We can all agree that the single most dreadful moment in our lives is when we are asked to make the choice of career. Most of us are led to believe that this decision will stick for the rest of our lives, so making a choice becomes even scarier. It is like staring at monsters and being asked to choose the least harmless-looking one.
But this isn’t true, young people change their career at least three times before they commit. We need to become comfortable with the process of choosing a new discipline and the uncertainties and risks it brings along.
Here we present 9 ways to make career decisions without feeling the pressure:
- Don’t fixate on the ideal career: All professions require effort, grit and accumulation of knowledge. Finding the perfect degree or diploma for your dream job is no more a straight-line path. There may be answers for all your queries, but don’t assume one perfect job for all your requirements.
- Creativity is the key: Most job profiles nowadays demand creativity as a standard requirement but it does not mean that we all become writers, painters or singers. Each profession presents a myriad of problems, all that is required is creative solution designing. Think of your career choices in the same way. You don’t have to be something because someone said so. Find your own path.
- Career is not your life: Remember, a job will bring you money, bear rewards and push you for further development (assuming, you are good at it) but it isn’t the end game. Choose something that you will enjoy no matter how hard it gets. Recognize your true passions.
- Calm down a moment: These days colleges and universities have started offering the first year as a mix of different disciplines, after which you can choose your major or specialization. Take advantage of such programmes. Find out about such colleges and universities, learn about their offerings.
- Your choice is not set in stone: Once you make a choice in the discipline you have dreamed of, do not make it a dead end. Keep exploring. You can keep searching without dropping a beat. Best way to go about it is learning things online, try something in a lateral discipline. It may turn out to be your true calling.
- Think for the future: None of us possesses the power to see the future or have the capability to control this ever-changing the world. Instead, we all can be future-ready, it isn’t voodoo. Search for fastest-growing fields, read a few trend reports, update yourself and your dream settings. (You get the idea)
- Look into what you already have
Some career choices are easy because of your predilection or existing skills. Learn to leverage those. Do not ignore. These are things that will assist you in building your career capital.
These will hold you in good stead when going gets tough.
- Define your future lifestyle: As in point 3, where we discussed that each job offers its risks and rewards, some jobs also offer exponential growth potential while others are slow-burning. It is important to realize the costs of crazy, workaholic lifestyles and not just consider the swanky perks of a fancy name-job. Similarly, don’t be lulled into assurances of an easy, slow-moving, soul-crushing job that requires repetitive work without any avenue to engage your creative mind.
Talk it out: Ask around for help. People who are already working in your desired field or have gone through a similar journey that you envision for yourself. Don’t solely rely on your limited circle, expand your reach. In this hyper-connected world, there is no excuse to not having contacts. Find such mentors who you can lean upon and ask for advice.
We at 9CC believe that no potential should be ignored just because enough information could not be brought into the light or young people not living their dreams because they didn’t know someone.
If you require any assistance in searching for career prospects, delivering advice on entrance examination dates, preparation material or even talking to professionals in your chosen field, do let us know. We can connect the dots for you. All you have to do is reach out.
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