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Choosing a career

Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions that you will make in your life. Although most people make several career changes in their lifetime, the first career decision you make will have an impact on various aspects of your life. It will, for example, determine the direction in which you will develop skills, the type of organisation in which you will start working and the income that you will earn.

With colleges and universities offering numerous courses today, for students it is truly confusing making a career choice. For a student, choosing a career path that is far from ones’ interest and ability can cause dissatisfaction in the long run. Hence it is important to plan one’s career from a long term perspective.

How does career planning happen today?

Most often students choose careers based on other’s preferences be it:

  • Following the crowd (peers)
  • Accepting choices made by parents
  • Influence by media
  • Following current trends or availing the most sought after career opportunities.