Choosing a career: Think beyond the IITs and IIMs

Most of the students these days can be seen struggling through their peak years of youth to get into IITs or IIMs. Sadly, in a majority of the cases, it is not the student’s interest but the tremendous amount of pressure by their near and dear ones. The pressure is so overwhelming that many of them suffer permanent trauma if they are unable to get through.

The status of IITs and IIMs have been pumped up to such a level by the society, parents, teachers, and others, that the hysteria associated with it isn’t ringing any alarm in anybody’s mind. On top of all this, Indian society is fixated over socially acclaimed career choices like engineers, doctors, managers, etc. A career in non-conventional professions is not only discouraged but is also looked upon.

Having said that it cannot be denied that securing a seat and graduating from these prestigious institutions makes one a synonym of excellence and success. However, it is high time we open our eyes and see how high the stakes associated with this journey are. It is time we allow and encourage our children to think beyond IITs and IIMs to follow their inclination.

In order to choose an out of the boxing career, a student requires guidance, support, motivation and, time. Parents, teachers, relatives, career counselors and others who are in a position of influencing young minds are the ones who can help the students.

The very first step to being taken in this process is to find a student’s innate capabilities. Every career requires a different set of skills. While a Sales manager might need great leadership skills, an online tutor needs to be able to communicate effectively with his students.  Today, when the internet has become a stage for people from across the globe, there is nothing that goes unnoticed. Even if at first the skill seems to be non-marketable, it is possible to find a way around them with passion and persistence.

Another thing that is of utmost importance in determining the goals. This makes it easier to narrow down the options related to different skill sets. For example, somebody who is a good speaker can choose corporate training or motivational speaking. The choice depends upon what their ultimate life goal is. Is it to earn in certain figures, or to help others, or to be able to travel freely. For, if one pursues a career that doesn’t align with his/her long-term goals, it’s unlikely to ever feel truly satisfied with it.

After narrowing down the options, one can gain a perspective over how things work in the chosen option, in real life. For this, talking with someone who is already working in the field can be extremely helpful. One can also opt for a part-time internship in order to gain a deeper insight.

However, in all the technicalities of choosing the right career, it is not to be forgotten that choosing the right career path is an extremely important task that should never be affected by what others think, believe or approve.