Most people believe they know the correct way to choose a job, but they end up picking a career that they really don’t like. Below is are ten myths about choosing the perfect career.
#1 Choosing a career is easy
In reality, choosing the right career is a long process and you need take the time to really research it. Career planning is a process that requires learning about yourself and the jobs that you want so you can make an educated decision.
#2 A career counsellor will tell me what occupation is right
A career counselor can’t tell you which career is right for you. Only you have the answer to that. However, he or she can give you suggestions based on your interests and skills.
#3 I can’t make a living from my hobby
When you are picking a career, it’s a good idea to choose one that relates to your interests. Your chances of sticking with it are higher when you take this route. Many people become very good at their hobbies, even though the majority of their skills are gained without training.
#4 I should choose a career from a “Best Careers” list
Every year, there are many articles that list what experts think will be the next “hot jobs.” Of course, you can take a look at these jobs to see if any of the careers work for you you, but don’t let the list decide for you. The “predictions” are generally based on researched data, but things can change. You should also take your interests and skills into consideration when you are choosing your career. Just because the job is the next big thing, it doesn’t mean it’s right for you.
#5 Making a lot of money will make me happy
Yes, a good salary is important, but it shouldn’t be the only reason for your career choice. Surveys suggest that money doesn’t always create job satisfaction. For most people, loving what they do is more important than how much they make doing it. You do, however, need to take your salary into consideration because you still have bills to pay.
#6 Once I choose a career, I’ll have to do it forever
This isn’t true. If you become unhappy with your career, for whatever reason, you always have the option to change it. A lot of people have changed careers many times.
#7 If I change careers my skills will go to waste
You will never lose those skills. You can use them in any job in one form or another. You most likely won’t use them the same way, but they won’t go to waste.
#8 If someone I know is happy in a particular field, I will be too
What works for one person usually doesn’t work for another because everyone is different. Everyone has different skills and different interests. If someone you know is working in a field that you have an interest in you can take a look at it, but you may find it’s just not a good fit for you.
#9 All I have to do is pick an occupation, and things will fall into place
There’s a lot more work to do after you find the right career for you. A Career Action Plan will help you choose a career, get you hired and reach your long-term career goals.
#10 I can’t learn about an occupation until I actually work in it
First hand experience is one of the best ways to learn about a job, but there are certainly other ways to find out about them. Try reading up on it or possibly talking to others who work in that field.
Don’t let these myths get the better of you when you are looking into a new career or career change. Look at all of your options and find the right fit for you.