The Choice of a Career or a Profession:
Everyone has to make a choice of career or profession at one stage or another. It depends upon many factors such as one’s taste and temperament and aptitude, training and qualifications, knowledge and experience, background and resourcefulness. As such it needs a lot of cool thinking and careful planning. As young persons are immature to make a right choice of a career, a heavy responsibility lies on the shoulders of their parents and educationists to guide them. No doubt, in some public schools and universities vocational guidance facilities have already been provided. But they are not adequate enough to meet the needs of the youngsters.
There are many professions available for a young person such as law, medicine, engineering, government and private posts, high executives in trade and commerce and industry, besides a large number of petty posts. The higher posts require technical, expert professional know-how and experience.
As said above, the choice of a career or a profession must be according to one’s taste and temperament, aptitude and outlook. It is wrong to suppose that everybody who studies law or medicine would be a successful lawyer or a capable doctor. The same thing holds good in trade and commerce, engineering and films. A thin and lean man with a sickly disposition will be in the army like a round peg in a square hole. One who loves books and has a fascination for research will form a good scholar, while another who has a keen power of observation, a sharp eye and a steady hand would be a successful doctor or surgeon. One living in a village cut off from the city would be contented with the life of a farmer or a petty shopkeeper, while another possessing ready wit, debating capacity and a judicious mind would form a successful statesman or an eminent advocate.
In the good old days, the choice of a career or a profession was not a problem because of the absence of any cut-throat competition and the limited needs of the people. But now the situation has changed. Even for an ordinary post, there are thousands of applicants. Moreover, the present age is the age of specialization and expertise. The result is that there is keen competition in all walks of life. Without expert knowledge and high technical qualifications, it is futile to dream of producing a good poet. The choice of a career or a profession has to be made at an early stage, particularly at the Higher Secondary Stage and work steadily to acquire high technical qualifications and experience.
Some other important factors in the choice of a career or a profession are the financial resources of a candidate and the recommendations that he can command. Some careers require heavy financial investment in the training. A strong recommendation also counts much in some technical, medical and other institutions. But the students who like to adopt such profession must have high mental calibre.
Last but not least requirement for attaing a high post is intelligence and diligence, strong will-power, honesty of purpose and prompt despatch of work. Sympathy and understanding, fair dealings with others, patience and fortitude are some of the other virtues that a high officer must possess.