SHIFT IN THE CAREER PREFERENCES OF TODAY’S YOUTH

Doctor, engineer or lawyer- whenever a baby is born in India, even before coming up with a name for the baby, parents decide what he or she is going to be when they grow up. Isn’t that hilarious? Well today it is as the career preferences have changes drastically over the years. Some parents do follow the same old pattern even today but others have adapted to the inevitability of change.

We have a number of career options to choose from for example teaching, journalism, advertising, acting and dancing to name a few. An inclination towards unconventional career choices can be seen as in the case of today’s generation. They are more likely to take up a career that is their passion even if it cannot be turned into a profession that would back them financially. The world we live in today, sky is the limit .Everything is possible if you have the courage and determination to make it happen. Our very own college Christ University has a performing arts department where the finest artists are born every year.   

Moreover, today’s youth is ready to take risks. “ I love Mondays” is a book by Mala Mary Martina that talks about the career choices of the gen next. In it she mentions that youth today are not fearful of the fact that the job should be paying and socially accepted. They want to experiment with new choices and want a creatively satisfying job rather than one that pays higher. She beautifully sums up the challenge and purpose of today’s generation by stating their thinking as follows

   “We anyway think, then why not think big;

     We anyway work, why not do what we like.’’

Today there is also a trend in the youngsters to deviate away from the profession that their parents practiced. Gone are the days when a doctor’s son would also be a doctor. This hierarchy is slowly changing. Recently, Ansar Shaikh cleared the UPSC exam in the first attempt itself. His father used to do a low level job and his mother a housewife. Yet he had the courage to dream big and pursue a career totally different from his father’s.  

Speaking of unconventional career choices as mentioned earlier, a perfect example of this is the case of Mohammad Siraj. His father was an auto driver and yet with his determination, he has made to the Sunrisers Hyderabad team in IPL-10. Another example is young actress Kriti Sanon, her father was a CA and mother a Professor.

Today, the youth wants to live their lives to the fullest extent. They don’t want to do a 9-5 job. They want to make passion their work and they can swim against the tide for it.

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