Updated: Nov 12, 2021
by FutureLab | 10 November 2021
At some point in your academic career, you might start thinking about your ideal career path. You will eventually speak to your parents or teachers about what you want to pursue in life. Depending on your background, you may experience multiple setbacks such as geographical location, personal commitments, the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.
Though there are thousands of job opportunities within the 20-kilometer radius of where you're residing, it's still not THE one. Or worse, you're not sure if one of the many jobs can open the door to your successful career.
Some majors have a structured career path; for instance, if you major in the medical industry, there's a high possibility that you will walk down that field: Pharmacist, doctor, physiotherapy, etc. But what if the industry of your choice gives you more freedom to explore various fields. Majoring in media allows you to branch out to multiple areas such as digital marketing, broadcast media, content creator, etc. - you might be feeling unsure of where you want to head in your career journey.
The Hard Truth In Life
School does not prepare you for life.
Excelling in more than 9 subjects is great. Applying them in your working life is even better. Though high school and college are excellent at teaching many valuable skills, our current academic curriculum lacks many aspects necessary to succeed and thrive in life. Such as knowing the ways to be financially responsible and investments, how to think logically and not just memorize information, and how to apply such abilities to real-world scenarios (which are bound to occur).
If you want to excel faster, apply your practices in public
Not everything is by the book. When speaking to professionals from different industry backgrounds; asking additional impromptu questions, the answers are most likely from what they have experienced.
Getting an F doesn't mean you've failed in life.
It's okay if you're not good at everything, although it's easy to give up when things don’t go your way. Because in reality, you will experience failure as you grow, and that's fine. After harvesting your skill sets, you will eventually get that A that you’ve always wanted.
Nobody gets it right the first time.
Don't let the negativity in your mind talk you out of doing the things you love even after failing the first time. Sometimes, it takes a hundred tries to see the end of the tunnel!
Ways To Guide Students:
Provide Job Shadowing Or Internship Opportunities
According to EdTech Digest, 63% of the students said they would've felt more prepared if they could gain professional experience through internships. This is no surprise because with the work landscape shifting all the time, it's more necessary than ever to provide students with a diverse range of experiences both inside and outside the classroom.
As an intern, you perform more hands-on jobs to accomplish your education achievements and gain knowledge from the internship period while being paid or unpaid. At the same time, job shadowing emphasizes observing the people working and accomplishing their day-to-day tasks.
However, the end goal for both internship and job shadowing is to gain industry knowledge and experience to ready themselves in the working world. This move is also effective for students and working professionals who may want to pivot or dive into a particular field by finding out what happens daily.
Help Your Students Connect With People From The Industry
Speaking with someone in a particular industry might also assist your students in figuring out if it's something they want to pursue. Your pupils will get a sense of how they might pursue a career in terms of schooling. In the learning environment, connecting with experienced professionals can help to spark their hard and soft talents.
Help Students Discover Their Interests and Talents
We all naturally gravitate toward pursuits that we enjoy and excel in. They play an essential part in developing our confidence and, in many cases, forming our passion. Having an open mind about trying a variety of interests is the best method for you to uncover your interests and skills. If you're having trouble finding what interests you, make a list of hobbies that encompasses a wide range of physical, intellectual, and creative interests. Once you've made a list, you can look for ways to pursue each of your interests.
Explore Trending Careers
While 2020 has been a year of enormous uncertainty for job seekers, employees, and businesses alike, the post-COVID economy is off to a good start in 2021.
Companies now have a better grasp of their business vulnerabilities and priorities after navigating the impact of COVID-19 on the economy for a year. They now understand how to strengthen their businesses, minimize risks, and develop long-term positioning strategies in the event of a catastrophe.
It's A Competitive Future
Job scopes have been divided into conventional and growing jobs to differentiate which is growing steadily. Artificial intelligence (AI), innovation, automation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and other technological advancements will have an impact on all industries during the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0). The kind of occupations required across all market sectors will alter as a result of Industry 4.0. In a technology-driven work world, students must have the proper abilities to value-add, be creative, compassionate, and engaging.
Although there are thousands of jobs available, finding the career you want to succeed in can be challenging. Our mentors in FutureLab are ready to help you build your career path after graduation and increase the chances of acquiring the job you want.
Get connected with FutureLab
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