Remember These 7 Myths When Deciding On A Career

There are a lot of factors that play into what profession you decide to pick for your career. One factor people always tend to think of is what degree you pursued in college. Whether or not you have a college degree, however, is not necessarily the deciding factor in determining what kind of career you can have, but it can definitely help you acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for said career.

Picking a career and getting on the job hunt is a very stressful process, but being aware of what kind of career you are looking for and having realistic expectations of that career can make the process that much easier. If you are still having trouble deciding on a career, remember to avoid falling for these _ myths in order to pick one that is suitable to your work goals and your personality.

1. It’s easy to find the right job.

Granted, with hundreds of ways for employers to find potential employees available through the internet these days, actually searching for a job has become much easier than it used to be. That being said, most people still run into difficulty finding a good job, mainly because they do not really understand what they are looking for in the first place. When trying to figure out what career you would like to make, first figure out what your skills and interests are. Then try and find a job that utilizes these skills and also goes along with your personality and your values.

2. A career counselor will take care of it.

Career and guidance counselors do know what they are talking about, from their perspective. Their job is to assist you in finding a job that you both enjoy and that fits with your appropriate skill level or set of credentials. But even when they know exactly what company can offer the job you are looking for or how to determine an appropriate career for you, the ultimate decision rests with you.

Again, you need to know your self, know what you are looking for, and be aggressive in your search. Don’t sit around moping and just “thinking” about what you will do or who you will work for, go out and find the job that you want. Do some research into the various industries you are interested in and find out what job positions are available from various companies.

3. You can’t live off your hobby.

Says who? This is America! You can make a living doing practically anything you want, within the confines of the law, and morality of course. All you have to do is carefully consider your skills and personality, and then think outside the box. Granted, striking out on your own to pursue your own dream isn’t easy, and success will not likely come right away, but anything worth doing is not without its share of risk and struggle. Don’t be afraid of societal or family expectations: when you choose your career, choose it for you, not for mom, dad, or anybody else. It’s all you.

4. You have to do something you love.

Although in my personal opinion I would say it’s better to do something you are truly passionate about, you don’t necessarily have to make a career out of it. For example, if you have an outgoing personality and love meeting people and playing music, you could make a career in sales, marketing, event planning, or any other assortment of sociable professions and then play as a local musician in your free time. You can even make an extra buck or two while you do it. As long as you can enjoy what you do based on your work goals and values, you can find satisfaction in your career.

5. Money should be the top deciding factor.

Not necessarily true. Unless your only real goal for your professional career is to make loads and loads of money while putting your self through whatever misery necessary in order to get it, money should never be the only deciding factor in choosing a career path. True, many professions offer higher pay grades than others, but you should not choose to go into a career having only considered how much money you will make.

Granted, you will have to make money to pay bills, but job satisfaction tends to be based largely on many other factors than whether it makes you rich or not. Just remember, in order to make the big bucks you have to go out and do your job everyday, no questions asked. So if you are thinking of something you don’t believe you would enjoy doing on a daily basis, I would suggest thinking carefully.

6. You should do what your siblings/friends do.

Don’t let the career paths of others influence you too directly when it comes to choosing your own career. You might see your friends and siblings in jobs that they really enjoy and assume that, because they enjoy it, you will too, but that isn’t always the case. Your friends and siblings are individuals too, and what work they enjoy, they do so because of their own personalities and interests. So consider your own interests when deciding on a job and don’t just follow in the footsteps of others, or go the “safe” route.

7. Media is always accurate.

Never base your career interest on what you have seen on TV or in the movies. Often times, these actual professions are not what they seem in the media, and you will be in for major disappointment when reality hits you. This is why it is especially important to do some research before you decide to accept a job offer: participate in an internship, or spend a day shadowing someone in the profession, and figure out what things are like in real life. You will then have a much better understanding of the professional world and where you will best fit in it.