Run that by me again? Yeah, “A degree in hand, A career you love”. My choice of topic is based on something that’s been occupying my mind lately: Having a degree from a tertiary institution, but pursuing a career based on your interests.
Let’s face it, not everyone actually loves whatever field they work in. Some learn to love it eventually. At the same time, others own qualifications in a field based on what they perceive to be their talents, skills, interests.
While it does seem meaningless to study for a course you have zero interest in(as a matter of fact, I think it is, but you don’t always have control over your life), if you ascertained your strengths in terms of skills and hobbies, that could work to your advantage. The process of learning to garner information, analysing and utilising it, in addition to all other activities and processes education involves, can actually serve to enhance your abilities.
As you’ve noticed, what this article focuses on is how to make the most out of an unlikely situation. For all you know, you might end up loving wherever you’re pushed to. But if you never do, while in school, you could develop your skills. Whatever natural skills you have, hone it. While you could end up bagging a lucrative job later with your degree, you’d be happier if you had a job you actually enjoyed. If you developed your skills, who says you could’nt make a career out of them? You get to begin your work experience while in school. This gives you an idea of the job atmosphere, and you can be better prepared for entering the job market later.
I absolutely endorse taking up a little part-time job while in school for the above reasons and more.
These days, big qualifications don’t even guarantee you a job any more. Too many candidates, very few employment openings.
If however, you got a bankable skill, you’d get by even without an employment under any individual or corporation.
At this point, I should probably tell my readers to discount my earlier use of the word “lucrative”, as the emphasis here is clearly on having a job or career you dig, not necessarily a high-paying one.
I could write more about ‘how to discover your skills’ or ‘how to let your skills work for you’, but there’r already tons of articles on the web with quality content you can browse. I’d probably only be duplicating, except for the one little fact that it’d be uniquely my opinion.
In a nutshell, buy out time to develop yourself, your interests and skills. These are areas that will be a lot easier to excel in. And then, you can think of monetizing them. As such, whether or not you decide to graduate with that degree you don’t care about or not, you’d always have alternative options.