By choosing a particular field of study, you primarily develop competencies (knowledge and skills) in a specific discipline. When you are competent (read ‘good at’) in an activity that companies need, then you are able to collect a salary to do this activity.

But it is not because you are good at something that it brings you fulfilment. After all, success is not the same as fulfilment. Only when your competency utilises your WORKing talents will you feel that working with this competency brings you energy and comes naturally to you.

Sometimes, when picking a field of study, young people (and their parents) attach too much importance to the market value of the diploma. While the key question should be: Is there a good match between the competencies that I will acquire with this field of study and my WORKing talents? And is there a good match between the jobs that I can do with this diploma and my WORKing talents?

Of course, the attention to the match with your WORKing talents may not blind you to other important factors, such as the required physical and/or intellectual capacities (IQ). But one thing is certain. When you make a choice that is aligned with your WORKing talents, you will be sure to get the best out of yourself. There are innumerable examples of young people who achieve results with less intellectual capacity than their peers due to their having chosen a fitting field of study.

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