Feel like a mechanical engineer

Self-test: Is the Bachelor's degree in “Mechanical Engineering FH / Mechanical Engineering FH” right for me?


Before you want to register for a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering / mechanical engineering, you should be convinced that you really enjoy working in engineering and the machine industry. You should also be enthusiastic about the content of the course. If you are unsure about these questions, you should consider which other courses of study are also suitable for you. You received several suggestions in the individual evaluations of your answers.

If you do not meet the admission requirements because you have an apprenticeship qualification without a professional baccalaureate, it is best to find out about your options at one of the providers of professional baccalaureate courses. You can find some schools at www.ausbildung-weiterbildung.ch under professional maturity. And if a technical or commercial vocational baccalaureate is not possible with your learned profession, you can find out about the possibility of admission studies at the university of applied sciences. This allows you to catch up on the missing subject matter in mathematical and technical subjects under certain circumstances.

Financing a degree is not always easy. Spread over 3-4 years, several thousand francs have to be raised to finance living expenses, tuition fees and possibly living at the place of study. If your private financing options are not sufficient and you cannot get a scholarship, there is still an attempt to get training contributions from a foundation. If that is not enough to finance the training alone, it is sometimes possible to get a loan in a private environment. Some banks and credit institutions also offer educational loans. A good argument in favor of financing further training is the relatively quick amortization of costs through wage increases. According to our course and course evaluations (see http://www.ausbildung-weiterbildung.ch/Lehrgangsrating.aspx) the majority of course graduates receive a federal diploma. Conclusion within 1-2 years of a wage increase. Do the following math: How much would a 10% wage increase per year be? How many years do you need to recoup the costs for the course? How much more do you earn over your entire professional life as a result of this wage increase? Most of the time this is a six-figure amount which confirms that the training or further education is the best personal investment there is.

Another possibility would be that you choose a part-time variant of the course. This enables you to continue to work for a living while you are studying.

The time required to study at a university of applied sciences should not be underestimated. Going out, holidays and spontaneous wellness weekends often fall by the wayside. However, this time usually goes by relatively quickly. The prospect of better job opportunities and more wages should be enough motivation to get through this period. It often helps to organize yourself in study groups. It also makes sense to stick with it right from the start and plan fixed learning times. Good learning effects can be achieved by creating summaries and mind maps. Flash card systems help you memorize. There are many tools and ideas out there to make learning easier. You will receive the advisor “The personal learning strategy” free of charge if you register with a school via Bildung-Weiterbildung.ch.

If you doubt whether you will pass the final exam, you can count on the fact that every school has an interest in getting as many of your students as possible to pass the final exams. Talk to your school principal or the person responsible for the course and ask about support options. But with good motivation, perseverance and diligence, it is basically possible to pass these exams. If you suffer from exam anxiety, good preparation, various practical tips, therapeutic treatments or, in serious cases, even medication can help. You will receive the advisor “Overcoming exam anxiety” when you register with a school via Training-Weiterbildung.ch.

The benefits of further training are usually measured in terms of higher wages, more demanding tasks or promotions. This assumes that you make an effort to change your professional position accordingly and, if necessary, that you can enforce your demands. If you have already made the experience that this is not always so easy for you, you could also check whether personal job coaching could be of use to you in addition to further training.

So now the decision is yours. If in doubt, seek personal advice from a school or external advice center. If you order course documents from a school via www.ausbildung-weiterbildung.ch, you will receive free educational or school advice worth CHF 150.00 on request.

A list of providers can be found here: Mechanical Engineering Bachelor (FH)

We wish you all the best, both professionally and privately, and a wonderful and exciting future!

The training-continuing education team c