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What considerations have to be taken into account when choosing a job?

The society we have to enter into as a job seeker, investor, entrepreneur, et cetera, is a competitive one. Therefore, from an early age, it is important for us to decide where we want to see ourselves ten or twenty years ahead and start striving for it. But how do we decide what we want to become?

One of the factors we need to ponder upon is, of course, our area of interest. Does the introduction of a new economic plan for your country make you curious? If so, you know you have that political potential in you and nothing should deter you from entering into politics. To do something against your interest is not impossible and we see a lot of people around us denouncing their field of interest for one reason or the other, but I believe it is very essential to enjoy what you do, and that could only come when you like what you do. Therefore, a personal liking of your job is inevitable.

Interest in your job is incomplete without specialization. No firm would accept you without a degree of experience doing a particular job. Even a teacher needs to be trained at teaching. This is because a general education about, for example, flying a plane does not make one fit to fly a plane, which obviously requires specialized skills. We cannot leave it on our aptitude, believing that we are bestowed with natural powers to do whatever we want. As mentioned before, one needs to decide as to the profession one wants to choose at an early stage of their life and start learning and training themselves on their own. This would not only give one a degree of know how about a job, but also give them a degree of advantage over their competitors.

Attitude is the key to a bump free professional life. One does not always end up with one’s dream job; being unfit for a job is not the only reason, since the competition is huge and jobs are few. When one fails to achieve what one has been striving for since so long, this is where a right attitude plays its part. People end up depressed, and lose all confidence in their ability, and some even succumb to suicides! The solution is to move forward with a sane attitude, accept defeats when they come your way, and say no to a standstill. When you fail at your dream job, why not try a less appealing one? Put up with the negatives of your second-choice job and dedicate yourself to it. Be optimistic and take up only constructive criticisms from others.

One of the reasons why we seek employment is to earn and live a happy life. Money cannot buy happiness, but it can buy things that make us happy. Therefore, do not overlook the money factor. If our dream job fails to make us financially able, the difficulty at survival becomes all the more, and so it is better to take our dream job as a part time chore and to dedicate our energy at something more rewarding. Those who are the only bread-earners in their family need to consider the money factor more gravely than the interest factor.

The stage of our life where we have to choose our career is a crucial one. In order to avoid causing a dilemma in one’s mind, it is better, I assume, to start planning from an early age, for example when we are still in college. It is helpful to talk to experienced people who have already gone through the job-seeking phase, both successful ones and not so successful ones. Vocational counseling provided by colleges should also be availed. Suggestions, and constructive criticisms from others should always be welcomed with optimism, however, the final decision should always be kept in one’s own hands. Never let others decide your future. Plus, always keep in mind that no matter how much you loathe your job, your commitment and dedication towards it will reap success. ”Work is worship” should be your motto.

Author: Mehak Sohayl
The author is the former A level student from Beaconhouse School System (Karachi, Pakistan). She sat for the GP exam as a private candidate in October 2012 and passed with a B grade.


  1. What considerations have to be taken into account when choosing a job?
    the topic refers to a job rather than a career
    in my view it would have been better to consider the following factors
    job security
    chances of promotion
    job environment
    money range
    and how standardised is the company

    1. Of course, your points are stronger and more precise with regard to this question. I really liked your perspective and how you have been able to limit the scope of the essay to just focus on choosing jobs.

      However, this answer is also okay because you have some freedom to define the scope of the question by yourself. Although, not as narrow as yours, this answer doesn't deviate away from the question to go off-topic or irrelevant. It is still quite relevant and is thus acceptable.


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