My career choice – Above of all

My career choice – Above of all

I wanted to be a writer and that is the reason I am writing this today and you are able to read it. But that’s not what I really became. I am pursuing engineering like millions of other students in India. The career I wanted is very much different from the one I got into. Well how foolish of me, isn’t? This might make me sound like someone who doesn’t know what she wants out of her professional life. Doing something which I don’t like for the rest of my life.

Now look at yourself in the mirror and ask the same question, would you be happy doing what you are into for the rest of your life? I can bet at least 75 out of 100 people will struggle with the answer of this question. Because in India, the career you get into is not of yours choice but your parents or the one society thinks is the best nowadays. When CBSE declares the results of board classes 10th and 12th every year and every year, students struggles with the choices of taking science or commerce or taking admission in any engineering college or dropping another year for the medical examination that they couldn’t pass this time along with the boards. In spite of all this, there is one thing that is commonly faced by every student. Pressure. Pressure of pursuing something that they have zero interest in. If a student scored 90% in his 10th boards then is it really mandatory that he should took science and then become an engineer or a doctor. Why a 90% holder can’t takes arts and become a lawyer or a journalist or a pilot or anything that he or she likes. Marks decide career rather than interest in our world. And that is the reason most people are unhappy professionally. According to a survey conducted in 2010 for people aged between 21-65 by the investment company Scottish Widows showed that nine out of 10 people regret rushing their career choice. That is because humans become ‘hyper-vigilant’ when they are forced to make decisions in a rush. When our emotions become highly charged in this way, we are less able to weigh up alternatives and identify priorities.

“Ideal Job”

What is an ideal job? “I think, like you have an idea of what the perfect job is in your head, exactly what you want to get up and go do every day.” “Not than one for which you have to get up and go to everyday.” This difference between have and want tells the whole story for one and all.


Factors affecting your career:

  • Role Models

You as a student may have a good teacher who makes an impression or a family member who is a doctor or a carpenter that you looks up to at the time of adolescent and you may decide on the same career. But shit, that was never the field of your own interest and till the time you may realize it you would have turned 50 already.

  • Peers

Just because your best friend is doing it would be enough for making it you do it too. Sometimes adolescents choose a career because of this simple reason. Later they may not remain friends with that person but that made their career of interest over forever.

  • Grades

Not every mind is same and hence not every ones career. Students with high averages have the option of going to college, while those with very low grades have to do remedial study or find entry-level jobs that are open to them. Talented or not doesn’t matter what matters is the grades on your mark sheet.

  • Economics

The much famous goddess Laxmi or if I call it more sophistically Money plays a key role in career decisions. You can be a failed student still you would be easily sitting in the best engineering college if your dad bank balance is similar to a phone number. And you may be an intelligent student but sitting at home because you didn’t qualify for a free seat or scholarship this year. Well money do speaks.

  • Location

Last but not the least. The place where you are born or live in decide your career too. Students from rural and urban schools had different educational cultures. Basic education is not attained by the children living in rural areas let alone think of careers of their interest.

One last message to the students still has the chance to decide their careers.


Anshul Chawla

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