What factors determine the duration of our studies?

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The duration of our studies is generally determined by different factors that we do not take into consideration from the very beginning. It can either be anticipated or depend on our education process.

Young people and professionals know that many training courses are available in case they wish to acquire specific skills once they have left university but they should also be aware of the link that exists between successful career beginnings and a professional life that meets their expectations. They tend to think “I will still have the opportunity to get training later”. Besides, some have been tired of school for several years already.

More than one element can influence the duration of our studies either in an independent or complementary way.

The first one regards what young people have set for their future (financial flexibility, making a living out of his/her job, having responsibilities or a status,…) which leads them to anticipate the duration of their studies in order to reach their desired career in a specific field. For example they know they will have to study 6 years to become a doctor and only 3 to become a teacher.

On the other hand, the family does not have a direct impact on the duration, but it influences the choice in an open or implicit way. It’ll also depend on the family’s financial means. For some, the family will naturally pay for their education; this question doesn’t even arise in their minds. For others, they will either have to work or to find scholarships. Therefore, the duration can depend on the available financial resources.

Finally, the planning of the studies also has an impact. Existing conversion courses allow students to finish their studies faster if they manage to obtain an equivalent or an intermediate degree, thus the duration may vary.

For example, a student may decide to finish his/her studies at an intermediary level, after a bachelor’s degree, thanks to the Bologna process.

Our Personalised Career Guidance process in 6 sessions includes the duration factor when it comes to making studies and career choices. It will help you consider these questions following three key elements: (1) self-knowledge, (2) external world (studies and careers), and (3) the decision-making process.

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