The Quickstart Sachsen+ lighthouse project is aimed at students who are thinking about dropping out or who have already dropped out of their studies, as well as at companies that want to make use of the potential of dropouts. Our network supports dropouts in different phases and shows them ways to get there.
Dropouts often feel like failures. But life is colorful.
Dropping out of college is perfectly normal today.
29% of those who start studying in Germany end up dropping out without a degree. That’s one in three to one in four students.
The skills acquired during studies are very valuable for the job market, even if they did not lead to a degree in the end.
Studies by the German Center for Higher Education and Science Research (DZHW) show that dropping out is not uncommon. According to this study, the dropout rate for bachelor’s degree programs across Germany is 29% on average.
In STEM degree programs, the dropout rate is even significantly higher. However, engineering has significantly increased its dropout rate in recent years and is now almost on par with law, economics, and social sciences, which have an average dropout rate of 30%, at 32%.
In Saxony, a total of 44.3% of all students study in STEM programs, which is significantly higher than the national average. Conversely, the number of unfilled training positions for scientific or technically oriented occupations is high.
There is no “one way” in career development. What at first seems like a detour may later turn out to be a stroke of luck. We provide orientation.
Nine Saxon universities, employment agencies, counseling institutions, and chambers of commerce (such as the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Chamber of Crafts, and the Chambers of Liberal Professions) have joined forces to support students who have lost hope in their studies or who have dropped out of university in their search for their own personal career prospects.
As a lighthouse project in Saxony, we bundle offers, experiences and information from all Saxon regions for students who are in doubt about their future studies and dropouts, as well as for companies.