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Do you think you know everything about choosing a career? Many people believe they do but often end up choosing a career that is unsatisfying. That’s because those beliefs are actually myths. That’s right – they are not true! If you want a fulfilling career, you need to know the facts about how to choose one. We dispel 11 myths about choosing a career so you can discover how to do it the right way.
1. Choosing a career is easy
This is completely false. Choosing a career is anything but easy. It is a complex process that you must give the time and attention it deserves. First, you need to learn about yourself, including your skills, interests, work-related values, and personality type. Then you need to collect information about the careers you are considering. Taking these steps will help you make an informed decision about which professions are right for you.
2. A career counsellor can tell you which profession to choose
A career counsellor or any other career development expert cannot tell you which career to choose. He or she can help you learn more about yourself and then tell you which careers are right for you based on that information. You have to do your homework and then make the final decision after considering everything you’ve learned about it. Once you have chosen a career, the counsellor can help you figure out what training you need to achieve your goals and then show you how to successfully search for a job.
3. You cannot make a living with your hobby
Who says you can’t? When choosing a career, it makes perfect sense to choose one that is related to what you enjoy doing in your spare time, if you wish. Just like any other pursuit, don’t forget to research it. You want to make sure it suits you well. There is a big difference between wanting to do something for fun and doing it for a living. It also takes up more of your time.
4. If you don’t find your passion, you will never be happy
You may have heard repeatedly that you have to be passionate about your career to be satisfied. Not true! It’s important to appreciate what you do, but you don’t have to love it. If you can take your passion and turn it into a career, more power to you. You should be most concerned about finding a career that is a good fit for your skills, interests, personality type, and work-related values.
5. You have to count on the lists of the best careers
Every year, especially during milestone years, for example at the beginning of a new decade, numerous articles and books include lists of what “the experts” predict as “hot jobs.” It doesn’t hurt to look at them to see if any of the careers apply to you, but you shouldn’t use the list to dictate your final decision. While the predictions are usually based on valid data, things often change. What’s hot this year may not be in a few years.
6. Making a lot of money will make you happy
While salary is important, it isn’t the only factor to consider when choosing a career. Numerous surveys have shown that money does not necessarily lead to job satisfaction. For many people, enjoying what they do at work is much more important. However, you do need to consider income, among other things, when evaluating a profession. You have to make enough money to pay the bills and live the lifestyle you want.
7. Once you figure out what to do, you will be stuck forever
That is not true. You can change your career if you are not satisfied with it for some reason. You will be in good company. Many people change their careers several times over the course of their lives.
8. Your skills will deteriorate if you decide to make a career change
No matter how often you change careers or jobs, your skills are yours to keep. You can use many of them in different professions. You may not use them in exactly the same way, but you don’t have to worry about losing them.
9. Your best friend’s (or sibling’s) dream career will be yours too
The person you are closest to may have the best career ever. You may think “if it’s good for him or her, it will be good for me.” That could be true, but it may not be true. Even if that other person is someone you have a lot in common with, you may not be able to enjoy the same kind of work. Look at it as carefully as any other profession to make sure it is a good fit for you.