Finding the right job is never easy, but very crucial. Your profession can affect your life tremendously. Either you are happy and content at your workplace or it feels like a prison. Life goals combined with socio-economic factors and the environment around you are strong influencers of job choice. That is why, it helps to start thinking early about the choices and the other factors that inevitably impact your decision. Having a head start with a road map can help. So, especially for students who are appearing for your final exams next year, if you have not begun, it is a good time to start discussing, reflecting and laying the ground-work for your future.
Then there are some parents who want their children to become a doctor just because they are doctors. While some students choose a stream or course because of friendship. There are also some students who choose a stream or course with the intention of avoiding the complicated subjects. In the meantime, there are some students who give up on their dreams due to lack of finance and choose a stream or course which they don’t prefer. But here I would like to add, before giving up, make sure you have complete information about the financial assistance provided by Government, financial institutions and respective colleges and universities for scholarships and loans.
On the other hand, planning a career scientifically means choosing a career on the basis of one’s personality, interest and skills. To shed more light on this, here is an illustration. Mr. John is a college student and conducted three tests: personality, interest and skills, and his report says:
Out of six personality types viz. realistic, investigative, artistic, social, entrepreneurial, and conventional, John’s social personality type is strong and the report says, “He is a dedicated leader, humanistic, responsible and supportive. He uses feelings, words and ideas to work with people rather than a physical activity to do things. He enjoys the closeness, sharing, groups, unstructured activity and being in charge.”
The interest report indicates seven interest areas: outdoor, practical, scientific, creative, business, office and people. His strong interest area is people. So he likes to work mainly with people or that he is concerned about their social welfare. The work of teachers, counsellor, police officers, and welfare workers involves a great deal of personal contact. An interest in working with people can also include jobs such as sales, cashiers, waiters, and secretaries, speaker, preacher etc.
Skills report says that his hidden skill is, ‘communication’. So if he chooses a profession where he communicates more with people he will be more productive and happy. From the above illustration it is clear how proper career planning can help us in choosing the right career.
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