Aryan, an adolescent doing his XI from the stream of Science was a bright and competitive adolescent who used to score between 85-90%. He was keen on taking up Medicine after XII and specialize only in Cardiology and was preparing diligently for the same. However, he did not get through the entrance exam!
Aryan was devastated and did not know what to do. Never in his wildest dreams had he thought that he wouldn’t become a doctor, one day. Parents and relatives tried consoling him and advised him to try for some other course.
But he had never thought beyond medicine and didn’t know what he was good at. Then his close friend suggested an aptitude test which would help him know his abilities, his interests, his skill areas, intelligence and even his personality and help him chart out his future career path. With nothing to lose, Aryan went about sincerely doing the aptitude test and realised his own potential to do other things and also realised that he could yet be part of the medical field but in a different capacity. He is now into Hospital Management!
Thankfully for Aryan there was a friend to show him the right path and make him understand the importance of aptitude testing and career guidance, an important part of career planning. But not every one of us would be so lucky. There have been students who just drift into some course without checking if that particular career suits them or not. Later they realize that this is not the career that they are cut out for. But sometimes it is too late by the time this realization and awareness dawns.
There are several incorrect factors that generally influence a career choice. These are…
Comparison with peers/ siblings.
Glamour attached to certain careers.
Peer influence and opinions.
Career chosen on the basis of friend’s decision or pressure.
However these are not the factors to be focused upon. One needs to take one’s self into consideration while making career choices. One must understand that career planning is not like a game of darts but is like the game of chess where you have to think before making each and every move. To explain further, planning a career is like assembling the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. The key to effective Career Planning is to fit the pieces correctly.