Asking a student of 16 or 17 years of age what do you want to do for living for the rest of your life is a big question. This question will determine the course of his professional and somewhat personal life. The sheer weight of this decision is overwhelming for most teenagers, or at least those that haven’t made their mind yet.
If you too belong to the army of teenagers that can’t make their mind, which is perfectly natural, then you are at the right place. This article is written with the thought of how to help you make an informative decision based on your preferences, as well as on job market predictions.
Before Anything Else…
First, you need to shut down the little million voices speaking to you on this matter. Teens at that situation are literary bombarded with pieces of advice from parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins, schoolmates, friends, facebook friends, and so on.
Everyone wants to see you become something that they think will suit you most.
But, the key thing is not to explore what other folks think you should do, even though they all mean you well. The key to the right decision is the opposite – to choose something that’s in line with your preferences while it is suited to the job market. A profession that will be a mix of something you like doing that also pays well.
Things to take into consideration
Nowadays, there are schools and classes about basically anything you can think of. Even if they are not available through the current educational system in India, some online schools and classes can offer you a degree or a certificate that is valid for various jobs. The point is not to constrain yourself to the standard forms of education. The truth is that we don’t live anymore in an economy in which just waving your degree will land you a great paying job. We live in an age in which knowledge and skill beat a degree at any given moment. That is if you want to become a doctor, an attorney, or something that is part of a highly regulated industry. In this case, having a degree is necessary.
The current job market is something you need to take into account as well. Jobsora is a popular platform used by various employers, from emerging startups to social businesses and big corporations. The website is somewhat a mirror of what’s popular today, but also you can find quite a few novelty jobs that are expected to become more popular in the coming years.
Do Some Research
This is much about excluding some careers as it is considering some. For example, at some point, you might have considered becoming an attorney.
Go ahead and check what attorneys do, aside from arguing their cases in front of a court. Find information about what types of attorneys are out there, how much it pays to be an attorney, how long it takes to become an attorney, how much time they spend in their office, and so on. That should give you an idea about things.
The question you need to ask yourself is, am I cut out for an attorney? Am I ready to work for the long hours and be stuck in an office?
So, are you? Do you see yourself as one?
Research all the career paths you consider. Do it again, and again, and don’t stop until that one moment. So yes, that can be bit tiresome and can take much of your time. But remember, you are making decisions that will define your future, and that’s not to be taken lightly.
On the other hand, a wrong decision, one that doesn’t reflect your character and preferences is something that will bother you for the rest of your life.
Don’t make your decision from the point of fear, but from the point of knowledge. The choice you are making will steer your life and not someone else’s. Anyone willing to help you on your quest of becoming who you want to be is someone you should embrace.