Published on June 16, 2016 | Choosing a Career| Interviews
What You Wish You Knew Before Choosing Your Career: Episode 1
Choosing what to study plays a pivotal role in one’s life as it paves out the career path. It could be an easy decision for those who pick their destination early on in their lives. But for most of the students, it’s a cocktail of confusion, pressure and apprehension, loaded generously with advices and counselling coming in from people close and distant.
To understand their methodologies in choosing their career path and preventing others from repeating the mistakes they made for themselves, we interviewed professionals who reflected back on their career decisions. This short video is aimed at helping the students of Class 11th and 12th to make their career decisions wisely.
Our interactions with numerous students and professionals only cemented our speculation that most of the students don’t choose their career paths for themselves and are led on by others initially. This needs to change.
Why A Change is Necessary
- It’s Your Journey, Not Theirs: Depending on others to decide what you are going to do for the lion’s share of your life is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Agreed that being green behind the ears, one needs support and guidance navigating through tricky lanes of career options and their job related aspects. But it should be limited to support and guidance and not encroach upon one’s own individuality.
- Advices are Subjective: People you seek counsel from can only advise on the basis of what they have heard others talk, their own experiences which are singular to them and don’t apply to you or, popular career trends of the time. Seldom do they gauge your aspirations, inspirations and skills against the advice they give out.
- Implications on individuals: Once you take up a career chosen by someone else, you start to feel the chill wind of not picking a career for yourself and it’s already too late to go back. The only way to mend it is by switching careers, which is a hard nut to crack in terms of opportunities, salaries and your own inhibitions. It also means that the time and money already spent towards building your career till that point goes into drain.
- Implications on society: This all has led to a society that on one hand swears by some of the careers and on the other, gives no heed whatsoever to other careers. Students being pushed into the so-called “foolproof” careers often have to overlook their own individuality and fit into one-for-all molds, sometimes resulting into depression and suicide. The mass career culture also results in deteriorating quality of graduates, which neither helps them nor the industry that seeks better employees.
A Quick Guide to Choosing Your Career Path
- List out all the career paths which interest you.
- Reach out to the professionals working in the fields of your choice and seek information regarding the job prospects, job roles, respective salaries, job hours, industry, emerging trends as well as the required skill sets, courses, qualification criteria and/for relevant exams.
- Once you have all the information, pick a career path that you identify the most with, considering your interests, aptitude and motivations.
A decision as defining as picking a career is not supposed to be easy. Letting others take the decision for you might simplify it in the beginning but the moment you realize you don’t identify with, it turns into a quicksand.
Are you a student making a career decision or a professional who has had an interesting story to share? What are the factors you considered? Share it with us in the comments below.