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  1. I suspect that you are under the influence of the stereotype that your grandmothers introduced to your parents, and they, accordingly, did not rethink it critically, but conveyed it to you: that your choice of education now will determine what you will do for the rest of your life. Fortunately, this has long been incorrect. In the Soviet Union, and indeed in any society of the twentieth century, a person really became, for example, an engineer and then all his life did the same calculations in the same design bureau. Life then changed slowly, knowledge became obsolete slowly. But life is changing faster and faster, knowledge becomes obsolete instantly, you still have to study all your life, old professions disappear, new ones appear, life itself lasts longer, and the probability that you are now defining an occupation for the next half-century is still extremely small. This may be true in the case of a very labor-intensive medical education (it's a shame to give up what was given so hard), but all other people easily migrate from one profession to another, related and not so much. So first of all, exhale. The importance of choosing an education is great, but much less than it seems to your grandmother. Education only determines which two dozen out of hundreds of possible professions will be easier for you to enter in five years, and not what your fate will be for the rest of your life.

    Given this fact, when choosing an education, it makes sense to take into account two things:
    a) how much you are interested in this field, how likely it is that you will not climb the wall out of boredom for the next five years, but get some pleasure and joy from lectures.
    b) how useful these skills will be to you in building your career.

    You can monetize more or less anything, any skill and any area of human knowledge, if you really like it and you are ready to do it a lot and become a good specialist. For example, I like to tell stories about biology, and I've always loved it, and for the last ten years I've been making quite a successful living doing it. Although, of course, there was a lot of despair, because at the biofactory faculty where I studied, because the lectures were interesting, it was assumed that all its graduates would become scientists, for which I was completely unprepared (and I continue to be unprepared, but only now I already know that there are alternative options).�

    If you are not interested in anything at all yet so much as to think about it as a future profession, then you can either really not go to study yet and try different things (but this is a controversial path, since it may be more difficult for some people to return to university as they grow up, and this is in principle quite a useful experience), or go to study something that is obviously useful in about any profession. For example, languages. Or programming.

  2. Here's a look at how the mental stereotype works.�

    You wrote the phrase “Who should I apply for after school”. The phrase is absolutely meaningless from a linguistic point of view – schizophasia in its purest form. But the mind of everyone who read you (including mine) instantly “completed” the construction to a meaningful one: “How to choose a university?”

    This is due to the presence of persistent stereotypes in the modern information environment:

    1. You need to enter a university.

    2. Everyone should enter the university.

    3. Everyone should enter the university after school.

    All these stereotypes are wrong.�

    You don't have to enter a university: there are a huge number of options for building a successful and joyful life without finishing it.

    Only people who have an aptitude for scientific work and plan to continue their scientific and practical activities in graduate school and beyond should enter the university. For those who just want to get a profession – secondary schools.

    You should only enter the university when you have a conscious understanding of the two previous points. This rarely happens right after school.

  3. And after school, you don't have to go anywhere. You should apply when you want to get a higher or secondary special education. The institute is not a mandatory continuation of school, but a higher level for those who really need it.

  4. At the time, I didn't know where to run either. But there was no question of doing or not doing it: the whole family was educated. Yes, and I myself understood that if you go to work, you probably won't want to go back to university.

    My mother is an economist. My brother advises polytech, physics, engineering (well, find a husband there :).
    I chose the university that has the best chance of getting on the budget. As a result, I entered the prestigious and somewhat pretentious HSE (Higher School of Economics) faculty of Management.

    Not a very prestigious faculty, but what a student life I have!!!! She had time to study and go to camps (she became a counselor, went to Orlyonok). I am very grateful to my native HSE.

    Honestly, we were all joking at first: “You don't know who to be, so you learn to be nobody.” But everything changed when at the end of the 2nd year we were assigned to departments. And, thank the universe, I got into marketing. Very interesting and applicable to life.

    While I was practicing in the learning process, I realized what areas I definitely don't want to do. It was like an interview. Now I have been working in my specialty for more than a year and I am very happy.

    At our university, the issue of a master's degree was very acute. Previously, they studied for 5 years, and now they have completed a “bachelor's degree” for 4 years and a master's degree for 2 years. They say that employers do not trust undergraduates, and they grab undergraduates with their hands. And when you reach a certain position, you may not be allowed to go further if you don't have a master's degree.

    In my direction, the master's degree program in my city is weak. So I went to work after my bachelor's degree. I think that if you are a cool specialist, they will take you without any education. But, of course, there are professions where it is very difficult without education (genetics, physics, chemistry, etc.)

    If you need a “crust” – I'll finish the evening. If I want to continue to connect my life with this profession , I will go to study in Moscow/St. Petersburg, where education is much higher. At least in relation to our university.

    In general, they say, you need to change your profession�every 5 years. Therefore, I advise you to go to study where there is a good student life and a developing industry (IT, ecology, for example).

    At uni, the main thing is to get the necessary connections and gain experience on part-time jobs. “Test” your adult life, so to speak. While still getting away with everything and no need to feed a family of 6 people 🙂

    In connection with my specialty, I collect interesting materials on construction in the Telegram channel https://t.me/stroymarketing Join us if you are interested

  5. At this age, it is often very difficult to answer the question of what you want to do for the rest of your life, and even more confusing is the pressure from parents and teachers.

    Nevertheless, the choice of specialty should be approached responsibly. First of all, you need to start from your inclinations and preferences, think about what exactly you are good at and what kind of work you could do effectively. If there are no considerations, you can see which professions are most in demand now or will be in demand in the future, and take career guidance tests. It is necessary to thoroughly familiarize yourself with potential professions, communicate with representatives of these professions (on the same forums, for example, or ask a question here on TQ), ideally, if possible, observe the work process firsthand, read various articles that talk in detail about the prospects, possible difficulties and advantages. You can also read the description of academic programs on the websites of universities, find out how the educational process goes and what disciplines are included in the course program, and learn more about what they are.

    This may not give a direct answer to the question, but it will provide some clarity, give an idea of the specialties and help narrow down the choice.

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