Choosing a field can be a very tricky decision. According to a study 61% of students would change their field, if they had another chance. There are so many degrees being offered these days, finding the perfect field might be overwhelming. Considering the life-changing potential of this decision, there are multiple factors to be considered while making this decision.
Try approaching a career advisor in your school/college. They have the knowledge and the know-how of the market to properly guide you in this decision. They are equipped with the best tools, plus It is their job to guide you.
Look into all the majors offered by prominent universities and shortlist all the fields you consider suitable. This will dramatically make the process a lot simpler.
Do some research
Do a little research on the fields you have shortlisted. Try seeking advice from professionals of the field and take Google’s help to better understand the field.
Personal experience (what you like)
One of the best ways to self-evaluate yourself is through internships. Real life work experience can clear things up and make the decision-making process simple. Working environment and job descriptions greatly differ from our expectation.
Dream BIG but realist
Choose your career wisely, keep the practicality of the career in mind. Making a decision solely on the basis of what you want to do isn’t a very smart decision. A career in medicine might fancy you, but if science is not your strong subject, consider reconsidering it.
It is not necessary to follow the trend
In this modern age, we have multiple career choices. So, don’t feel restricted by the social norms and perusing what you want to do with your life.
Strengths and weaknesses
Consider your strengths and weaknesses while making this crucial decision. I would strongly recommend playing on your strengths as it will make your life a lot easier in the future.
Take your time
This is one of the most important decisions of your life, so take your time. Try to fully connect and understand yourself, and then build on it to fully assess what you want to do with your life.
Longevity of the career
In recent times, a lot of careers are being replaced by technology and machines, so the inevitable should always be taken into consideration while choosing.
ALWAYS follow what you like
One of the most common mistakes students make why choosing their field, is they tend to just follow the trend and end up regretting their decision later in life. Trends around you should only act as a reference and your decision-making process should never make a decision just because someone else is doing it.
Consequence of choosing the wrong career
Beyond the financial impact, there is to making a poor career choice, wrong career can make you unhappy in life and generally unsatisfied with life. In some cases, it may lead to depression and stress.
the total number of cases of work-related stress and depression in 2015/2016 was 488,000 with a prevalence rate of 1,500 for every 100,000 workers.source