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How to change careers and specialize in your passion

How can I change careers? Suppose you choose a certain university degree and, for various reasons, you discover that it does not motivate you. What can you do about it?

Today from UIE we give you all the keys so that changing careers is not a trauma.

Is changing careers a realistic option?

Not only is it an option, but it’s a much more common situation than you might imagine. According to data from the Ministry of Education, 1 in 5 students change careers in the first year.

It is not surprising, since the first year of university is in which you face a series of emotions and organizational changes that, added to the fact that perhaps the subject is not as you expected, can produce a severe demotivation.

It’s a natural process. Students feel that they may not be able to keep up, understand the subjects, organize themselves properly and, above all, not meet their own expectations. Moreover, there are students who even choose to drop out permanently (4 out of 10 students drop out during the first year).

In this context, the different training centers have the obligation to provide the necessary tools so that it is possible to change careers without involving a traumatic situation for the student.

Changing careers at UIE

In the case of UIE, our model allows you to change careers the first year and keep 100% of the credits if the new specialty is of the same branch. If the branch is different, you can keep 70% of the credits.

What are the careers that generate more demotivation?

In principle, the careers with the highest dropout rate are those related to technical and scientific degrees (according to data from the BBVA Foundation).

The fact that there is a higher rate depending on the specialization, encourages us to think that students need a correct pre-university orientation and sometimes it is deficient. For example, many engineering degrees require a low admission grade, therefore creating false expectations regarding the difficulty of the degree. Such situations would be avoided with proper guidance.

However, dropout does not occur with the same intensity in all universities. Does this mean that the teaching and learning model has an impact on this aspect? Without a doubt, it is an influential factor. Otherwise, the dropout and exchange rate would remain the same in all schools.

How to change careers?

In principle, experts advise not to rush when choosing: calmly analyze academic offers.

You may not have planned well or the teaching model may not be suitable for your needs. This situation usually occurs when the demotivation is caused by obtaining bad grades. In that case, you may simply have to consider changing centers without having to give up the specialty you raised from the beginning.

However, in case you are clear that you want to change careers, it is recommended that you follow a series of guidelines:

  • Take your time. Pause.
  • Look at your personal qualities and your vocation.
  • Contact the student service of the center.
  • Talk to a counselor.

What is the ideal learning model to avoid demotivation?

At UIE we keep in mind the reasons that drive you to change careers. We are aware that training must advance as the trends demanded by society advance. Innovative solutions must be proposed.

The first year is usually critical. The student faces many challenges, so it is necessary to provide constant accompaniment to the student and create an ecosystem in which they feel comfortable. We achieve all this through:

  • A method of continuous assessment, without final exams: encouraging attention in the day to day so that you feel genuine learning.
  • Flexibility: in addition to face-to-face campuses in A Coruña and Vigo, you have at your disposal a virtual campus so you can complete your training with virtual formats.
  • Quality in teaching: you will be trained with active professionals to understand and solve the problems they face in their day to day.
  • Small groups: with the aim that you have the greatest possible attention and you are supported by the center.
  • Participation: true learning must be active. In this way you will see that what you learn is useful and will help you to settle well the knowledge you acquire.
  • Breadth of views: you need to enrich your knowledge with different approaches. Therefore, you will share classrooms with other students who study different branches.
  • Tutorials and mentoring: any problem, doubt or concern must be resolved as soon as possible to prevent you from falling into demotivation.
  • Autonomy: we encourage you to be able to innovate yourself. You will become a “nomad of knowledge”.
  • Internships: we do not conceive a training model without obtaining work experience and that the student proves that he is able to overcome the daily challenges that arise in the world of work.
  • Facilities for change: as we have said before, if you finally decide to change careers (which, as we have also seen, is quite common), you will have all the facilities at your fingertips, keeping credits.

You can contact the UIE to discover our degrees and master´s degrees, whether you want to start from scratch or if you want to complete your training to achieve greater employability possibilities.

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