4 Myths of Choosing a Career

What's the right way to go about choosing your future path? The profile test says this... must I go with it? Is passion really everything? Or will earning truckloads of money make up for the lack of passion? With so many myths out there, some of us are often misled by what seems to be the "right" choice. Here are four myths to clear the air with before you proceed to make that important decision.

Myth 1: My career tests and consultants must be right.

Profile tests and career consultants can only help you better understand the direction you are inclined towards but not make the career choice for you. Results from profile tests and career consultants are based on certain questions, which might not paint the whole picture. So it is wise to assess them with caution. Critically examine the findings based on your own experience and compare them to your understanding of yourself before coming to your own conclusion.

Myth 2: There is only one job for me. What if I get into the wrong one and get stuck there forever?

There are several plausible career choices for everyone and each of them have the potential to be a satisfying path for you. Once you have narrowed down your areas of interest, you will find a number of related or relevant jobs.

Also, even within the same field, there are many options to choose from. Explore each of them, compare their pros and cons, and match them to your ideal criteria such as a good work-life balance or vibrant corporate culture before you delve into one. This will increase the chance of you hitting the jackpot. Even if you don't get it right the first time, remember that it is a ongoing process. As you progress through the various stages of your life, your needs and wants might change and affect your career choice accordingly.

Myth 3: I have no academic background in the area I'm interested in. They would not employ me.

Some employers might prefer to employ applicants with relevant academic background related to their choice of career as they are believed to be able to better hit the ground running. However, if you are able to demonstrate relevant work-related experience such as through part-time jobs or internships, you stand a pretty good chance as well.

Nonetheless, there are still fields that require specific technical skills such as in medicine or mechanical engineering, and one would be unlikely to enter them unless they further their studies in that area.

Myth 4: I should only go for a job I have strong skills in.

Besides skills and experience, interest in the job and values you hold dear are just as important in making your decision. You might not enjoy something that you are good at for a career. The same way, you might be average at something you would love doing for the rest of your life. However, that should not stop you from taking the job up and honing your skills while at it.

Remember, career planning is an ongoing process that must be based on self-understanding rather than following recommendations from others or relying on luck to land on the right choice. It might also change as you grow older and wiser, so keep your mind open and reassess as and when you feel it is necessary.

Related links: Sourcing for Jobs in Singapore, Reviewing a Job Offer, Choosing a Career: Money or Passion?
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