Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the best career of all?
Sadly, ‘real’ world mirrors don’t give us the answers we are looking for.
Fairy tales and Harry Potter novels are all good to read and discuss at length – but they do not ‘really’ bail us out of our confused state of mind.
Students know that a career means job satisfaction, a decent income, respect, independence and lots and lots of freedom.
A wrong move may disrupt any or all of these factors.
Or so we like to believe!
Often we convince ourselves with these kinds of fixed notions.
Here are two things that reorient our thinking:
Analyse your grades with an objective mind:
Our curriculum is designed to give us basic knowledge of all the subjects.
All those exams are conducted regularly over 12 years to make us aware of our academic strengths and weaknesses.
- Take all those psychometric tests too.
- Analyse the results with a neutral mind.
- Have zero tolerance for emotions and passion when you do this.
- Those grades are telling you something.
- Select careers which will synchronise with your academic strengths to experience success in your career.
- No one is telling you NOT to pursue your passions.
- You are most welcome to do so at a later stage in life.
- Once you gain some kind of stability and security from a career, you have your entire lifetime to nurture your passions and dreams.
- There is time and a place for everything in life.
Don’t get swayed by ‘lucrative’ careers.
What works for Jack will not work for Jim.
All of us are unique.
We need to tune into our inherent strengths and weaknesses instead of mindlessly following the herd.
No career is good or bad!
We perceive them as good or bad because we use money or status as a yardstick to measure the worth of a career.
While money may be a very big part of the picture – at least initially, it will never be the ONLY major factor in our careers.
Remember – Plumbers, electricians, architects, engineers, pilots, waiters, managers, bankers, bakers, florists, makeup artists, musicians etc are also a part and parcel of our social fabric.
Most youngsters are mature enough to shift their focus away from money because they want to:
- Learn something good, new and useful.
- Get practical experience.
- Build their resume.
- Diversify their skills.
- Explore new avenues of growth.
Most students realize what they actually want to pursue within a couple of years of taking up a job – some job – any job.
We learn quite a few things from the even the most menial of tasks.
They are intangible and subtle.
But they all add a classic touch to our personality.
Youngsters understand themselves better when they explore a few avenues.
Parents too are quite supportive when they make a few mistakes at this stage.
We do know that we learn more from these mistakes than from our successes.
We become stronger, more responsible and more mature when we experience life on a first hand basis like this.
Once we find our true calling – the sky will be the only limit for us.
Follow your gut.
Tune into your intuition.
Be practical and sensible at all times.
Weigh the pros and cons properly.
Take your own decisions.
Be mentally prepared to face the consequences of your own decisions.
Then simply take the plunge.
Everything will work out just fine.
Our life may not unfold in precisely the way we expected – but it will surely work out for the best.
At the end of the day, we would have surely learned something from our experience and that is what matters the most.