Finding a career-oriented job is not as simple as planting a degree into the soil and waiting for the plant to grow, so one can reap the benefits at a later date. There is no such thing as waving a magic wand to find the perfect job you have been dreaming of. It takes a lot of planning and efforts to land up with a job that is paying, and is yet enjoyable. So, it’s preferable to decide first that will you work for money or you’ll go for the work that you love and passionate about it.
Students have to plan well in advance before they select their graduation majors, think about what kind of field they are likely to pursue, and the kind of remunerations they are likely to receive from their chosen careers. One of the main aspects while choosing a career is to decide between what you desire to do, and how much you can earn from it.
As per recent reports, the college majors having the worst return over investment include journalism and communications degree, closely followed by other nutrition, theology, psychology, education, sociology, and fine arts.
Many students apply for these majors, and have to struggle for a good job after graduation. So, the question is whether an individual should pursue a career that helps to earn a good pay scale and living, or to take up graduation in a field that he or she likes, and is passionate about. It is a difficult question to answer, and the solution lies more with the particular individual – what his or her priorities are in life.
You can successfully do this only when you are passionate about your work, and take it seriously. It is not just a case of spending money after a graduation degree and earning from it after graduation – one has to justify one’s decision and make efforts to excel in that career.While a paying career is important, excelling in that particular career is even more important. Graduation degrees help to provide an entry point into a chosen field. However, it is important to excel in that field to become eligible for the rewards and promotions over the years. For that to happen, one has to become involved with the nitty-gritty of the job profile, follow the assigned working pattern, and become involved with the actual work.
A way out would be to educate students well in advance about what goes around in a particular field – the average salary they are likely to earn, how they can make a living out of a job in that field, how they should plan to deal with monthly overheads and payments towards rent, insurance premiums, car payments, electricity bills, etc. The students should be properly exposed to the pros and cons of choosing a particular field, and what type of graduation is required to pursue a successful career in their chosen field. The positive thing is in the recent times, more students are becoming serious about what they desire to do in life, and how they can engage with a career that is satisfying and yet enjoyable.
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