Hey everyone. So, we’re in school and in front of us is a major intersection. It’s that time in our lives when we have to choose one out of possibly 3 different paths and we are stressing. At this stage frankly we’re not so sure of what we like and what we want to become, but the choice needs to be made nevertheless. So, in this video I will give you three things –
- the Top in-demand professions that you can follow with each of the streams
- Simple 5 steps to help us make the right choice
- the wrong reasons to choose
We were this fast paced world that had entered the fourth industrial revolution and suddenly this pandemic hit us. Many professions will suddenly go through changes. In fact, it may be safe to say that in about 10-15 years from now, the popular careers, might not even exist today.
So the goal is to be nimble and skilled. In this video I will give you the popular careers today and how to choose. But before that, I want to talk about how we need to make ourselves ready for any change and any challenge.
Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic coined a term called ‘Talent Stack’. It’s the idea that you can combine normal skills until you have the right mix of skills to become extraordinary.
An example is Scott himself. He’s not the best artist — there are better artists than him. He’s not much of a business expert and he had never taken a college-level writing class. Yet, he created Dilbert, a famous comic strip that appears in 65 countries. Scott is said to have a net worth of $75 million.
The key is to keep acquiring new skills all through life. It may be design skills or writing skills or any other and you never know when these skills will come in handy and help you succeed.
Now let’s look at What To Do After 10th – Science, Commerce or Arts
STEP-1: In-Demand Professions
I have put together for you a list of some of the popular career choices today. Like we discussed, these keep changing frequently, but this list will help you get a view on the landscape.
Here are few in-demand professions from each SCIENCE, COMMERCE and ARTS.
|Civil services /
|Cost and Management
Sports Psychology /
|Certified Financial Planner
|Media – journalism /
communication/ PR /Advertising
Private Equity /
|National security agencies like FBI/
|Financial Analyst /
|Marketing and sales jobs
|With language skills
Additionally there are jobs like business management and teaching that can be undertaken with any specialisation
STEP-2: Methods to select our Profession
Now, we have a list of professions, but which one is best for me? I got a rough idea but not sure and confident about it. So, let’s clear the dilemma using 5 best techniques and one bonus technique.
- Research- Even if you have a rough idea of some of your preferred professions. Detailed research over various sources like the internet, newspapers, magazines will give you far more clarity and confidence over your decision. You can search for “A day in the life of a Fashion Designer or a Physiotherapist etc” and get a snapshot of the daily voyage of a profession. Income range and demand in your state or country should also be one of your research criteria.
- Sample Participation- It’s like tasting the sample before buying the packet. So, how about you pick up some internships. You could shadow a professional, volunteer for some events, try learning a language. You could help out a small business owner or manage some small events in the house, maybe try maintaining a record of your shopping budget etc can give you a great idea or taste of the actual profession and better decision making.
- Interview- Here’s where your family, relatives or friend could help you. A small chat or conversation with the practising professionals can give you a detailed understanding of the real-life exercise. We have a number of interviews on our channel across various careers, you can watch them to get an idea of what the profession entails.
- IKIGAI- it’s a Japanese concept which helps you to understand your purpose for a long, healthy and satisfying life. Any work that you love, what you are good at and could be paid for and the world needs at the same time is your IKIGAI. Shuffle around your desired profession with these criteria to find your IKIGAI.
- Peer Feedback- What do people say you are good at? What do they praise you for or ask help for? Ask your group of friends what your strength is, and tell them theirs. Ask them what they would like to learn from you and tell them what you would like to learn from them – do this with cousins, parents or anyone who knows you well and cares for you – then you will know what is your real strength.
Not enough? Here’s one bonus technique
- PROS and CONS list- Pros and Cons list is a great help when you are confused between two or three professions. You can create a P&C list and give an overall score for each profession and compare it with another profession.
STEP-3: Wrong Reasons to Choose
It is inevitably true that there are multiple forces around us to influence our decisions. Consciously-Unconsciously we might fall upon the negative influences which could affect our diagnostic mind. So, here are 4 of the influences we should be careful about regarding this decision.
- Marks: I got 92% marks in my boards so definitely Science. Oh No! I got only 75%! I have to take Commerce now! There is no such formula as Good Marks= Great interest in the subject. Imagine the topper of the class scoring highest marks in the Physical Education examination too. Definitely, it doesn’t ensure his expertise as a good player. Similarly, a very good basketball player in the class could also score well in English subject but cannot decide to be a writer just with reference to those marks. So, even though it gives a hint of your inclination towards your interest but not a blind-fold conclusion.
- Persuasive influence of friend’s, family or institution: Maybe you scored 40% in your Physics paper but your family of engineer’s wants you to continue their tradition. Or maybe your best friend is taking commerce but you love languages.
Think again, if this is your case, remember what Warren Buffet has to say,
“We enjoy the process far more than the proceeds.” So, try to keep the process as the focal point of your decision instead of any unsustainable goals. For example, The process of becoming a doctor as well as the process or life after becoming a doctor.
Even if you have helping hands around you to achieve that goal, remember that your success will depend on your own degree of commitment to the field.
- Fancy fictitious idea: Is your choice of stream or profession in reference to some shows, movies or news? Remember, Movies and Shows generally exaggerate and dramatize their content to attract viewership and don’t give a clear picture of the reality. Even though some movies are a great source of career inspiration, Let’s do our own research before we draw our conclusion.
- Money and Fame: Undoubtedly money should be taken care of but shouldn’t be our major deciding factor. Quick experiment. Drop a piece of bread in one of your rooms and the same amount of sugar in another room and let’s see what attract the ants faster. It’s very simple, better the quality or expertise in your work, more the demand for it. So, the focus should be on achieving the quality/expertise or sweetening the product, money and appraisal are just the ants.
Once you get a clear idea of what you want to pursue as a profession or your destination. The best stream is the one which helps you fulfill your dreams. Happy Journey.