Life Changing Track
The dawn of the new millennium has thrown up a plethora of new career opportunities which were hitherto unknown. They have made the task of choosing a career for the youth more confusing and perplexing. The decision at times is fraught with suspense and anxiety, similar to that we see in a gambler, who with trembling solitude throws his dice. This is indeed the most unprofessional way of taking such a vital decision, which has a direct bearing on our lives.
The statistical details on career choices give a fearful picture today. Many youngsters appear for competitive examinations for admission to mostly engineering and medical courses, the so called coveted courses. A large number remain without admission, and choose out of sheer frustration a career that is not of their choice. It is very common to find young people, enamoured by the glamour and razzmatazz of a particular profession opting for it only to have their dream shattered, on discovering that it does not suit them temperamentally.
The choice of a right profession is one of the most dreadful tasks a child has to face in his transition from childhood to adolescence. Today kids are provided with countless career options. The choice of a career should not be made by accident or by sheer force of circumstances. It should be made by foresight and common sense.
It is time for us now to start selecting ‘other’ career lines for our kids and guiding them to learn the art and science of making the choice that is just right for them. A thinking needs to be initiated in favour of other careers that would give the kids equally great opportunities to enjoy success and add value to life. Opting for other careers will open up their minds to greater possibilities and opportunities elsewhere. We must do away with stereotype thinking to make lives richer in terms of satiation of one’s higher and finer urges.
As they say ‘well begun is half done’, for if we have taken the right option, we shall work more assiduously for realizing our dream. It does not matter if we do not get admission into the best of institutions, what matters is that after getting the requisite qualification, we excel in the field which is closest to our heart. We must remember the words of H.W. Longfellow when he says “Life’s battle don’t always go to the stronger and the fastest man. But soon or late the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.”