A professional dilemma is something we all experience once we graduate or pass out of high school.
What should we do; which field do we choose as our career.
Most parents want their children to study medical or engineering, as they believe these paths will lead their child to financial security and early settlement in their career roles; however, these days, teachers and counsellors often promote otherwise; they encourage students to be more creative and pursue what they desire, based on the philosophy that if you do not love what you do, you will soon get bored and that will badly affect your self-improvement and development as an individual.
Ambition is good, however, human desires are changeable; what I mean is, today as a teenager, you may have a deep attraction towards music, rock bands, and the various instruments because you are growing within that culture in colleges, concerts, fests etc. but after 6 years, your interests may change, as a matured individual. It is just like our dress sense changes as we grow. We wear cut vests and bermudas when we are in college, but prefer to move to formals when we are an office-goer, with respect to our personality.
Hence a decision that we take about our career in teenage, based only on our interests may not always be the right one; if we choose to pursue our ambition, alone, that may not ensure life-long satisfaction always. I know my statement will raise many brows, but it is essentially true.
- When we choose a career, several prospects need to be kept in mind-
- Whether the academic field will provide financial stability in future.
- Whether the course is suitable to my learning abilities.
- Whether the field has shown gradual statistical progress in the past few years.
- Whether I will be satisfied with my engagement in it, in future.
Sounds calculative! But that is a fact; a school teaches us various subjects, including co-curriculum, but when get out of high school, we choose a particular field for specialization as undergraduate course, based on our liking for it and our expertise and comfort in the field.
When our guardians insist upon taking up a particular profession, most of us are unhappy. We want to do what we enjoy doing; some of us love fine arts, some of us want to pursue music, yet another group wants to be actors and it is great that these days we are having a diversity of career options to choose from, however, while being selective, we should also keep in the mind the career insurance factor, along with our personal choice.
I do not imply, that all the people are confused about their choices, some are really focused and clear about what they want to do, and such people achieve success in whatever they do, which is appreciable, however, we need to ensure that our professional goal provides a certainty for future, and hence follow it in the right procedure.
For e.g. if someone wants to be a cricketer, merely having the skills won’t help you reach the level of finesse; you need to be sure that you can give anything for the game, and you can risk anything to represent your country through the game, in the universal state.
Also it requires a huge about of dedication and investment that you need to do, before becoming #SachinTendulkar you and your family should be prepared for it.
Ask yourself whether you can bear it all, before taking the final decision; pursuing it because it is your hobby, won’t do much for you or for your future, your passion for it will help you progress.
Every profession requires some investment and consequentially gives you returns. Now if you pursue an ambition which is not giving you back any returns, you will soon get demotivated, and that is very natural.
Practically stated, you need to have the bread and butter of survival in order to carry on with your love. When you do not have food to eat, you won’t have the strength to sing or play flute.
This kind of demotivation can be very harmful for your mental health; if will soon lead you to depression and anxiety, and you will lose all the love you have for the work that you are doing, and that is not good.
If your career in unpredictable with an ambition; today you have returns and tomorrow it is nil, then just being with your ambition won’t give you happiness.
The most important thing is to be happy in life, to be in mental peace. Hence considering the security and certainty factors are also equally important along with like, before choosing a career. You have to see that your career is insured with the professional field you choose.
Being a doctor, engineer or professor is not that bad, if they are providing you with an early career, financial independence and individuality.
Again, you can always continue your struggle as a singer, guitarist or a film-maker with equivalent passion and dedication to earn bigger goals in life, but whatever you do, you need to ensure that it secures you, because if there is no certainty in your career, you can never be at peace; you will be chasing money all the time, and that can be the cause of anxiety and other health hazards, which will not be anyone’s preference.
I do not say that people should do what they most dislike, but you should merge your liking with some career insurance while choosing a profession, to ensure life-long happiness and good mental health.