Career as a noun can be defined as a profession or occupation pursued by a person over a significant period of his life and provides him with opportunities for progress in life. It may involve acquiring special skills or education or training.
Wikipedia defines Career as “AN individual’s journey through learning, work & other aspects of life.”
Herbert Simon defines career as “an honourable occupation which one normally takes up during his/her youth with the expectation of advancement and pursues it until retirement.”
Every individual seems to have a free will as to the choice of his/her career. As soon as a child is sent to elementary school, he starts learning about behavior skills and develop an attitude of responsibility, cooperation and problem-solving through Role-Model technique. If you are going to ask any First-Grade student as to what he would like to be when he grows up, the list would include trades as to what his imagination can make him think of like police, doctor, engineer, teacher, post man, astronaut, mechanic and so on. Over a period of time, the list starts getting shorter and shorter and more specific, and would seem to be influenced by family, friends, educational institutes and the industry trends. It is at this juncture in life, we realize that the child should have been given Career Awareness. The child can do better in the school, if he is able to visualize the connection between education and his future career.
Career Awareness means an understanding of the various options available with a person for his long-term development, professionally as well as individually. If we ask about Career Awareness from the current generation youth, the trend seems to be surprising. The youth today appears to be confused about his future career options, the drop-out rate is very high in educational institutions. The reason may be because they live in a fantasy world or never plan for the future or lack motivation or not able to discover their potential or under the influence of their peers, relatives or parents they choose something which is not their true potential.
It, therefore, becomes apparent that they need a Career Awareness Primer to help them develop a clear understanding of various options available vis-à-vis their potential. It is quite natural that they might get tempted by the trends and jump into a career which might not enable them to exploit their true potential.
As a child, there appear to be many fancy professions as our career choice, but there seems to be a lack of understanding as to what would take us there. It is at this point that the role of Parents, Society, Friends and Educational institution comes into picture.
There will be multiple career paths for you and thousands of jobs available to a willing person but the real challenge in Career Awareness is to find out the option that is of real interest to you in the industry, which can provide a platform for progress, can give you a lifelong monetary as well as personal fulfillment. This awareness does not come as a snapshot in your hands, rather it is a process which needs to be carried on for a period of time and different players have to play their role. A person spends almost 40 years of his lifetime on his work, so it becomes important that an informed decision is taken to make a right choice.
Planning for Career is a conscious process which demands that the person explores himself – “WHO you are, WHERE do you want to go or WHAT do you want to be at some defined point in the future”.
By Ms Rachna Kathuria