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Career Choices: Avoiding Prejudices and Pessimism

Updated: Oct 10, 2023

Did you know the All India Rank 1 and 2 were secured by two women who graduated with

degrees in Economics and Commerce? Or a common subject in many of the entrance

exams to the Government jobs in India includes English and Logical Reasoning? Or that

the same qualifying exam for IAS officers – UPSC CSE, is used to select Indian Foreign

Service officers, who receive the excellent opportunity to represent the country in

international organizations like the United Nations? Or that US universities often look for

diversity, and male Indian engineers working in information technology are considered

an over-represented category by some of the universities for their MBA admissions?

The point is, every stream has its advantages. With English being the most used language globally, expertise in the field can lead to many added advantages – one of them being the

ease in grasping new concept in every other field. Despite what many are inclined to spread, truth is, a solid grasp over high school math and English are good enough qualifications for success in many specializations that result in high-paying jobs. This includes both the qualifying entrances to the graduate and undergraduate degrees at the National Institutes of Fashion Technology.

While choosing our field of interest, we should consider what we hope to achieve by getting the degree. We should also consider whether it would be possible for us to put in the effort to succeed in the field, although we should be careful to not underestimate ourselves too much due to the insecurities and barriers we may be troubled with. If it’s possible to invest the money and time to get an MBA at an IIM, then that’s what one should target. If the requirements are to find a job faster, with less financial resources to invest, one can always study to join a bank after a Bachelor’s degree.

It’s true the job market can be punishing, both in salary and opportunity, but we cannot start off with pessimism. That would only keep us from putting in our best effort and discourage us from trying for anything less than the highest paying jobs. We should select a few subjects we like or jobs we would like to have, choose one from amongst them and take a step towards it. Markets change over the years and a job that looked lucrative when we started college, may not stay the same after 3-4 years. Things don’t always go as planned, so we should remain a tad bit flexible with our plans – enough to let ourselves choose a different path. Being well-informed about the careers of our seniors, as well as enlisting for the services of a career consultant at a young age are also options that often overlooked.

Keeping a decent score while graduating school is a requirement that can open a lot of doors early. Scores above 80, if not 90, can definitely help a lot with college admissions. However, even with lower scores and low ranked colleges, achieving success is not improbable. Many recruiters are generally satisfied with an average background with more importance being placed on the last qualifying exam and projects or internships. With the changing markets, big pharma and big tech have emerged as key players. We have seen a rise in diseases and with the planet heating up, diseases and other medical emergencies are expected to go up. As such, we will need more professionals in the medical sector. To mitigate the threat of war, countries are increasingly focusing on improving their defense sector. This counts towards the growth of skilled labor in fields like cryptography and physics. Skilled professionals are also expected to be in demand in marketing and finance. Also, with AI’s use growing day by day, it goes without saying that skills in programming and data analytics are always a strong feature to add to the CV.

In the end, we have what we have and we should always try to make the most out of it. Without undermining the obstacles many of us face due to our surroundings, getting help when necessary and available, regarding both our career and our mental health, is vital to doing our personal best at every stage of our academic lives

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