Redefining Career Choices

2018-09-08
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You will be judged by what major you choose during college (trust me). Perhaps this is the reason why most people are reluctant in choosing a degree that is not a usual choice or that does not immediately pertain to the public interest. I use the word public interest and not the job market because the public expectations are what make students ambivalent in most cases  perusing their own interests. Another aspect of this predicament is the social stigmas of status and prestige attached to certain degrees. These two factors impel students to pursue subjects such as engineering or medical sciences and refrain from opting Arts, Humanities or Social sciences.

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 Ideas on paper always sound convincing and revolutionary but in real-world scenarios, the things work in a different way. It is a well-known verity that an Engineering degree holds much more value than a simple Bachelor’s degree, a Med. student has better future prospects (apparently) than an Arts student. These facts can not be denied but on the same grounds, a reality check is essential. The engineering field has become so saturated in Pakistan that it has become a nightmare for engineers to find jobs that they deserve after four years of taking painstakingly difficult exams, completing assignments and meeting deadlines for final year projects. They feel violated when they are offered jobs at surprisingly low wages. The field of medical sciences is no different as well. The cost of getting a medical degree in the private sector amounts to Lacs and let’s be honest most of the students can not afford that.In addition to this, some doubts have been raised about the transparency regarding admissions in these institutions as well. Furthermore, the students who secure admissions in private medical colleges are not competitive enough and end up becoming - let’s admit it - lousy doctors. These predicaments have their roots in the social status and prestige attached to these careers, whereas in reality other occupations and disciplines hold equal importance in building a society.

 

While there is nothing wrong with choosing to stay in the safe zone, it is equally important for individuals to challenge themselves and pursue their interests. It requires courage and most importantly a significant amount of self-motivation – but once the journey starts the path automatically becomes clearer and clearer. Many realists might argue that these notions only seem enticing on paper and on practical grounds they hold little to no value at all, however as a Humanities graduate .

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