Many of us still aren’t sure regarding what we want to pursue or should pursue once our undergraduate courses end. This doubt needs to be taken more seriously.
In today’s time, being a graduate is of no great significance. A master’s degree or a specialisation course is no less than a ‘must’ if one is looking for a job-oriented future. Graduation is more of a foundation where certain skills and qualifications can be acquired to be competent enough for seeking well-paid jobs. The irony with us is that even when we realise the need to figure out what we want to do after completing our graduation, many of us still don’t have an answer.
Professional courses such as Chartered Accountancy (CA) and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) are high on demand while thousands sweat on cracking the Common Aptitude Test (CAT). Many amongst these students rely completely on their performance in these examinations. However, given the number of people who make it, students should plan on having a backup option if the situation is not in their favor. Some might argue that having a single goal acts as a motivational drive and helps them perform better. It may be true but there’s a saying that goes “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst”. It is always better to have a contingency plan.
Talking about students who are still unclear about what they should do after their graduation, it’s high time that they start giving their future a serious thought. At least, they should focus on it once they become a sophomore. Students need to analyze their interests, capabilities, and the scope of the field of study. Having said that, there always is a tussle between what one “wants” to do and what one “can” do. This is where students need to step up, research, analyse, and most importantly, decide what they want to do. A decision is always better than anonymity.
It will not be wrong to say that the students relying on their graduation will have a very hard time if they want to seek a job-oriented future. As per Harvard Business Review, a survey conducted by work analytics firm Burning Glass found that more than 20% of the positions expect a certificate or license for a particular technical skill concluding that more than two-thirds of the graduates fail to launch their careers. It is very necessary that either these categories of students plan to study ahead or develop significant soft skills.
In conclusion, there is a great population of students that need to rethink and frame their futures. This need is more of a result of one’s ignorance and unwillingness to give time for these issues. These decisions will define one’s future and the quicker they are sort out, the better.
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