8 Assumptions We Need To Stop Making While Choosing A Career

Posted by Vivek Kumar
July 10, 2017

The cut-off lists and entrance exams results for admission in various colleges in our country have started to come out. Many students will be taking admissions while the rest of you will take a gap year to prepare for entrance exams. We all know that choosing our career is the biggest decision in our life. It can either be a boon if we take the correct decision or it can screw our life completely.

Here is a list of explanations which attempts to rebut the assumptions related to choosing a career option and also suggests actions if you’ve already taken wrong career decisions and how to turn it on the right track.

1. You Just Have To Choose A Career And Everything Else Will Fall Into Place

Choosing the right career is a great start, but that is only the first step. One has to do a lot after that. You need to make a career action plan to ensure your success in your respective field of interest.

For example – if you find out that engineering is the correct field for you, you have to make a career action plan. The things which you should keep in mind are that you need to know everything related to the substitute courses you will do during these four years, the list of books that you have to study and identify the skills you are going to learn to help you in the future. You also need to ensure that you are not going to waste your time watching TV series, gossiping, being active on social media for hours.

2. Once You Figure Out What To Do You Will Be Doing It Forever

This is purely a myth. Once you figure out what to do, you can use your skills in a variety of occupations.

For example – if I am a doctor, it doesn’t mean that I will be stuck in a hospital forever, curing patients. I can also become a teacher during my leisure time. I can run the hospital as an administrator. I can work for an NGO as well. Similarly, you can also use your skills in different occupations.

3. If You Don’t Find Your Passion Or Goal You Can Never Be Happy

This is the biggest crap I have heard. “Happiness is a journey, not a destination. Still, we tie our happiness to a goal.”

If you think that once you find your passion or goal you can be happy forever is the biggest lie you have been telling yourself. Happiness depends on our own mindset. If you want to be happy for the moment, you can be happy but if you think you will be happy after achieving something then you are living a lie. Everything depends on how we respond to a situation not on how we react during it.

4. Confidence Is The Key To Success

This is a worthless quote. The correct quote should be, ‘repetitive attempts is the key to success’.

5. A Career Counsellor Can Tell You What The Correct Career Is For You

A career counsellor will only advise you regarding the available career options that suit you but at the end of the day, you are the only one who can analyse your full potential and interests to take the right career decision.

6. Earning Millions Can Make You Happy

You may be surprised by the answer but it is damn true. There is a very famous quote by motivational speaker Sandeep Maheshwari – “Money is as important as fuel in the car, not less not more.” But as I stated before, happiness depends only on your mindset, not on external factors.

7. There Is A Perfect Job Kept For You.

Every job has its own pros and cons. If you think that once you find your dream job you will face no problems, you are misinformed, my friend! The reality is harsh than it is shown on TV.

For example, if you think that you will become the CEO of a company and earn millions and have respect in the society without facing any problems while doing your job, you are wrong. A CEO of a company is responsible for resolving all the disputes related to the company’s employees, taking charge of distributing its company products, tying up with other companies and has many more responsibilities. One mistake can lead your company to losses of millions. Don’t you think it is a huge headache?

8. You Can’t Make A Living Out Of Your Hobby

There are many singers, dancers, YouTubers, musicians who are doing well in their respective career fields and making millions by making their hobbies into their professions. All you need is to realise your potential, improve your skills and put your best efforts in creating something new. The only way to know where your interest lies is through giving your hand in every new activity you come across. Once you start working in your field of interest, it can definitely lead you to success in life.