Published on March 3, 2016 | Choosing a Career
Career Decisions: Lack of Information might blow you away!
Choosing a field of study is one of the toughest career decisions you’ll ever make. It’s the first rung on the ladder to your career and the first step onto a career path. Now you might argue that you didn’t pick your field of study with a career in mind. However, your decision has narrowed down the horizon significantly much as compared to before. There’s no need to panic though. There is still a lot of time before you actually decide on which career ladder you’d like to climb. And, with the advancements that are taking place in every industry thousands of job profiles and corresponding courses are being created, which would aid you in choosing a career that you may thrive in.
For instance, a student pursuing computer science need not be employed only as a programmer. The applications of knowledge of computer science and code are extremely diverse nowadays, such as analytics, testing, support, research, etc. Identifying the strengths and interests at an early stage motivates students to focus more on those subjects that will help them excel in their profession.
The earlier you start climbing the ladder to your profession the farther high up you can climb.
However, today, as many as 98% of professionals are in an occupation different from what they had been or thought that they would be in when they were 18. The major reason, narrowmindedness and the limited idea knowledge about various fields of careers.
After working for 3-4 years professionals realize that they aren’t cut out for that nature of work and seek to leave. Citing lack of aptitude and interest for what they were doing so far. And hence yearn to switch career paths. But making a career switch later in life is although not impossible it is however extremely difficult, due to which most of these professionals continue in their current line of work accumulating job dissatisfaction.
Career decision – Are you asking the right questions?
If not then you’ll always get the wrong answer.
Usually, for career advice, students turn to their parents, relatives, friends and counsellors, who mean well but are restricted to their dearth of knowledge may not have a wider pool of knowledge on the various possible career paths. Moreover, their career advice and recommendations might not weigh in interests and aptitude but rather security and stability. When in fact every career is subject to industrial and labour market needs and requirements. No career stands out as more secure or stable than others. It is just the skillset of the careers that vary. In most of the cases, career advice from kin and immediate peer groups turn out to be biased and opinionated. Yes, perhaps nobody knows you better than your parents or friends do but keep in mind they answer the question “what is the best possible career” in general and not the question what would be the best possible career for you. Most students blindly follow these recommendations and choose one from a few course options laid out for them instead of making an informed decision.
Aptitude & Interest – A Balancing Act
When it comes to choosing a rewarding career path, there are two very important factors that need to be analyzed:
Being compelled to take up a career which the student has the aptitude for, will not be sufficient. The student also needs to find it interesting, so as to be self-motivated. It holds true the other way round as well.
For example, students might be influenced by great programmers and would be keen on becoming the next Zuckerberg, but their innate talents might not be suited to the necessities of coding. Hence, it is highly advised to choose a career that can leverage both interest and aptitude.
For a career path to be rewarding and fulfilling, it needs to be a 2-way match for the student. The sooner they identify this, the easier it will be for them to deploy their time and effort towards a unified goal.
Although this is the ideal way to go about choosing a career path, even the students who are aware of this don’t have access to such extensive information when they are 18. Even if they did, it is practically challenging and time-consuming to weigh each and every option for the interest-aptitude balance. Additionally working professionals who seek to make a career change cannot afford to take out so much time from their professional lives to cater to this extensive process.
How does Navigus bridge Career Decision gap?
Navigus addresses this problem of ‘career decision’ uniquely and subjectively. We help students identify their inclinations, aptitude, attitude, interests and motivations (among numerous parameters) through a specific neural network model that uses artificial intelligence to accurately suggest a career that is much likely to be a right fit for them. This not only helps the student to narrow down a few highly-specific career paths but also ensure a rewarding and fulfilling career in future.