I become aware of my own interests and abilities by:
talking with family, friends and acquaintances
taking self-assessment tests
reflecting on personal achievements
and by articulating and writing down my short- and long-term goals.
In short: Write down personal goals and ideas.
Step 2 - What degree programs are even available?
I read through databases and course offerings in order to get an overview of general information about ALL degree programs. I also have the opportunity to attend information fairs about the various degree programs.
Step 3 - Which degree programs would I even consider?
I compare all the listed degree programs on the basis of their general orientation and description without concrete, detailed knowledge of them and compare this information with my own desires and personal goals as recorded in step 1.
In short: First ROUGH selection on the basis of the databases and overviews of degree programs.
Step 4 - Which programs would I really consider now, on the basis of more detailed knowledge?
What are the contents of the degree programs chosen in the first, rough selection?
I enquire about application deadlines, the application process and required documentation. Of course, I also consider my criteria for location (social and cutural environment, sports and free-time opportunities, etc.)
In short: Having considered all specific circumstances, apply to my chosen university.
This overview is only intended as a recommendation. We have consciously abstained from indicating specific timeframes for the individual steps, since these can vary widely in each case. In many cases the steps are interchangeable. Don't forget: Making a decision can take a long time. Should you need to plan for additional aptitude tests, keep in mind that such tests must often be completed long before the application deadline.
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