or did your job pick you?
1. Money is the motivation.
2. Following in parent or family member footsteps
3. Looking only at occupations that fall into the “hot” job markets or trends
Money is a huge motivator for a lot of high school students as they enter college for the first time and have to declare a major. Their minds are set on dollar signs and all the things dollar signs can do for them. They envision a nice car, living in a nice part of town, wearing the latest shoes, and eating and drinking at the restaurants they like. Nothing is wrong to have those dreams and goals, but it does become problematic when money is the prime motivator for picking your major that you will do for the rest of your life. You can have a great salary and still be miserable.
Next, people look to their immediate family members and simply repeat what they see and attempt to replicate their careers. So, if dad, the favorite uncle and the cousins are all doctors – then it seems likely that you should be a doctor as well. People very often tend to copy what they see or what they have exposure to. The problem with this is that your uncle may be a great doctor because he is compassionate, loves a challenge and his number one value is to help others. Being a physician may not be a good fit for you if you like to work outdoors with your hands and prefer to be alone and think. It does not mean that you do not have the intellectual smarts to be a doctor or the capability – it means that it may not be a fit for you based on your personality, skills, interest, and values.
Lastly, students often choose their major by whatever is the hottest, growing trend in careers. There is a list published every year from multiple sources that list the top ten jobs that are trending in the job market for the next ten years. Again, these jobs represent those that have the best outlook in availability, salary and accessibility. But just because it is on the “hot trends” list means that it is the job for you.
All career decisions are individual and personal.
What is a good fit for one person is not necessarily a good fit for the next person?
A career assessment that takes an individual approach to highlight the person’s personality, skills, and interests is the best foundation to use in career exploration and selection. Remember, that you will spend 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week for the next 40 years in this career! Stand on a solid foundation by doing a career assessment today!