Students and people with many years of professional experience often choose a career without critically examining their impressions and perceptions about a particular job. It is usually based on someone else’s attitude towards a specific profession, not understanding what is right and what is not.
Career planning and selection are often based on limited and, in many cases, inaccurate information. Rarely are people who spend time introspecting and gathering information to develop viable career options. If your gaze is limited, you may lose a hidden but ideal career situation.
Career myths are everywhere, and the key to success is testing hypotheses and critically analyzing the information you know about a job or industry. There is a significant risk in allowing assumptions to become the basis of career choices. The consequences can lead to a career in which you have little interest and a warm passion—a recipe for disaster.
Some give up job aspirations because of misconceptions about careers. They don’t look at careers because they’ve been told that “there’s no money in it.” Listening to others without provoking erroneous beliefs can cause you to give up your dream job.
Career choices or changes should be approached critically and with an open mind. Here are four tips to make the right choice:
- Check all your hypotheses: you may have only some of the correct information along with comments from family and friends. Study everything and do thorough research to find out as much as you can about a career. Also, stay flexible as your research will no doubt reveal other promising discoveries.
- Get information about your career from various sources: If you are currently in school, discuss a job with a counselor or teacher. Search the Internet for relevant information. Find someone who is currently working on a promising career and call them to schedule a short interview. Attend job fairs and discuss careers with recruiters.
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- Critically analyze all information about your career. Be a critical thinker when examining your research. Think about the sources of information, are there any contradictions? Maybe some more research needs to be done.
- Try career ideas: if you are still in school, consider applying for an internship in your chosen field. If possible, a part-time job in an industry will give you a better understanding of both the job and the industry. If you still have career problems, continue your research. If the proposed career looks less than attractive, continuing education will point you in the right direction.
First of all, don’t choose your career based only on evidence or anecdotal rumors. When you choose your career based on reliable information, you will advance much further in your career, you will enjoy it more, and you will be happy that you have taken the time to research and analyze your job correctly.