Which career path to choose when you are not sure what you want to do?

The decision to choose the right career option is something that we all need to make once in our lives and believe me, that one choice can absolutely make or break your life. So, if you have just passed out of school and are not sure what is it that you want to do in life, Voila! you’ve come to the right place. Here is a little career guide to help you succeed in your life-:

1.) When in doubt, choose a generalist course-: Choosing a generalized and not a specialized course is the way to go when you have a vague understanding of what it is that you want to do. For instance, if you have an interest in Humanities but are not sure if it is Anthropology, social studies or creative writing that interests you, then, it is a good idea to choose a broader ‘Arts Degree’ that will allow you to study a variety of subjects. Later on, when you choose the major you can ascertain your specific area of interest and hone it through a postgraduate course. A number of Universities, nowadays offer their degrees in a dual format, which means that you can pursue a particular course for half the duration of the degree and then in the latter half, you move ahead with the specific area of specialization in that particular degree. It is advisable to look out for work or internship opportunities while you are doing your undergraduate course and gain a first-hand experience in your specific area of interest.

2.) ‘Try it Out’ with certificate courses-: If you are still in the process of determining whether the course that you are going to take up is right for you or not, it is always a good idea to do a certificate course rather than a full-time course of 3 or 4 years. A certificate course takes up about 6 months and is a crash-course into what allies ahead in that particular field of study. After you are done with the certificate course, you will probably gain an insight into the domain and then can make your mind of whether or not proceeding further with it. If it seems like a familiar territory to you, Sure, Go ahead! If not, it is better to back off.

3.) Take a Gap Year to weigh up your options-: Instead of hurrying in deciding a career path, why not take some time and think it off? Taking that much-needed break often sorts your priorities and lets you evaluate the pros and cons of the situation you are in. You can use this gap year to think about your options and weigh them accordingly. You can also utilize this time to gain useful insights into the particular career stream you are going to take up.

Whatever, it is that you want to achieve in life, you need to plan things the right way. It is only with the correct evaluation of your interest areas and your abilities that you can make it big in life. These tips are your career-guide for a successful and fulfilling career progression.

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