Friday, 01 May 2015 13:36

How to Choose the Right Career

 There’s that time in life where you actually have to stand at the four-crossing and choose a road that will fill your pockets with joy and happiness. Yes, we are talking about that road where the destination is your career. The road to this destination can be hard however with the right advice; you can reach your destination with less difficulty. And the good news is your very own Youth Street News has taken the initiative to throw out some pointers at you so that the road is easier, after much research of course. What you need to do is a little bit of hard work, some planning, and some serious self-reflection to get your dream job. You can then set a road for yourself towards a fruitful, fulfilling career that can provide for you and your family. Sounds good? Read on:

1. Consider what you have always wanted to become; your dream career: Many wise men have said that if you’re trying to choose a career, you should think about what you would do if you didn’t have to work. If you had tons of money and you could do anything with it, what would you do? Your answer to that particular question may actually give you an idea on what you would like to do for more than half of your life. 

 If being a “rockstar” is your thing, consider going into audio engineering or music composition or lessons that cater to your choice of musical instrument/instruments. These careers are easier to pursue, however you need to consider the financing and the job market structure involved in these types of career. For sure, once the initial phase of the struggle is done, you have yourself the “time of your life” phase. 

If you get fascinated by the movie scene and want to be an actor, consider going into film and Television institutes or get a mass communication degree. You can get a degree in communications or work your way up the chain of command in a local news or other television studio and get experience with acting career.

If you are one of those people who actually have a “list of places to travel”, you might want to think about becoming an airline steward or stewardess. You get a good pay and also, you can pursue your dream of traveling the globe.

2. Do you have a list of hobbies? There you go:  Think about it. It is pretty easy to turn your hobbies or something that you love doing into a future career. You may not have realized it but many hobbies relate to real world professional needs and positions. Think of what you like to do and how that might fit into a career.

Let us take the example of playing video games. If you like playing those awesome games, why not become an awesome video game designer or a programmer or even a QA specialist. Think of it in serious terms. If you like drawing or art, become a graphic designer. You get a handsome amount for being one as well. If you are a sports enthusiast, consider going into teaching or getting certified as a coach in your interest of that game.

3. Do you get hit with random school throwbacks? Nail it there:  You might not have been a nerd all the way in school but certain subjects in school translate well into future careers. It may require more schooling than other type of careers but surely, keep it in mind. Your favorite class in high school could very well launch you into your future career but you have to be willing to work for it.

For example, if you had chemistry with physics, you can become a scientist or an astronaut. Your interest in Chemistry can take you forward to a future career as a lab technician or a pharmacist. English classes gave you that zeal; consider becoming an editor or a copywriter. If you enjoyed math, consider becoming an actuary or an accountant.


1. Look into the set of skills that you possess. There will be some things that you are extremely good at. Consider those skills or that particular skill. Fixing or making things can lead you to a great career in the future. The schooling process that you have experienced may or may not be vital however skilled labor is often in demand in most of the companies out there. 

Professions like carpentry, auto repair, construction and electrical work often need people who are good at fixing things or people skilled with focused hands. These jobs usually bring economic stability to one’s lifestyle. Other skills, such as cooking, can also lead to becoming great Chefs.

2. Interpersonal skills are also very rewarding. Your skills of helping and communicating with other people can lead you to become a grand executive in most companies. Roles like marketing executives, social workers, business development executives, sales representatives, human resource managers and many other such positions demand these set of skills in the job market today. 

If you take pleasure in helping and taking care of people, nursing or an administrative assistant or office manager can be your stop to a passionate career.

3. It is always good to seek help if you are unaware of your skills. It is possible that you are not able to decide on your set of good skills or even confused with so many things that you like. Don’t hesitate. Ask a family member or your parents or your friends. You can even ask your teacher about their views on you and your skills. You can also visit a career consultant if you are not able to conclude after asking so many people. Take a step forward to know things about yourself so that you can derive at the profession that you’d be good at. Their ideas you get from your advisors might surprise you!

Current State

1. Know yourself. Figuring out what you should do with your life may sometimes require you to get to know yourself better. If you want a career that will really make you happy, you need to have a very good understanding of what you want and what you enjoy. For some people, this means taking some time off to decide what’s important to them.

There is nothing wrong with this, so don’t feel bad. It’s more important that you figure your life out as early as possible, rather than getting knee deep in a career which makes you hate your life.

2. Financial situation. Your ability to pursue or change careers may hinge on your financial situation. Some career paths require special schooling and this is sometimes expensive. However, you should not feel that being poor bars you from getting the education you want. There are lots of government programs to help you pay for schools, as well as scholarships, grants, and apprenticeship programs.

3. The education you will have as you enter a career. It is important to consider what education you already have or will have as you begin pursuing a career. If finances may bar you from pursuing more schooling, you may need to consider what you already have. It may also be necessary to stick with your existing high school or college degree if there are time limitations or other restrictions. If you find that you are limited to jobs relating to the degree you already have, consult with a career counselor to find out what options are available to you.

4. Are you returning to school? If restrictions do not bar you from pursuing more schooling, you may want to consider this option. Not everybody excels in school or needs a traditional college education, but most career paths have associated training which you can do and will help you advance more quickly.

Technical colleges, for example, may be a good option for those who would prefer not to pursue a traditional education.

5. Research more. If you're still confused, consider doing more research on this topic. You can find more helpful information here or consult with your adviser or college of choice.


