Once upon a time, higher education was synonymous with social prestige. Times, however, have changed and today's higher education become a natural course of things for the broad mass of secondary school graduates. From everywhere they collect convincing voices that without a university diploma they are deprived of any chance on the labour market. A young student hearing this type of slogan over and over again feels pressure to go to college. It does not matter if it suits their predispositions, interests and possibilities of adjusting to the labour market. How not to get lost and choose the major wisely?

Technical, humanistic or science majors?

A confused secondary school graduate, if he or she cannot deal with mathematics (and at best is an average), chooses a humanistic or social major, hoping that he or she will not have to struggle as much as he or she would studying technical or science major. The malicious claim that it is the group which constitues the main core of so-called ''the highly educated unemployed'. After all, does our economy need as many psychologists, political scientists, journalists, philosophers, cultural experts etc.? Unfortunately, the labour market is not made of rubber and will not adapt to the number of graduates of both the state and private universities. What can be done if you do not have a concept of yourself, but still want a university education? Until recently, you could choose the direction you wanted and take advantage of the government program that provided students with financial support. How did it look like?

In order to increase the number of potential employees in the key sectors for the development of the Polish economy, the government of our country came up with the idea of ​​introducing so-called "ordered trends." This was to encourage graduates to choose technical, mathematical and science majors. What was the proverbial "carrot" that attracted a young man? First of all, ( a trivial thing) money. So-called motivational scholarships for the best students amounting to PLN 1000 per month, were often available in the first year for the results achieved at the secondary school-leaving examination. In addition, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education co-financed directly the universities, so that these could help students who had problems with science subjests. For that purpose, funds were allocated for equalizing courses, scientific camps, didactic classes conducted by eminent specialists from various fields, etc. There were also talks about broad perspectives awaiting graduates of exact majors. Candidates were promised high salaries and the possibility of fast (and certainly faster than after humanities) entry into the labour market.

Unfortunately, the program of commissioned majors was widely criticized by both politicians and employers as well as representatives of the academic community. It was accused of the fact that the list of "majors co-financed from the budget" was detached from reality, created without an in-depth analysis of the labour market in the long-term perspective, etc. Effect? The Program of ordered trends has been terminated, and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education has developed a new program, which is based on shaping specific skills among students.

Analyzing labour market while choosing a major

What is left to a confused student, then? Choose the field of study based on the analysis of the labor market, your own abilities and interests, and the shape of the curriculum offered by a particular university. Do not be fooled by the same-sounding name - pay special attention to the number of practical classes (exercises, laboratories, etc.).

It is worth noting at the end that the humanities also give a lot of satisfaction and help in finding an interesting and well-paid job after graduation. However, choosing such a direction, you need to know the answers to two questions:

  1. What are you doing it for?
  2. Why are you here?

If you choose a humanistic or social major with no specific purpose, you will be gone in the sea of average humanists at the labour market's disposal.. You do not want it, do you? Remember: "Everyone is the architect of his own fate," says the old adage. It is up to you how to shape your future. You will act according to your own possibilities and interests or will you simply follow the crowd or current fashion? Decide for yourself...