1. I have to know what career I want to choose before I apply to university.
We’re young. The likelihood of us choosing a career right now and sticking to it is very low. You’ll go through multiple phases of “What am I doing with my life?’ and “Is this the career for me?”. Chances are most of us will change our minds multiple times before it actually comes time to get a steady job. You’ll also very often ask yourself “How do I know I’m making the right career decision?”. Simply, you don’t. But nothing is set in stone and being undecided is okay. If you feel you might want to change your mind, try to make sure you at least have some sort of temporary money-making plan.
2. A university degree is a must if I want a good job.
There are plenty of paths to follow if you can’t afford university or simply don’t think it’s for you. One option for you to look at might be entrepreneurship: providing a service that doesn’t already exist where you think it might be helpful (much like what our very own Tanishq Kumar has done!). Turn a passion or a bright idea into a business opportunity. Other options might include defense training, apprenticeships, or workplace training.
3. Once I have a job, I’ll have it forever.
Technology changes, people get bored, economies fall. All of these might be completely normal contributing factors to you changing your path. Make sure you keep up to date with all the methods and technology in your field. Retrain yourself if you feel you’re losing touch with what you’ve already learned. Airplane technicians, mechanics, teachers, and doctors all have to keep learning in order to stay with the times. Most of all, teach yourself that change is expected.
4. I have to do what my parents and teachers tell me because they know the work field better than I do.
Yes, they’ve been through it before and they understand it better, but they shouldn’t have more control over your choices than you do. Take their advice under consideration but don’t let their opinions overshadow yours. Share your concerns and ask questions. Remember that they just want what’s best for you. Do your own research to show you’re capable of making informed decisions. CareerFear is here to help students get a glimpse into what it might be like to work in a field.
5. If things don’t go according to plan, I am a failure.
Failures happen. Life can be fair, it can be unfair. Very rarely do things actually go according to plan. You are not the only person who has failed and all you can do is get back up and try again. A lot of the time, failures bring their own opportunities. They also teach you valuable life lessons, such as overcoming adversity and sticking to what you believe in.
Radeeyah Ebrahim, Director of Blogging & Outreach