1. Easy access to a career. Consider what career options are available for you to easily move into. These would be careers in which you have both the necessary skills and an “in”. Examples would be working for the same company as one of your parents, working for a family business, or working for a friend. If your options are limited, choosing a career in which you can quickly enter may be your best option.

2. Future financial security. One of the most important things to consider is if the career path you’re choosing will provide you with an acceptable level of financial security. In other words, will you be able to make enough money to support yourself and your family?

Remember, this doesn’t have to be a lot of money or enough money by somebody else’s standards. All that matters is that it’s enough for you and what you want for your life.

3. Future job stability. It is also important to consider a future career’s stability. Job markets fluctuate as society needs different things at different times. Certain jobs are also always in demand or frequently unstable. You will need to consider if the career you choose is stable enough for you and your desires for the future.

For example, many people recently went into law school and racked up often in excess of $100,000 in school debt because they thought they’d be making a very high wage in the future. However, law positions are not in demand as much the last few years and now those people have huge debts and no way to pay them.

Another example is working as a writer or any career based on freelance work. You may sometimes have plenty of work but there may be years when you have almost nothing. Working in this way requires a certain level of determination and discipline and is not for everybody.

4. The Occupational Outlook Handbook. One way for you to gauge if a career option is a good idea is to look it up in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. This is a guide, compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which looks at what kind of education is required for different jobs, how much people in those careers make on average, and how much the demand for that job is likely to increase or decrease.

“Holding up for your interest while considering the financial stats, is the best way to pursue a career. You need not just consider one or many options but look for something that best suits you.” says Roland Scott, a senior career consultant in a recruiting firm. Johanna, a professional model quoted, “I took 5 years to decide what I want in life, in terms of my career. It was hard for me as I looked for an easy option however now I do realize that it is a matter of situation and scenario.” 


  • People rarely know right away what career they should be in and it takes most people several years to settle into the path they will follow. Don’t feel like you’re behind!
  • If you don’t like your career, change it! Sometimes it takes more work, especially if you’re older, but it’s possible for anyone.
  • It’s not the end of the world if you choose a career that isn’t something you dreamed of doing ever since you were little. If you have a job that doesn’t make you miserable but which securely provides for your and your family’s future, you will be surprised how happy you feel about your life and career.


  • Be wary of jobs offered overseas. Thoroughly research any company before traveling to take a job. At best you can get worst, dead.
  • Be wary of any job which promises easy money. There is rarely any such thing.
  • Don’t get pulled into a Ponzi scheme or any other similar con. These can land you in debt or even prison.



Careers After 12th

Now that you know what interests you through the above, YSN presents you a list of career and college options after you complete your 12th standard. Read on:

  1. Engineering

Engineering is all about the jargons like invent, build, design, process, improve, system, material, devices, machines among others. You can opt for the engineering branch from the following:

Electrical Engineering

Electronics & Communication Engineering


Computer Science and Engineering

Civil Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Electrical & Electronics Engineering

 Food Technology

Textile Engineering

Chemical Engineering


Aeronautical Engineering

Agricultural Engineering

Petroleum Engineering


  1. Medical

Career in medical sciences is one of the sought after option after 12th standard. It offers prospective career opportunities in, MBBS apart there are a lot of options in the healthcare field. Given below are the career options in medical:









Medical Lab Technician

     Occupational Therapy

  1. Management

Management is becoming one of the popular career options among the students as the percentage of getting a lucrative job is higher. Management involves overall functioning and administration of an organization. Below are the career options in Management.



BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration

Marketing Management

International Business Management

Finance Management

Human Resource Management 

Operation Management

Event Management

Retail Management



  1. Arts & Humanities

Students of Arts & Humanities can choose a career from a wide range of courses. One can choose in the field law, management, media, design, arts, dance, music and what not all. The job prospects nowadays for students taking up this field in on the rise. The following are few of the courses one can pursue:



BA (Hons)

Animation & Multimedia

Mass communication

Fashion Designing & Technology

Textile Designing

Law Courses

Visual arts

Literary arts

Performing arts

Aviation & Hospitality Management

Hotel Management & Catering



  1. Science

The students having studied science till 12th standard have a choice of wide range of career choices. The Science students can go in any field of their likings, we all know that. Given below are few of the career choices:.



B.Sc (Hons)






Yogic Science

Chemical Technology




  1. Commerce

Commerce is all about business that includes economical part like legal, social, exchange of money, services between person to person and companies. Given below are some of the choices for Commerce students:


CA (Chartered Accountant)

CS (Company Secretary)

CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst)



Which university you should choose


The above write-up must have given you a specific idea of which courses you can go for. And to pursue the aforesaid mentioned programs, you can seek admission to the given below universities in India and abroad. YSN presents you the Top 10 universities, after thorough research by our enthusiastic team. 


Top 10 Universities in India


1. Delhi University, Delhi 

2. Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

3. University of Calcutta, Kolkata

4. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

5. University of Mumbai, Mumbai'

6. Anna University, Chennai

7. University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad

8. Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh

9. Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi

10. Panjab University, Chandigarh




Top 10 Universities Abroad


  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States
  2. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  3. Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  4. Harvard University, United States
  5. University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  6. UCL (University College London), United Kingdom
  7. Stanford University, United States
  8. California Institute of Technology (Caltech),United States
  9. Princeton University, United States
  10. Yale University, United States



The bottom line is, if you want to pursue a successful career and soar high in life, follow your passion and interests. So now, you know what to do with your career. Goodluck! 

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