Choosing a career after school -Conventional vs. Unconventional choices
Selecting a right course and right career post school can be a daunting task for students, specially because of the plethora of courses available. A lot of times the decision comes from what our elders expect from us, sometimes the decision is driven by our own passion while a few other times it’s driven by what are the area & subject that we are strong in.
So it may happen sometimes that a doctor’s daughter will apply for medical even if her passion lies in painting. A potential musician might want to apply for an engineering course as he is really strong in Mathematics & that’s a logical choice to make. And well, in few lucky cases a person really good with words takes up a literature course because the dream is to become a screenplay writer & work on their writing skills.
Whatever the choice & decision is, it should not be a choice just because it’s the safest or the most obvious one. So what are the factors that should be considered??
- There are come career choices that boom for a phase & then fade off after a while. It might not be a wise decision to opt for those just because everyone else is. Well, unless you are actually passionate about the career & are confident that you can make it work for you!
- Some degrees & courses are really demanding & stressful. Are you capable of handling that kind of stress? It should not lead to a situation that education becomes burden & leads to depression rather than happiness.
- Does your (or your family’s) financial condition allow you to choose a particular course. This is not to say that you should not opt for a degree that has high financial implications, but be financially prepared or aware on different options for Student Loan available that might suit you better.
- Most importantly, does your passion lie in this career choice? Because if not, it will very boring & dull to do something 8 – 12 hours everyday for the rest of your life. Isn’t it??
In recent years a lot of students opt for non conventional career choices such as performing arts, creative arts etc. This doesn’t mean the conventional choices such as becoming a Doctor,Banker, Lawyer or Engineer has lost it’s charm. There still are a lot of students who want to opt for these career choices not because it’s their parent’s wish but because it’s their passion & wish.
Needless to say, any career course calls for hard work & dedication. So here are some resources to help you make the choice & then achieve it.