What is a career?
Your career is not just your job. It includes your job, skills and the position you hold at your workplace. In other words, your career is your profession. For an example, you could be a cashier in a law firm. That’s your job. But your career is broader than that. You have a career in accounting. You could have a medical career, but you necessarily not have to be a resident doctor. Within every career are a broad range of jobs and specialized skills that can be learned.
Below are ten advice to those seeking admission into tertiary institutions on how to choose their careers.
- Discover what you are passionate about: What do you dream about becoming in life? As a child, what was that one thing you immensely love doing? What profession caught your fancy? You answer to these questions determine to a large extent what your one true passion is. Forget about the fact that because you were so good in Biology and Chemistry, everyone is suggesting you become a medical doctor. Or that your Literature-in-English was so sound throughout secondary school that everyone says Law is what you were born to do. Look back at your childhood and discover that part you always played when you played with the other children.
- Your destiny does not rest on your first degree: You don’t have to be a politician because you studies political sciences in the university. There are numerous stories of people who studied medical sciences who ended up with a career in the writing, painting, acting or some courses in the arts. It’s not the end of your dreams if you wrongly choose a course not related to your passion or your school of choice offers you a course didn’t put in for.
- Enroll for alternative training: While you go about with your course of study (whether your parents forced you into it or that’s just what the school offered you) you could engage in alternative classes that teach the skills you need to launch into the career of your dreams. Luckily, some of those institutions always have a branch on campuses or might even be affiliated with your school. Take advantage of them.
- Be willing to invest in yourself: These professional courses are not free of charge. You must be prepared to pay to be taught. It could cost you saving from you allowances, discipline yourself to cut down on extravagant spending and the likes. It is true, however, that most of the bodies that organize these training subsidize it for students. Be willing to buy books, register for workshops, pay for one-on-one training, by all means possible, invest in yourself.
- Be quick to learn: Get excited about learning. Jump on any available opportunity to learn one or two skills that will further your career.
- Be focused: There are quite a lot of resources out there. Countless books have been written. Several pieces of training will be organized. Beware, you must not attend everything. Be focused on the path you are set on. There is not enough time to do everything. Be willing to learn in as many ways as necessary, but be a master of one.
- Be creative: As much as you are going to learn from experts in your career, remember that you carry something special they don’t. you have your uniqueness. It rests solely on you to express it in your field. Another way you can be creative is by synthesis. Learn to build a bridge between the course of your study in the university and the career you intend to venture into. You are studying Microbiology, for example, and you want to learn skills in music. There is something connecting Microbiology and Music, somehow. Finding it out is a definition of being a genius.
- Develop the right mindset: Begin to think like those in your line of career. The only difference between mediocre and genius is the quality of their thinking.
- Practice your skills while on campus: You don’t have to wait until graduation to begin exercising the skills you learn. Help your roommates and classmate who need your skills. It’s your choice do determine if you want to be paid or not. Don’t hide your talents. Voluntarily work.
- Balance up time: I understand that you might have been given a course you not so fascinated about, nevertheless, you want to make the most of it. Do your best to study hard. At least, be an average student in your school’s work. Pursuing the career of your dreams will not prevent you from making excellent results only if you learn to strike a balance between the various activities you have.
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