs and the effort required”,says Beatriz González, Career director of the IE University. Gonzalez says that the careers that remain on demand are Business Administration (ADE), Law and Biosanitary Studies.
Also Foreign Relations, Engineering and Architecture, in some universities in the USA, are among the most requested.
"The career choice is a complex and full of nuances issue , which is neither black nor white," says Cristina Olabarría, Director of Admissions at ESADE Business School.
Finding the balance between what you wish to study and finding a profession with good job opportunities is of a vital importance. Having in mind the actual economical situation, you can’t ignore looking for job opportunities in the field, but you have to be clear about the decisions you make, since they will have an impact on the future, since you are going to spend big amounts of time to study and then follow that career.
Director of Admissions at ESADE says that while "more traditional careers as business administration or Law may have reputation of boring, in fact, general studies are used to settle the head and have outputs more classic and modern. The same applies to engineering, but if you combine them, for example, with an MBA you will obtain the technical information and a closer look to the company, that complements what you’ve learnt”.
The ideal is to study a career and work for a while before getting a graduate degree
Before a degree was the completion of studies. Now, if you don't do a postgraduate it's believed that you will have difficulties to enter the labor market. It is a belief that is in the air. "However, I disagree, I think that after the degree is better to work in what has been studied and subsequently make a graduate", considers Daniel Sierra, academic director of the Barcelona School of Management at the University Pompeu Fabra.
Among the graduate programs being the most successful is Video game creation
One of the courses he has "a brutal success," says Daniel Sierra, is Masters Degree in Video Game Design of Pompeu Fabra. “They aren’t only sitting in front of a screen, they also have literature classes, history (because they have to learn to create interesting contents), Project management, commercialization and branding (how to create a brand and how to give it value).Graduate formation points towards in that direction, on people knowing more of everything. Before, masters were really specialized, now it’s sought that students become versatile, that they can adapt to every situation they get presented, once at the labor market”.
According to Adecco, the 20 most demanded university careers in Spain are:
1. Business Administration
2. Technical Industrial Engineer
3. Industrial Engineer
4. Computer Engineer
5. Business Studies
8. Technical Computer Engineer
9. Telecommunications Engineer
10. Labor Relations
11. Marketing and Market Research
15. Engineering in Automation and Industrial Electricity
16. Technical Telecommunications Engineer
18. Industrial Organisation Engineering
20. Electronic Engineering