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Guiding Lights: The Crucial Role of Career Counselling in Navigating Professional Success

“If you want to be successful in this world, you have to follow your passion, not a paycheck.”

(Jen Welter)

How many people are passionate about their job? students choose the right career for themselves? Instead of mentioning other case studies, why not discuss our observation?

I graduated from one of the best universities in our country “Pakistan”. During university life, I noticed the strange behaviors of students. 85% of students were not sure why they were doing that specific degree. They were clueless about their professional life.

Finally, they graduated. But, then? No wonder, they are still not happy with their life. They have no idea where they are going. Many of them got jobs too, but they don’t put in the effort to excel in their work.

Isn’t it an alarming situation? For me, it is. So, in this article, we will talk about the importance of career counseling. Do you have any idea about career counseling? Well, it is a process of discovering your strengths and suggesting a profession, according to your personality. In short at the end of these counseling sessions, you find the most appropriate profession for yourself.

Power of Profession Research

We are living in an era, where there are thousands of professions. It is good and bad at the same time. How? Let’s take an example. Suppose, you get annoyed by doing some specific work. Someone assigns you to do that, just for eight hours. What will be your reaction? Take a pause, think! Will you enjoy doing that? Will you generate new ideas related to that work? Will you put your 100% effort in that particular task? “No!” Right?

We had just talked for about eight hours! Now, replace those “eight hours” with your whole life! How will you feel? Your life will become harder for you, right? Yes, this happens when people choose the wrong career for themselves!

Studies have shown that choosing the wrong career results in:

  • Anxiety & stress
  • Poor performance
  • Bad relationships
  • Slow growth
  • Low self-esteem

Contrarily, think about a person who enjoys his work. A person who is passionate about his professional life. His life will be entirely different from the majority of the people.

Right career results into:

  • Happiness
  • Excellent performance
  • Satisfaction
  • High self-esteem
  • Strong relationships

Look, we are living in a world where we have a choice for thousands of careers. But, unfortunately, we just try to go to a career in which someone else is performing well or making a lot of money. We have to understand this, we are different from each other. Our strengths and weaknesses are different! Why are we not ready to choose a career which suits our personality?

After spending a few years in professional life, many people realize that they have chosen the wrong field for themselves. But, it becomes so hard for them to change their profession at that time. So, we do not want our youngsters to make this mistake. Here, “career counseling” comes.

From Passion to Profession

Imagine an individual who realizes his strengths at the right time. Then, he just studies according to his interest. After that, his passion became his profession. Don’t you think he will excel in his field?

Oh, how can we forget the story of the man, who started his career as a newspaper editor? But, got fired, why? According to his organization, “he was not imaginative and also had no good ideas”. The world knows him today as “Walt Disney”! Yes, a successful entrepreneur, animator, voice actor, and film producer. How did he become so successful? The answer is simple when he started playing in his area of interest!

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”

(Elbert Einstein)

Action Plan

If you have not finalized a career for yourself. Then, it is the golden time for you or your kids. Everyone is intelligent, the thing is, we just have to work according to our strengths. So, don’ delay it!

  • Write down your interests or hobbies.
  • Think about professions, which fascinates you.
  • What are your strengths? It can be anything e.g. management, communication, etc.

At this point, you will get overwhelmed. There will be 5-6 careers in front of you. Now, you have to get assistance from a good career counselor. After realizing your strengths, weaknesses, and interests, he will help you in choosing one profession.

Conclusion

Is it worth spending your money on career counseling? If you choose the wrong career for yourself, what will happen? Your life will become boring day by day. Well, have you realized, which thing is at stake? Your life, your happiness is at stake! We spend a lot of money on entertainment, junk food, parties, etc. Why are we not ready to spend a few bucks on our life? What are you waiting for? Go and discover the purpose of your creation. Cheers!

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