Choosing Your Career


Why set Goals early? Narrowing down and identifying your career goals in advance actually helps you focus more clearly in exams and get better marks. Your goal can change with time and as you learn about more careers, but having a goal helps you focus and gives you motivation. This test has shown you where your aptitude (i.e. potential to develop the necessary skills) lies, now it is up to you to match your interest and your personality traits to your aptitude, and thus select a career which gives you maximum score on interest + aptitude. Then you will not only be successful, you will also enjoy your work for years and years.

Ensure you have looked into all the different options

  1. List out all possible careers open to you. Explore, search, keep adding to your list.
  2. Group these careers in similar fields (e.g. all to do with technology, all with biology, all people-oriented, all creative fields, etc.)
  3. Find out as much as you can about each one of them, and shortlist those you are interested in. Visualize yourself working for 50-60 years in that career and ask yourself whether you will enjoy the work.
  4. Get to know about the lifestyle in that profession, and how it suits your personality. (If necessary get first hand information from those who are already in that career.
  5. Make a list of careers in order of priority, keep it handy and refer to it time and again. Add and subtract from it if you find out something new.

Match with your own strengths and qualities:

  1. Think of all the positive attributes you have (e.g. good communicator, good with figures, concentration, physical stamina, memory, ability to get along with people), and match it to what we have written in your report.
  2. Then list out all your shortcomings (e.g. not good in spoken English, cannot speak in crowds, hate traveling, cannot see blood, scared of heights, etc.). Areas for improvement have been highlighted in the report.
  3. Start matching how these qualities will affect your work in each of the possible careers that you have listed out, and whether you can make any improvements starting now.

Some important pointers:

  • Level of entry in each field also varies depending on your qualification, ability etc. If you are sure of a career, even if you make a very small beginning at a lower entry level, you will eventually do well and rise up to high levels.
  • It is an era of specialization. It is not enough that you will be an MBA, an IT person, or an engineer. Explore which area of management/ IT/ engineering you will work in.
  • Choices in each field are very wide. For example Karnataka itself offers more than thirty streams of engineering, there are more than twenty five medical and paramedical choices, and dozens of specializations in management alone.
  • You can combine two talents to make a specialized career, and thus you will be unique from your competitors. E.g. you are good at computers and you are also a creative person: You can take up multimedia, computer graphics, web-page design, animation, visual media, to name just a few.

By Ali Khwaja

Career Guidance

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