Top 5 Myths About Careers

There are so many myths that revolve around careers and how they affect your life in different ways. And most of the times, we start believing in them because we hear them way too frequently from friends, family, the aunt who lives next door. But that is certainly not the case. Here we are, with a new blog, debunking 4 of the most common myths.


Career Myth I: Engineering is the safest career to be in.

Reality Check: The most ‘hailed’ profession in the country is actually not that of a safe and secure, or as a matter of fact, the most enjoyable profession to be in. What is shown to you like an illusion of a secure and happy lifestyle, is actually not. Most engineers get do not into the field of actual engineering after their degree. They end up working jobs similar to those with a Business degree. This means that an ideal engineer spends 4 years of his life learning something he will never use in real life because of the commerce inclined job he’s compelled to work in.

Career Myth II: By opting for Science in 10+2, you are widening your career options.

Reality Check: By taking Science in 10+2, you are pushing yourself away from your actual interests and have to study subjects that don’t appeal to you personally. You will basically be ‘wasting’ those 2 years of your life studying about things that might not help you in the future instead of studying subjects and polishing your skills in your certain interests. This is delaying your time in becoming a better ‘something’ (artist or whatever other than Science) majorly as now you would’ve missed out on 2 years of learning, but also restricting your chances of getting into an institute of your preferred stream and hence losing the opportunity of a lifetime.

Career Myth III: Because you scored good marks in a certain subject, you will be good at its profession.

Reality Check: There is a difference between aptitude and interests. Just because you are good at something does not necessarily mean that you can pursue a career corresponding to it. Just because you are good at studying a subject theoretically, does not guarantee that you can apply it practically in real life. Learning a subject and writing it down on paper, and actually using your learning in a situation where its applicable are different things which are often misunderstood by the general public. To really excel in your career, you must be able to use your skills and do the task practically. For example, a person has a thorough knowledge of the human’s body systems and organs. This DOES NOT mean that he will become an amazing surgeon, he might fail to use that knowledge or might later in his college years realise that he has very shaky hands, hence, diminishing his possibilities of becoming a surgeon (Doctor Master? It’s Strange)

Career Myth IV: If you have a lot of money, you can finally follow your dreams and do what you like.

Reality Check: Most people tell this to you for the “financial security” that you will need in the future, but for every person their financial security differs. It is all about what you need. You spend one-third of your life working and earning, and you never know how long you might have to work in order to earn enough to leave and start something else (that you like doing) from the start at an age where others in the field might be comparatively better because they have been doing it for longer than you. And if your dreams are pursuing something unconventional, it does not mean that you won’t earn anything at all, in fact, you might earn more than you ever could with the conventional job.

Career Myth V: If you’re good at it, you’ll start liking what you do.

Reality Check: Being good at something doesn’t mean that you will enjoy it because both are completely different (I know it sounds weird but it’s true). Take the example of your favourite character Chandler Bing. He is a person who is really good at crunching numbers (Statistical analysis and Data Reconfiguration, or as Rachel calls it, Transposter) but he never enjoys it. He plans to leave earlier in the series, but finally leaves in the ending and gets a job as a Copywriter. Although he is a fictional character, it is very much applicable to a real human like you or me. It was really difficult for him to leave his job eventually in the end, you know it right? And the sooner he might’ve left it, the easier it would’ve been for him to find something that he actually enjoyed doing (Pants: Like Shorts, but longer!).

Do you have any more myths that you’ve been hearing forever and feel like we should make another blog debunking them? Let us know!

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