Right Career Choice
Bored with the work you’re doing at the office? Or, have you started having second thoughts about the career you chose, for all the wrong reasons? Sangita Thakur, clinical psychologist provides an insight into the importance of choosing the right job. Ravi is a 35 year old computer engineer.
He returns from the office by 7:00 p.m. The moment he steps into the house he tries to find some fault in his wife’s behavior and cooking. Even the children are beaten for no reason.
His wife complains that he gets angry and irritable very fast and has started smoking and drinking heavily. He was never like this before. Ravi’s problem is that he has become frustrated and tired with his profession. He says, “I have made a wrong choice and should have become an interior designer instead, which I would have really enjoyed”. Questions like: Should I do a course in interior decoration? Could something be done at this age? Like Ravi, there are many men and women who face similar problems, as they are not satisfied with their jobs and occupations. There are also a number of teenagers who make mistakes by choosing a wrong course and soon fall into the psychological trap like Ravi.
It is necessary for working people to choose a career which makes them happy. Found below are some reasons for which an individual should be satisfied with his job and change his occupation if he is not happy with it. Generally a working woman spends eight to nine hours of the day on the job. If she does not enjoy these nine hours sufficiently i.e. there is no interest, and lacks initiative in working for months, or even merely thinking of those nine hours makes her angry, then what is the use of working in that manner? Is she doing justice to her physical and psychological health? How long will money he more important than job satisfaction? If one knows that he does not enjoy the job, then why should he continue working in the first place?
Rita Roy says: “Getting up in the morning is very tiring for me. I have to literally push myself towards getting dressed and go to the office which I find boring”. Thirty–year–old Anita Khurana says: “I keep on looking at my watch continuously. I just wait for the watch to strike 5 o’ clock. I hate working here”. It is very important for every working person to take up an occupation which he likes, enjoys doing and feels satisfied with it.
If you are not satisfied with your job, then it is for sure going to cause you to become frustrated and depressed, and would soon start affecting your personal and a family life. So, change your job and take up what you like doing rather than doing something just for the sake of doing it. Mridula Bapat at the age of 40 has realized this. She feels: “I have earned enough money but my job has not given me enough satisfaction. I have decided to start doing business which I’ve always wanted to”.
Many make the mistake of choosing a career on the basis of the following reasons:
- Parents force you to take up a particular occupation.
- You are assured of hefty pay packets which tempts you to choose it. (Like the Merchant Navy)
- Your best friend or your clique have all opted for it, so, you follow suit.
- Family members are in the same profession, so, you are forced or you feel that you can take their help to rise up in the same profession.
- The profession has prestige associated with it and is some kind of a status symbol. (e.g. being a doctor.)
- It is the ‘In thing’–e.g. being a masters degree in business management.
- The profession appeals to you and you enter it without finding out whether you have the aptitude for it or not .