Career advice I wish I’d received when it mattered !!!

I am often asked by parents and some young students about how to go about choosing the young ones’ careers.

I share with them what my self experience of being in a wrong career has taught me. I realized this when I turned 43 (I am 50 now) and corrected the mistake since then. Many of us could be making such a mistake of choosing a wrong career path and then suffer because of that.

Here is some career advice that people usually learn too late in life.

Equating degree with career foundation:

I was a merit holder in secondary and higher secondary (SSC and 12th std). Based on this, I chose Engineering (Computer Science), because that is what students with high marks did. I went on pulling myself playing a software engineer. But, I was not enjoying it. Finally, at 43, I realized that I was in a wrong career. I gave up the “act” and followed my passion. Remember, a degree is only your passport to get your first job. After that, you are on your own. Don’t get trapped inside your degree.

Thinking that our education will pay us:

After getting a degree, we think that the world owes us livelihood and will respectfully pay us for obtaining that lofted degree. We must realize that the world will not pay for our educational qualification, but for the problems we may help it solving.

We must follow our parent’s career:

Every Abhishek can’t become Amitabh. But many try and fail miserably.

Not knowing our passion:

Many of us don’t learn this precious lesson till the end of the life. We must select our career based on our passion, our likings and our strengths, and not based on “what is in demand?” Or “what will pay more?”. People fail in a career about which they are not passionate.

Author: Sanjay Shah

Sanjay is the author of "Business Management Simplified" which provides Practical, Actionable Solutions for Entrepreneurs. It is an all-in-one guidebook to start, run and grow a small and mid-size business to the next level. He is also an SME Business Coach, Seminar Leader and Motivational/Keynote speaker, Sanjay is based in Mumbai (India). He advises many businesses on Strategy, Leadership, Marketing, Branding, Customer Experience Management and Organization Development. He conducts various self-help seminars and workshops for companies and groups in English, Hindi and Gujarati. For more info, visit :

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