The time to choose a career is a time of great uncertainty, parents, teachers, friends and family ask what are you going to study? And that question feels like an interrogation that puts you between a rock and a hard place. Choosing your career shouldn’t be an impulsive decision to avoid the pressure of someone else’s question and the uncertainty it causes.
Choosing a career can be much more than deciding what to study, you must have a deep understanding of your personality, your tastes, your interests, your environment and your reality, it’s choosing a life project related to you.
For that it’s necessary to know yourself, discover who you are and what you like. It isn’t enough to search for information about careers or take a test that tells you what to study. Your decision will be the end of a personal process and a choice based on the security of knowing you and the careers that exist.
Some strategies to think about who you want to be and how you want to grow are:
1. Take it easy: if you don’t know what your vocation is, if you like many different things or if all your friends have already decided what they are going to study and you keep thinking about what you want to do, don’t worry.
Everyone has their time, give yourself space to choose calmly.
2. Know yourself: Knowing what you like to do, what your interests are, what subjects are easiest and most difficult for you are important to choose something that you enjoy doing and that allows you to unfold your potential.
3. Be realistic: Take into account if to start studying you would have to travel, how much travel time would you have to the place of study and how many hours per day you can dedicate to study. As you reflect, consider whether you will be working while you study and what are the occupations and professions of your family and your environment.
4. Investigate the offer of courses and careers: Traditional careers are the known. However, there are so many more college degrees that may surprise you. Search the internet, visit universities, ask them for information about the careers that interest you. In this way you will choose based on the security offered by knowing in depth the current options and the career you like.
5. Talk to a professional: Talk to a graduate of the careers that interest you to learn about their experience and the field of work of each. With your testimony you can project what your professional future would be like and evaluate if it is something you like.
Por: Sujam Herrera 11c