You might have witnessed this scene.
A new graduate who had recently stepped out of his college and had begun the search for his ideal job, now feels like he’s stuck. The tiring submissions, dreadful exams, and constant study hours are left behind. They exist no more.
But there’s something else that awaits to be dealt with and is probably a big deal – a career.
After working hard for all the years in his school, junior college, and university he has a significant decision standing before him which would decide the quality of his life and the kind of future he would have.
If he gets the decision right – his life might become a paradise, and he’ll do his job happily for the rest of his life.
If he gets it wrong – he might get doomed, keep cursing each moment of his work, and regret his decision forever.
If you’re among those who think throughout the college, plan well, and sweat hard on what they love, then fair chances are that you already have a list of few options for yourself which you’ll want to pursue as a career. That’s good.
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However, just imagine how disappointed you’d be to know that you’ve wasted all your persistence and talent only to land yourself into a wrong career. You cannot afford to jump blindfolded into an arena where success has no meaning and happiness isn’t assured.
Sadly, several graduates make the wrong move
They get into the wrong careers.
They choose a career based on their temporary feelings without thinking much about their future or analyzing their situation. They lose track of the bigger picture.
They get so much tangled in the present that they find it comfortable to neglect their long term goals and place themselves in situations which make them think that they should’ve acted much wisely earlier.
Before you commit yourself to a career, remember that you aren’t choosing a pair of shoes, you’re choosing a career. The thing which you’ll spend most of your life doing. So you’re supposed to think hard before you settle.
The regret of getting into the wrong career is rather tough to carry. You have to be quite mindful when you decide to commit to a certain career.
Here’s a list of 5 mistakes which graduates commonly make while choosing a career
Take your time, google things, ask the pros, learn about the job you want to have and get some counseling if you need to. This is the proper way of getting yourself the right career. If you manage to avoid these mistakes, you can prevent yourself from having a career to curse.
1. Relying on the trends
You can’t rely on trends since they keep changing.
If you closely observe the employment sector, you’ll find out that there’s always something “hot” that’s being talked about.
New jobs emerge from nowhere and attract crowds like a magnet just because they’re hot. They show the people where they can have more gold and suddenly masses get into those careers like crazy.
But then the real problem starts – the hot things cool down. They gradually lose their demand and don’t possess the same value they once had. That’s when most of the people realize their mistake.
They have an option to choose a stable career or the one they really love, but since they listen to the trends they get stuck in some disappointing situations where escaping is a difficult and risky task.
We don’t say that following the trends is such a bad move. It’s quite practical that some jobs are here to stay for the next 50 or even 200 years. The stats don’t always lie. However, your selection of a career should be made out of choice and shouldn’t be manipulated by the trends.
Let the trends decide what’s hot and you decide what’s right for you.
2. Chasing the money
Money is just an outcome, not the work itself.
A lot of aspirers fall prey to the delusion that a certain career is the right choice for them if it can earn them more cash.
This mindset is haywire and a major cause behind unsatisfactory careers. Although money is a huge necessity, if it’s the only motivation that’s driving you towards a career then chances are that you’ve taken the wrong road.
If you’re stuck between choosing something that earns you some more money and what you’re more passionate about, then we suggest you to go with the latter one since this will give you a better lifestyle. This way, you won’t have to complain about how much your work sucks.
Just because you’ll be paid more to do something doesn’t mean that you’ll have a satisfactory career. Neither is it assured that your choice will definitely turn you into a billionaire. Most of the time, people who are great at what they do are the ones who don’t have to worry much about the money.
After all, it’s the passion that leads to great careers and not the salary.
3. Choosing the field in which one has lesser expertise
Either you do what you’re already good at, or you try hard to get better at what you aren’t.
Everyone possesses a certain set of skills which are better than the other skills that one has.
Your already developed and polished skills are your strength. Your chances of succeeding are enormous if you stay focused on your strengths and decide a career for yourself based on them. It’s a huge advantage to have a career that’s based on what you’re already good at or with which you have a prior experience.
But many graduates don’t get it. They try to fit themselves into what they barely have any familiarity with. They move into new areas with a hope of establishing a perfect career and totally ignore the abilities which they already have.
Due to this, most of their time is spent in learning what they know nothing about instead of improving what they already know, which later turns out to be an undesirable drag. Also, they’re held back by their inadequacies while pursuing a career in which they have a lesser expertise.
It’s better to be the best at what you know than to be mediocre at what you know nothing about.
4. Making haste
Hurry, and you lose the purpose of the work you’re doing.
Some graduates become too delirious when it comes to choosing a career.
They want get a job quickly and earn their first salary. If they feel some scarcity of opportunities, they take up any job which doesn’t match with their abilities. When they want a job, they take up one without paying much attention to what will be its outcome on their future.
Though this mistake is understood later when they feel like changing their job, or when fail to understand why they aren’t able to make any significant growth in their career.
Decide early what kind of career you would like to have. Knowing what you want alone can reduce some confusion and keep you from making a wrong resolution. Relax, not all vacancies will be filled up overnight.
Take your time to seek the right career for yourself and then act accordingly.
5. Fantasizing the lifestyle
When you think about your dream career, make sure that above all you envision yourself doing the work.
It’s pretty easy to imagine yourself living an ideal life, the one in which you have a lot of cash, hardly anything to worry about, and a lot of leisure time in which you can do all your relaxing activities – but the reality is far different from this.
Choosing a job based on the life you wish for can be disappointing. People often have a habit of daydreaming themselves living in a peaceful environment and having a felicitous life forever.
But when they encounter their work life – it seems like the same old worn out thing.
This is a mere illusion. So learn to keep your expectations low when you choose a career. Remember that most of your time will be spent working – the work which can be tiring, frustrating, boring and ordinary.
You’ll be going to work, not an adventure island, so think more about the work which you’ll be doing and keep at bay your wishful thinking while choosing a career for yourself.
A final advice
Nothing will ever make your life a disaster. You’ll always have enough freedom and flexibility to switch your careers or for finding new ways. However, it’s still wise to be aware and cautious about the big decisions you make in life. Career is one of them.
Are you a graduate or a professional? Share with us something about the career mistakes which graduates should avoid making when choosing a career for themselves, or the ones you wouldn’t want to make.
We would love to hear from you in the comments.