A career need not be a life sentence

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 September, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 September, 2009, 12:00am

There are several important things a young person should think of before choosing a career.

First, they have to be interested in what they are doing. Young people don't have much hands-on experience so it is vital they pick the right kind of work. Otherwise, they could easily get bored and not take the initiative to enhance their knowledge.

Second, they should think about whether they are willing to work under pressure. For example, if you want to be a designer, you have to start from the bottom and work your way up. You could be a lot of stress before you succeed.

Third, salary is also important because a career could be for life. You should earn enough to pay for your accommodation, transport and meals. And when you have a family, your expenses will increase significantly.

In conclusion, we need to consider our interest, how much pressure we are willing to take and the salary before deciding a career. So, make the right choice and have a happy life.

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Wai-tsz. People think choosing a career is a very big issue, almost as big as marriage. They don't seem to realise that many people change careers more than once during their lives.

Often students don't have the exposure and experience to decide on a final career choice. Aptitude and personality tests can help to give some sort of career direction, but the choice is up to each individual.

Having a passion for what you do is one of the most crucial aspects of deciding which career to pursue. Because we spend so much time at work, we need to be happy there. There really is no point going after a higher salary and benefits package as a banker if, in your heart, you want to be a graphic artist.

Everyone has the right to choose their own career. But they need to remember that it's not a life sentence.

Susan, Editor