10 mistakes to avoid while choosing a career

Choosing a profession is perhaps the greatest choice you’ll make at any point. It will influence where you reside, the amount you make and the way of life you’ll appreciate. What if you end up taking an unacceptable decision? Imagine a scenario where you pick something that makes you hopeless, or prompts pressure and creates financial stresses? There are so many what if’s with regards to picking a profession.

Here are the 10 mistakes you can avoid while choosing your career – 

Choosing a career that your parents want you to pursue: Is that what you want to do? Will it make you happy? Are you only doing it to please your parents? Follow your heart. This is your life, and you only get one chance to live it.

Assuming you need a natural skill to pursue a specific career: Don’t close off specific fields just because you don’t know anything about them. Do they pique your interest? Is the prospect of working in that field appealing to you? So, figure out a means to make it happen.

Choosing a career on the basis of money: Taking a career just for the sake of the money leads you down a path that will almost likely lead to dissatisfaction. Strike a balance between a good salary and a rewarding career. You’ll make less money, but you’ll be happier as a result.

Choosing the same career as your closest friend

Don’t choose a career without research and analysis: Don’t pick a career unless you’ve thoroughly researched what it entails. Any career you’re passionate about requires you to learn everything you can about it. You should check into work duties, training requirements, average wages, and the job outlook in addition to a broad job description.

Not sticking with a single career: Don’t make the mistake of jumping around between two or more career paths. If you stop one career to pursue a different career, you’ll have a lower chance of success. Therefore, it’s best to find and stick with a single career.

Prioritising university over the course: While a semester at a top university can be a life-changing experience, it shouldn’t come at the expense of professional skills you could have learned while studying your chosen subject.

Assuming your career is linear: Non-linear careers are the new normal as we continue to face an ever-changing employment market.

Even if your job doesn’t have to advance in a straight path, you may want too much, too soon. Your efforts will always be rewarded.

Underestimating yourself: When it comes to picking a career, don’t underestimate yourself. Once you’ve decided on a vocation, all you have to do now is devote all of your time and attention to it.

Importance of Professional Counseling: A friend or family member may listen to you, but they aren’t professionally, technically qualified or experienced to offer you professional advice. If you wish you can contact us at MindTribe to receive help from our team of expert psychologists.

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About the Author.

Radhika Gupta is a psychologist at MindTribe.in. You can learn more about her by clicking here.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of MindTribe.in, the Founders, or management team.

Acknowledgement: All images used are open source and from Unsplash.


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