Selecting the Right Career
There was a time when many students’ future plans revolved around becoming a doctor, a pilot or an engineer. These few disciplines were thought to be the only fields that could offer rewarding careers in terms of both respect and money. Resultantly, students were unaware of other opportunities that could, perhaps, have been more advantageous.
Today, life has become more dynamic and innovative. Gone are the days when the medical and engineering fields were the only available choices. Now a whole world of non traditional careers, from IT, electronic media, and web networking to online business portals and fashion designing, are available for young people.
However, there still remains the question of choosing the right profession. Unfortunately, for most of us, the right career merely means a profession that guarantees a profitable livelihood, but considerations like interest in the job and mental satisfaction should also be given importance.
The scope of any field in terms of market demand should also be considered very seriously. We cannot deny the significance of hiring treads; for example, a decade ago when computer science professionals were in demand, masses of MCS (Master of Computer Sciences) students flooded the market with extremely disappointing results.
Career counselors are generally well informed about such treads. They can play a key role in guiding the youth towards a rewarding profession. This highlights the importance of a full time career counseling department at the school level. The job of this department should be to determine the personalities of students, to observe and analyze their interests, and to suggest suitable careers according to their aptitude. Most of the parents and students find themselves in a fix when deciding on a career. Parents are unaware of market trends, educational systems add the scope of any particular discipline. Similarly, 14 to 15 year old students are not mature enough to make such life changing decisions. So it is widely felt that career counseling must be promoted from the school level.
Once a field has been selected, the next step is to enter that particular field. Which degrees, certifications, courses, and subjects should be opted for? A student should also consult successful students and professionals of that particular field.
Following is a brief introduction to various career choices. This is the outcome of a survey conducted among senior students and professionals to know the most suitable pathway for their selected field.
Chartered Accountancy (CA), and undoubtedly one of the toughest and most highly paid professionals, maybe started directly after the competition of the intermediate or equivalent education. However, according to experts, the twelfth grade with business subjects like accountancy, business statistics, commercial geography, etc. are the best route to a CA degree as it helps build concepts. The business Studies and IT (Information Technology) field also confuses young minds with a wide range of sub disciplines. MBA (master of a business administration), MBIT (Master in Business and information technology), MSc. (Master of Computer Science) should ideally be followed by B.Com (Bachelor of Commerce), BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration), BBIT (Bachelor of Business and Information Technology) and BCS (Bachelor of Computer Sciences).
The engineering field has also been introduced to new areas like Biomedical Engineering. A great opportunity in the agriculture discipline has also been developed for pre engineering students.
Mass communication is certainly one of the fastest emerging industries in the world. This field is highly rewarding in terms of both respect and money. Unlike other disciplines, Mass Communication does not require a particular line of study; you may join this field after completing your BA, BCom or BSc, etc. Fashion designing has now emerged as a separate industry. A number of universities are offering degree programmes and diplomas in fashion designing.
So before deciding on any career, make sure that you do not earn only money from your career but also mental peace and satisfaction. It is the only way to lead a hassle free professional life!
Choosing a career is an involved process that is based on a number of things, including your interests, skills, work related values, and personality. One of the most important decisions you will make in your lifetime is determining what you want to be me when you grow up. So, spend some time researching to decide if a certain career is right for you before making a commitment.