Career choice is a difficult task. Both students, who wish to choose a career and their parents, are often anxious about career decisions. The major hurdles in the process are pressures from self, parents, peers and others; tough competition; severe lack of career and self awareness, and common myths about careers. As a result of this, many students end up making wrong career choices only to regret it later. Following are the most common “bad” reasons to choose a career. DON’T CHOOSE A CAREER BECAUSE
- YOUR PARENTS TOLD YOU TO DO IT
Your parents are not always right! They know you, but do they really know the current career market and trends out there? They belong to a different era, with very few options, even lesser opportunities and hardly any competition. While it would be a good idea to take their opinions into consideration while making your decision, they may not be aware of the new career trends to guide you properly.
- SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS SUCCESSFUL IN IT & STRONGLY RECOMMENDS IT
Career success doesn’t come in ‘get one free’ offer! Just because something worked out for them doesn’t mean it will work for you too! Just because Sachin Tendulkar says that there’s a lot of scope in cricket, does not guarantee that you will be equally successful!
- MOST OF YOUR FRIENDS ARE DOING IT
Many years ago, the world believed the earth is flat. Just because most people think it or do it does not mean that it’s the right or the best thing to do, is it? If the only reason that you chose a certain career is that your friends are opting for it and you want to avoid the FOMO, you need to rethink this decision of yours.
- YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN
“Take Science and keep your options open just in case you want to shift to Commerce or Arts in the future”. Limiting yourself to a subject or a particular field could prove to be risky. However, by doing this, disinterest, lack of drive to study, low motivation, etc would result in a lower percentage and decreased self esteem. Rather, getting the right guidance and identifying careers that are suitable to your interest would prove to be more beneficial.
- IT IS ACCEPTED & RESPECTED IN THE SOCIETY
More traditional members of the society believe that few careers are more ‘prestigious’ and stable in nature. This belief is passed on to the younger generations who then tend to opt for these options disregarding their interest and level of skill. This may not necessarily work in their favor.
- IT IS SECURE
‘Job Security’ is most often ranked among the top qualities one looks for in a job. Knowing the possible security a particular profession provides is a major reason for choosing it. However, it is not enough! Besides, jobs rarely come with guarantee cards!
- IT WILL GIVE YOU RESPECT AND MONEY
“If you become a doctor, people will respect you.” This statement surely does follow several careers however, it is important to realize that respect is not always equal to happiness. Choosing a field solely for the reason that it offers more prestige does not guarantee satisfaction.
- YOU DON’T KNOW OTHER OPTIONS EXIST!
With the plethora of options available today, it is difficult to be aware of every career choice available in the job market. We tend to explore something safe and secure with proof that others have succeeded in it. For this reason, we refrain from even looking at other options. This lack of knowledge can hamper our career path. You never know, you could find something tailor-made for you; all you need to do is look!
- YOUR SUCCESS IN THIS FIELD WAS PREDICTED BY PSEUDOSCIENTISTS
Astrologers, palmists, pandits, do give opinions based on your stars and planets. Their suggestions and observations are not set in stone. Remember, you can make your own choices for a desired future solely depending on your likes and preferences.
- YOU ARE SCARED TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT
Career is something that involves risk taking & decision making. Any & every career has both positive & negative outcomes. The real trick is to decide, which negatives for you personally, are worth putting up with for the positives of the career.
Specially, don’t choose a career with doubts in your mind.