Selecting a Career Path: Answers to Common Beliefs and Misconceptions

It will not be fair to decide which field to choose for your Bachelors degree based on commonly established observations and understandings. Sometimes, what we fail to see the reality and whatever we see is a mere attraction.

Selecting a career field is undoubtedly not as easy as selecting a display picture for your Facebook profile but it isn’t that difficult either. There are several factors that need to be taken in account while deciding which career path to choose but before we move towards that discussion, let’s first discuss some of the common beliefs and practices that people follow while determining their career paths. Following those beliefs, are my recommendations and suggestions that can help you in deciding better. Read on.

“Choose What You’re Passionate About”

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If I was asked about this a couple of years ago, I would have supported the idea of choosing what you’re passionate about. However, this isn’t actually the best way to predict and be sure about your future; passions change and we develop new passions as time goes by. We used to be so passionate about sports or games in our childhood that we, sometimes, considered it to be the best career path. But with each phase of life our thoughts change and so do our passions. Today, if mechanics attracts you and makes you feel passionate about it, you may start taking interest in algorithms too, after some years. Passions are not always eternal; most of the times they keep changing as we grow. The best way to choose you career field is to find what you can easily study & develop more in, and I know this gives rise to another important question i.e. Which field has more scope.

“Which field has more scope and market value?”

It is commonly said that one should choose a field that has more scope and market value and this common belief has resulted in us hearing comments like, “Bhai! Go for Electrical, buhat scope hai” and the most famous from last year was: “Telecom Industry main boom anay wala hai 4G introduce honay k baad, Telecom main admission lena bhai”. The question is, should you really be basing your career choice on such comments? Listening to people, I selected Telecommunication Engineering as my career but even before I graduated, I realized that it’s not the field you choose that has scope; it’s YOU, yourself that has a value & scope.

You can always get multinational job opportunities, promising career opportunities, if you value your skills and expertise more than your results. Don’t worry! Select whatever suits you and feels as easy and doable because scope is never limited and so shouldn’t you be.

“There are no jobs, don’t select it”

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After high school, students consult with few professionals (mostly their parents) seeking help in making a career choice and elder siblings also prove to be of great help in this regard. However, the advice they get from there is not always the best advice and they often hear sentences like, “Nahi Nahi! Don’t go for Software, Civil main lo admission kyunkay evergreen field hai. Main ne software li thi, jobs nahi theen”.

Do you know why we get to hear these disappointing sentences? Being humans, it is a psyche that we convince ourselves (and suggest to others) what seems right according to our understanding, beliefs & experiences and reject things that we have not experienced. Ask a doctor, “Should I seek a career in ACCA?” and most of them will say, “Doctor ban jao, it’s a good career. Otherwise, Engineering bhi achi hai”. This is because (s)he is a doctor and may have some engineer cousins, friends or acquaintances but no one doing ACCA.

Before getting to some point consult with as many as you can. For instance, if you have selected Telecommunication Engineering as your career and you want some expert advice on it, talk to as many as you can and make sure they are from diversified departments. Listen to them, get their thoughts and then reach a verdict by accumulating an average of all comments you receive.

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My Suggestions & Recommendations:

I shall summarize all of it by sharing my suggestions with all aspiring engineers, doctors, business students and everyone else, as follows:

  • Research thoroughly about the field that attracts you and feels easily doable.
  • There is no good or bad university if you focus your efforts toward polishing your skills. Universities are all good; it’s you and your potential that takes you forward. It’s totally fine if you don’t land in any high profiled university as you can always try better for Masters and may be Ph.D, if you perform well at Bachelors.
  • Stop looking for an answer to, “Does GPA matter or not?” and just give it your best. A good GPA (and little talent) may earn some good scholarships but you can’t achieve excellence in life. On the other hand, if you are well talented (with a not-so-good GPA) you’ll always perform much better in the professional life. So, always remember this simple rule: “Work towards polishing your skills and talents” and yes when you do that, you’ll automatically start getting better results.
  • Self-development is very important; work on it. This includes good English writing, speaking and communication skills. Even writing an email in an appropriate way is considered as a plus point while you’re communicating online.
  • While at university try earning as much certifications and internships as possible as this all adds up to your experience which tends to make you and your resume stand out.

Wrap Up:

Think of yourself as a brand that needs finishing and marketing. It never matters where the product has been manufactured; what actually matters is good presentation and marketing. Relate this example with yourself, apply the rules and you’ll be able to conquer all the avenues in every walk of life.

 

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Sarang Shaikh has been jobless on and off for last two-years but he has never been unemployed since after his graduation. He is an engineering graduate with an Entrepreneurial mindset. He is the Co-Founder and Lead Operations at Outa Circle.com and BDM at TECH TV Pakistan. Sarang is two times TEDx Speaker and two times GOLD Medalist with a passion to integrate society socially together. He also regularly writes at Medium. Follow his posts at: www.medium.com/@sarangsshaikh

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Sarang Shaikh has been jobless on and off for last two-years but he has never been unemployed since after his graduation. He is an engineering graduate with an Entrepreneurial mindset. He is the Co-Founder and Lead Operations at Outa Circle.com and BDM at TECH TV Pakistan. Sarang is two times TEDx Speaker and two times GOLD Medalist with a passion to integrate society socially together. He also regularly writes at Medium. Follow his posts at: www.medium.com/@sarangsshaikh