When evaluating potential career pathways as a student or exploring different options for a career change as an adult, it’s important not to make assumptions. Here are eight common career myths, busted for you by LCCA’s careers and student services manager, Carmen Andreica.
1. “My degree will determine my career path.”
A degree does not always translate into a job. This means that your career may not necessarily be – or doesn’t have to be - dictated by the degree you study. While you are studying, it’s impossible to know for sure whether the path you’ve chosen will bring you maximum fulfilment. Don’t feel as though your career is limited once you’ve completed your degree either, because studying provides you with many transferrable skills valued across a variety of sectors.
2. "There is only one perfect job for each individual."
People are equipped with various talents that can allow them to pursue different career paths. There are likely many different jobs in your preferred industry that can offer you professional growth and fulfilment.
3. "I do not need to think about my career until I graduate."
Incorrect. The job market is very competitive, and you need to start planning early. Apply for internships as well as jobs, as these will help develop your skills and prepare you for your first paid role.
4. “If I do what I am passionate about, I will be able to get a good salary.”
This is not always how things pan out. Those who get to do what they are passionate about and get paid well for it are incredibly lucky. Passions do not always match with the job market. While this should not keep you from pursuing your dreams, you should be realistic about your career prospects.
5. "I will be happy if I get a job with a huge salary."
Career satisfaction and personal happiness does not entirely depend on your salary. Ideally, you should choose a career that lets you support the lifestyle you want to live, as well as allowing you to obtain professional achievements.
6. "Market demand should be the primary determinant of career choice."
It is important to look at the demand for the career you want, but the job market is difficult to predict. You will be on much firmer ground if you pursue a career that truly interests you.
7. “If this type of job is suitable for my dad/sister/best friend it will be suitable for me.”
You might have a lot in common with these people, but that does not mean that you will be happy doing the same type of work. It is your future that you are planning and the decision needs to reflect what you really want, what is best suited for you, and what is likely to offer you greater satisfaction.
8. "The careers advisor will tell me what career is right for me."
Careers advisors are there to provide information and answer questions. They cannot make decisions for you. Nobody knows you better than you know yourself.