5 Career Mistakes Which New Graduates Commonly Make

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.

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.

Your turn

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.



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