As far as choosing a career is concerned, many youngsters face a common conflict: they want to choose a career that is truly satisfying but unfortunately many such careers are low paying. Moreover there is often social or parental pressure to choose relatively high paying conventional careers like law, medicine, management, engineering etc.
So how does one address the internal conflict and make a balanced choice?
If a student pursues a career only on account of parental pressure, undesirable repercussions are inevitable. Simply put, if he/she has no interest or ambitions in the chosen career then it would definitely lead to an early burn out and eventually a dead end. Needless to say this shall translate to a sheer waste of time, wealth and energy.
According to psychiatrists career dissatisfaction is a major reason for depression and mid-life crisisAccording to psychiatrists career dissatisfaction is a major reason for depression and mid-life crisis. "For youngsters, the dilemma of choosing the right career can greatly dissolve if parents have the right attitude," says Raina Bhattacharya, a senior counselor based in Guwahati.
"Often parents want to achieve what they could not career wise through their child. And hence they put overwhelming academic pressures on the child, which are completely unjustified actually. Parents need to understand that today career choices are multiple and there is a pronounced emphasis on choosing careers that synchronize with one's aptitude and life philosophy. They need to understand that if they aid and facilitate their children to choose careers best suited to their specific aptitude and mental disposition instead of forcing or even encouraging them to choose something that is socially more acceptable and financially viable, they shall actually be able to enable a lifetime of fulfillment and purpose. And there is obviously no better gift than this from a parent to a child," says Bhattacharya.
"Also I have observed that attrition rates in high paying careers are incidentally very high because of the high stress levels. Many a time young people give up corporate jobs and study/train again to equip themselves for another vocation. Youngsters and their parents need to understand that this transition is often a costly and time consuming exercise. Therefore in the long run, it pays to choose a career that one genuinely likes although it might be low paying. Also one must not forget that permanence augments financial stability and needless to say anything you are truly good in ultimately gets noticed and fetches you money," she elaborates.
In order to avoid pitfalls of wrong careers a student should go for career counseling. According to career counselors, a parent can easily determine the appropriate career for his or her child by observing him/her closely from an early age.Children should be engaged in multiple activities so that they can discover their talents at a very young age. For once we discover our talents, things become clearer and the road leading to our career begins to broaden. The 21st century is the age of the internet. Therefore, it helps to read up on careers, career trends etc so that an informed choice can be made.