Published: 27th April 2019
Confused about what career path to take? Here are a few pointers on coping up with anxiety
Nicholas Francis a Human Resource mentor talks about how you can plan your career path without that hint of anxiety
There are bound to be certain anxious moments in the career decision phase of life by everyone in society. The youth, especially the students who are just out of the higher secondary schooling or that of collegiate studies are no exception to this. In fact, it can be stated that a vast majority of the students who have passed their higher secondary examinations are more prone to this syndrome since they have to make a decision related to their higher studies, which eventually will go on to become one of the major factors for their career decision.
I have witnessed many youngsters who are burdened with a significant level of anxiety during the time of choosing their course for higher studies. It is often a confusing stage in their lives when they are exposed to society as adults who will have to settle for a career decision either on their own will; or that of their parents. In any case, there is palpable anxiety that is very much evident, since the youngsters will have to tread very carefully taking all considerations into their mind. The amount of stress and anxiety varies from person to person and its impact can be seen with the decision that eventually comes out of it.
The following aspects can be the cause of career anxiety among the youth which everyone must be aware of so that they are able to develop within themselves adequate coping mechanisms to become positive individuals in their professional life.
Career anxiety starts at home since the parents will have a choice in their minds and will want their children to listen to them. Experiencing difficulty to convey their passion to their parents who have their own ideas.
There is always an undercurrent that runs within the minds of the youth as regards to the choice of the institution versus the choice of the preferred course.
The numerous entrance exams that the youth will have to attend and the consequences of the result.
The pressure from peers and friends coupled with the orientation given by a few who are in different positions of their career.
As a human resource mentor, I would like to make a mention that career anxiety is part and parcel of the career development process. The important aspect to bear in mind is that the youth will have to handle the anxiety comfortably and confidentially. They will have to remember that their state of mind and health is all the more important to make a career choice work to their benefit. I would suggest the following points that will be of use to them.
Communicate well: It is often a communication barrier that brings in anxiety at home when career choices are discussed. It will require open communication with clarity by the youth to their parents on what they would want to do professionally in life. Parents must be sensitised to modern day career options and the scope of success for them to be convinced.
Have a Mentor: Most often the youth prefer to discuss with their friends and relatives. In the present day scenario, the platform of a professional mentor who could be a person from the respective field that the youth aspires for can be of great help to give vital inputs.
Do not take in much: The youth are prone to go on a wild cat chase appearing for all entrance examinations. What is now required is a ‘smart work’, rather than mere hard work, keeping in mind a clear path for their career choice and working exceptionally well at the entrance exam on a course that they aspire for.
Stay patient and calm: The career anxiety is not a storm to be afraid of. Set your path clear and keep on moving with confidence loaded with patience. You will succeed when your health and mind is fresh and active.