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Initiating Careers – What Is a Career?

Initiating Careers – What Is a Career?Every student wants to have a great career. But what does it mean to have a career? It means different to different people – admission to a dream course; entering a prestigious institute, getting a high salaried placement in a company, or getting the designation that s/he has always dreamed about.

Is this really what a career means – a degree? A job? A designation? Yes and No. Yes, because all these are components of a career, and No, because a career is a far wider concept.

A career is the life journey of an individual which includes his or her educational qualification [formal or vocational], skills, work [self-employment included], and training and upgradation. A person may have many opportunities to learn, grow, or change his /her field.

So, there is a possibility that one may have a degree in some subject but ends up working in a completely different sector or has taken the maximum level of education in a specific field and is self-employed. And the times that we are in now, we find more and more individuals exploring various careers in their lifetime.

But today we find many myths around the concept of careers.

These are many myths that make careers a little confusing and challenging for many youngsters. Apart from the regular myths, here are some of the newer myths:

Degrees are not essential to becoming successful in a career

But as mentioned, these are just myths. One needs to know that the facts may be different. Yes, for some courses mere educational degrees won’t matter, as much as your skills and talent. One needs to understand that basic education is important for all and many branches and specializations open up at higher levels.

But most careers require some kind of formal educational qualification [doctors, accountants, researchers] to prove your grasp of the subject. Even careers that are related to talent [dancing, singing, sports] will require some kind of training – either formal or informal to understand the nuances and techniques of the field.

One needs to follow their heart only and choose a career

Wherever one goes ‘follow your heart’ is what is highlighted, but along with that ensure you have the right skills, attitude, and talent to pursue the same. Understand what you are good at and then try to merge your liking and aptitude to become really successful. Also, be prepared to face the consequences that come along with this decision.

Also, passion cannot be restricted to some specific or non-academic careers. There are so many passionate bankers, accountants, researchers, and even artists who are having successful careers just because they have the right skills and persistence.

Higher-income means greater happiness and a successful life

Money can never guarantee happiness; yes it can certainly ease and increase the bun capacity, but cannot promise happiness. People with higher income work more; which means you will be compensated according to your talent and contribution to the organization. Success doesn’t come overnight or with just one successful project.

You will need to ensure you work consistently over the years to reap the results. Remember, the higher the income, the more will be the responsibilities, and the higher will be the stakes.

Being an entrepreneur will give freedom to do whatever s/he wants

Most youngsters do not want to follow orders or work under anyone, hence feel that being an entrepreneur will give them the freedom to do as they please. Leading a team is not as easy as it sounds. Given, as an entrepreneur you may have an upper hand in decision-making or implementing your own idea, but being an entrepreneur is much more than that.

You will be responsible for the organization, your product/service, your clients/vendors, and most importantly your employees. You will have to bear not only the profits but also the losses and bear the risks while making appropriate decisions.

Doing something ‘different’ will be enough

‘I want to do something different’ ‘I will not do routine / monotonous/boring 9 to 5 jobs’ – often youngsters have this idea, without knowing what it really means to be different. Merely selecting a ‘non-office job’ or taking up something non-academic doesn’t mean different.

To be really different, one needs to select a career that probably can offer ‘something different’. Simply not following the herd does not mean doing something different, but there are so many who have carved a niche for themselves in the most so-called common and routine careers based on their passion, skills, and knowledge.

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