I’m not able to decide my career

I am appearing for Class 12 exams, this year. But I’m not able to decide my career. I am disturbed. I don’t know which field I should go for. I have many hobbies — singing, dancing, acting, public speaking, reading, philanthropy. Sometimes I concentrate on singing, then somebody takes me for dance class and I forget singing and start concentrating on dance. The same thing happens with other hobbies, too. I am not able to decide what I like most.
Navneet (17)

Dear Navneet,

I can see that you are feeling very confused and are unable to decide your path in life. Your focus seems to be on your hobbies. Hobbies are interests that we usually turn to for relaxation, and not as a career, unless you want to. To help you choose a career, find your:

Interest and Passion: From all the things that you’re interested in, which are you passionate about? Make a list of the things that you love.

Talent and Aptitude: Then, find out whether you’re talented at it or good at it… or whether you show the aptitude or potential for it. Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 for each of the things on your list.

Personality: Does your personality match the career you have chosen? For example if you want to do Marketing, are you willing to go out and meet people? Or do you prefer to be behind a desk?

Research: Take the top three things that you love and that you are fairly good at from your list and find out more about them. Speak to people who work in the field, seek holiday internships, get as close to the field as possible. Search for courses available, the duration and cost.

Income: Find out how much you can earn from this field.

Skills: Now, choose the one on the top of your list and enrol for the course. Study and work experience will help you develop your talent and build up the skills you need so that you are job ready.

Nasreen Hashambhoy
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Nasreen Hashambhoy

Nasreen Hashambhoy is a Counsellor, Life Coach and a Facilitator of training programmes for schools and corporates. Through a combination of coaching, counselling and facilitation techniques based on cognitive science and positive psychology, she helps clients achieve their true potential. She is the author of the series Values In Action published by Better Yourself Books.