Not an easy move


Many people think they know the right way to find a career, but they often wind up at unsatisfactory careers. We bust some myths of choosing a career and this can perhaps help you make an informed decision.

Choosing a career is simple

Actually, choosing a career is an involved process and you should give it the time it deserves. Career planning is a multi-step process that involves learning enough about yourself and the occupations, which you are considering.

I can’t make a living from my hobby

Says who? When choosing a career, it makes perfect sense to choose one that is related to what you enjoy doing in your spare time. In addition, people tend to become very skilled in their hobbies.

I should go for the career in demand

Way too often what is hot this year won’t be hot a few years from now. In addition, you need to take into account your interests, values, and skills when choosing a career. Just because the outlook for an occupation is good, it doesn’t mean that occupation is right for you.

Making a lot of money will make me happy

While salary is important, countless surveys have shown that money doesn’t necessarily lead to job satisfaction. For many people enjoying what they do at work is much more important. However, you should consider earnings, among other things, when evaluating an occupation.

Once I choose a career I’ll be stuck in it forever

Not true. If you are not satisfied in your career for any reason, you can always change it (but follow what the lead story on this page says). Many people change careers several times over the course of their lifetimes.

If I change careers, my skills will go to waste

Your skills are yours to keep. You can take them from one job to another. You may not use them in the exact same way, but they won’t go to waste.

If my best friend is happy in a particular field, I will be tooEveryone is different and what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another, even if that other person is someone with whom you have a lot in common.

All I have to do is pick an occupation

Choosing a career is a great start, but there’s a lot more to do after that. A career

action plan is a road map that takes you from choosing a career to becoming

employed in that occupation to reaching your long-term career goals.

There’s very little I can

do to learn about an occupation without actually working in it

While first hand experience is great, there are other ways to explore an occupation. You can read about it either in print resources or online. — Compiled by Krita Raut