It is not surprising when we hear from students that they have no career plan. They are confused about what they want to be or what they want to become right after their class 10th examination. Not many students have a set plan or goal when they enter in their final 2 years of school.
And how can they be expected to make such a decision when they are just merely 15 or 16 years old. Yes, they have reached the age of adolescence but to expect them to make a decision with which they will have to live throughout their life is a scary thought for anyone in their position.
The state of confusion lasts a very long time. It is not easy to determine which stream will be best for you. But tell me, how can anybody make such a tough decision in such a short time?
Challenges to overcome at every step forward
Even when a person chooses a stream, second thoughts are going on in their mind! Yes, some people know exactly what they want to be but what the parents do not realize is that every child is different. One should embrace such differences and help your child make an informed decision.
One of the most common blunders anyone makes when choosing a stream is to succumb to peer pressure. Just because a friend or a relative is pursuing a stream does not mean that you are to choose the same stream. Their goal may be different from yours. And even if you don’t have a goal yet does not mean that you follow into someone else’s shoes.
Career planning is quite a task! And many people even after becoming graduates have no career plan and are still clueless as to what they wish to do in their lives. Yes, one must have some goal or objective but it is not always the case.
It is not always wrong to be late
Students who do not have a motive do not lead a clueless life always. It is just that a few people take more time in deciding their career path than others. A few wrong turns might slow down your journey but that does not mean that you will never reach your destination.
A story to get inspired by
My friend, Sudha also faced many ups and downs. She was a bright student right from her childhood. Although mathematics was her weak point. Sudha joined tuitions and worked extra hard in her class 10th examination to get good marks.
Her efforts bore fruits when she got the first distinction in mathematics. Sudha was ecstatic with her performance and so were her parents. All her hard work had paid off.
The stage of the important decision
Now, a very important decision was to be made soon. Science interested her and biology fascinated her. So, even though she was not fond of mathematics she opted for it as her subject. This decision of hers was due to the impression that since she scored well in 10th she can manage to score well in her following school years as well.
But that was not the case. Soon after she started her 11th standard she felt pressurized and burdened. The science stream itself is a very demanding field and to top it all she had taken mathematics and biology as well.
We both were very close friends and had the same subjects, except for biology. So, I tried to help her with her studies. I initially tried to persuade her to drop maths and focus on cracking the entrance for medical as she loved biology. But she did not pay any heed to my suggestions.
The year passed and so did we. By mid-12th, Sudha was completely exhausted. She failed mathematics and decided to drop the subject. Though she scored well in her other subjects in the board examinations but was unable to get into a med school. She had lost interest in the science stream and did not wish to stick to the stream.
The true calling
Sudha finally decided to do a degree in the English language. She completed her Honours degree in English last year from a prestigious college in Delhi University and is now doing a course to become a teacher.
What can I say? I am delighted that my friend has finally discovered her true calling. Maybe she had to face a lot of difficulties but she has emerged as a victor.
She stumbled through her final school years but is now happy and content with what she is doing. And isn’t that all that we want to be? Happy and content with our life and the decisions we make in it.
Sudha is not famous. But Parineeti Chopra is! She is an amazing actress. But did you know? She was an investment banker before her debut as an actress in Bollywood.
You can always switch professions
She holds a triple honors degree in business, finance, and economics from Manchester Business School. But after discovering her talents she switched her profession and chose to become an actress instead.
Do you love animated movies and miss watching your favorite old cartoon shows? Well, I do! So the first name that pops into my mind is Walt Disney. It might interest you to know that Walt Disney was a newspaper editor before he founded his company.
Life isn’t so hard
Isn’t that cool? Life has funny ways of making things work and in the end, everything works out just fine. So, sometimes no career plan is a plan in itself.
It may sound a bit cliché but all’s well that ends well! So even if you have no career plan set right now it does not make you any less worthy of anything. It just means that you will take a little more time to figure out what you want from yourself and your life.
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