Myth Number 1: Gender Matters. Myth Number 2: Arts /Commerce students don’t have a bright career. Myth Number 3: A job with a big salary, is the best job. Myth Number 4: No degree, no career. Myth Number 5:A job must have security.
Is career choice an important decision of your life? Yes! But how do you choose your career? That's an important question. We get many choices in life. Our future is a product of choices we make. Your future depends on what career you choose today.To be able to make this decision..you have to know which career path suits you the best. You may go through a career assessment test, identify your interests, set your goals and may even have an action plan. But all this will fail if you are not able to go beyond some common myths that exist in our society. So, Let’s look at a few such myths that we need to stop believing in.
Myth Number 1: Gender Matters.
I don't care what your gender is, that's should be the attitude of a Hiring Manager. But our society perceives that certain careers belong to women and certain to men. But, think again, does gender really matter in making a career choice? If it did then Ms. Surekha Yadav would not have been the first female train driver. Similarly many other women wouldn’t have become the cab divers or astronauts. You must have heard that civil or mechanical engineering is for boys while home science and nutrition is for girls. Well, I believe that the work only sees actions, not who is doing it. If you have the right skills, knowledge, and passion, never limit yourself. Go out and chase your dreams. You can become what you always wanted to be.
Myth Number 2: Arts /Commerce students don’t have a bright career.
I want my child to be a doctor/engineer. These career aspirations are very common among us. Though a lot of different career options do exist, many of us are still stuck with our children being either a doctor or an engineer. This usually comes from the age old beliefs we carry that Being a Doctor is noble and being an engineer is prestigious. Well, have you ever thought, how our businesses, banks and other financial institutions would have run without commerce and arts students. People believe that they cannot have a high-profile, high earning, prestigious jobs with this background. But, have you seen how much money does a Lawyer, CA, CS, or an IAS officer makes and how much respect they command?
Myth Number 3: A job with a big salary, is the best job.
Researches show that Indians love to compare ..and the biggest parameter of success we use is the money someone makes. Of course, money is important; you need that to pay your bills and Emi’s. But making more money does not always mean you are happy with your career choice. It is also important to be satisfied with your choices. So, choose a career you love and you will never consider your work as a burden.
Myth Number 4: No degree, no career.
Education is important; it demonstrates that you have expertise in a particular field. We, as parents always say study hard or else you won't get a good life. But trust me, a degree alone does not matter. What you do with your degree and skills is absolutely up to you. If you have the right skills to sell pancakes or a fancy car then no one can stop you from becoming a successful businessman without a degree. Your attitude in life matters more than your degrees.
Myth Number 5:A job must have security.
Job must have a certain level of security but it should not be placed too high while making a career choice. A person should have confidence in his/her abilities and choose a career path that helps to achieve the career goal while allowing you to utilize your full potential. Growth comes when you are ready to expose your skills completely rather than sitting in a closed AC room.
Well, myths and stereotypes will always exist in the society but the coming generations are certainly ready to break them. And, the only thing that I want to tell you today is - focus on growing your skills, know your potential and have the confidence to take your path and the sky can be yours. And if you are ready to breathe new life into your career, it’s time to debunk these once and for all.