There is a saying in Hindi,"Poot ke paaon paalne mein hi nazar aa jaate hain” which means a kid’s abilities and talents can be seen right in his early childhood. With an observant eye, you can figure out what your kid will turn out to be right from the time when he is a mere infant. A few days back, I saw a question posted by a curious parent on a well- known question-and-answer site. The question was, “Which coaching institute is best for my kid in 5th standard for IIT JEE preparation?” It seemed to me a bit awkward and impractical because for a kid in 5th class, it was so early to plan preparations for one of the India’s toughest exams. But after a while I realised the feelings of an anxious parent who is just intended to carve the best career path for his kid. Actually, it’s not good that you decide your kid’s future on your own. It will be better if you just help your kid to navigate a route to the career of his/her own choice. Try to perceive the interests and talents of your child to help him/her chose the best career out of the many options available to him. But before the parents’ indulge into the discussion, it’s important that the kid must realize his own strengths and abilities which he can discuss with his parents to list out the best career options for future. Because, a child can only know his interests and potential better than anyone else. The best time for career analysis is when the child has stepped into the high school education (in CBSE, UP or any other state board) because it is the time when kids are mature enough to realize the circumstances to know what is good or bad for them.
Here we have collected a few guiding points for high school students that will help them explore best career options for their future:
1. Realise your interests and potentials
A decade back, when someone asked a kid that “What you will become when you grow up?”then most of the times the reply came as, “a doctor”, “a teacher”, “a defense officer” or “a scientist”. But in the today’s modern world, due to the advancement of technology and mass media, children are getting acquainted with a variety of career options. But to choose the best among those options, it’s very important to analyse your personal interests and potential. These are things which attract you the most, at which you're good and which come relatively easily to you. This can help you lead to a successful career in future.
2. Follow your favourite subjects
Favourite subject doesn’t mean the one in which you score the highest, but it is the subject which comes so naturally that you can learn it without much effort. Just analyse your academic strengths and try to find the answer to the questions: Are you great at Science? Math? Or do you hate Science and Maths but love your English classes? Then you’ll be clear that the occupations of a doctor, a scientist or an economist are not meant for you. You might find better options as a writer, teacher, lawyer, or some other communications-based career. Actually, analyzing what classes fit you is a great step towards finding a career that fits you.
3. Picture the life you want to live
Here you are to consider the conditions or rewards offered by the prospective career. Analyse yourself and try to find answers to these few questions: Do you love to lead a conventional and peaceful life where you’ll settle down young and start a family? Or do you want to live an adventurous life where your career could take you to just about anywhere in the world at any time? Where you will love to spend the rest of your life? Would you like to earn name and fame? When you will have answers to all these questions, then it will be easier to frame a career that will best suit your living standard.
4. What can you sacrifice to achieve your dream career
You must have heard a famous idiom, “ No gain without pain” which means you can’t succeed until you suffer or work hard to achieve it. Thus, you’ll have to be sure what all you can sacrifice to reach your dream career. For example; If you aspire to become a pilot then keep in mind that the job will require you to spend a lot of time away from home. Again, if you dream to become a corporate lawyer or an investment banker then tough being paid a handsome amount, the job will leave you probably with close to zero free time. If you want to become a college professor, you will have to spend a long time in school to get that PhD. Thus, knowing your threshold limits can help you get prepared to achieve the best career for you. After all, nothing comes for free.
5. Define your personal and social strengths
Knowing your personal and social strengths can give you a lot of insights that can help you identify your most satisfying career goals and map your progress toward them. For example, if you talk about the personal strengths, strategic thinking, positive attitude, learning ability, curiosity, etc. can be considered while working to explore a career path for future. Also the social strengths like, team work, building relationships, communication, etc, are of much importance to succeed in your job. After all, you cannot be successful alone. If your personal strengths are important for career development; then social strengths come as equally important to provide resources essential to the progress.
The choice of a career can affect a person’s whole life. If chosen wisely, it can lead you to a peaceful life, but if a wrong choice is made then it can prove to be really distracting and disturbing. So, it will be better if you revise the various career options available, right during your high school education. This will help you to work and proceed step wise towards a career that can fetch you the best earning and living.
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