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Help! I’ve enrolled for the wrong career path!

By October 4, 2017 No Comments

We all make mistakes. Yet what happens if you realise that you have just spent money, time and effort enrolling for a career path you absolutely can’t stand?

As you grow older, you may begin to recognise that some life decisions are not always easy to erase or to simply “start over”. Yet we are never helpless. Here are vital tips to consider if you feel you’re studying the wrong thing.

Ask

Don’t just drop out as soon as you realise you dislike the choice you made. Speak to a career counsellor, tutor, people in industry and your institution’s administration to find out about switching to the career path that you would like to pursue.

Find out what courses you will be credited for, if this will have financial repercussions and if you are able to switch. Gather as much information as you can, so that you can weigh your options and make an informed decision.

Be sure

Often you can have one really horrible test and then decide that major is not for you. Be sure that you’re not making an emotional decision. Say for example you like nursing, but don’t like the idea of working in a hospital or night duty. There are many nurses who only work during the day at pharmacies, schools, old age homes, mobile clinics and sports matches.

Commit

Once you have made up your mind to continue with that line of work, but to focus/specialise on the parts that give you the most joy – or to change career paths altogether – commit to that decision. Give it a fair shot before changing your mind again. Remember that life is seasonal and the ups and downs of life are normal.

All in all, remember that you have one life. You owe it to yourself to maximise that life and turn your dreams into reality. Know that there is a time for everything under the sun. Just because you dislike a particular scope of your course, may not mean that it is time to throw in the towel.

That being said, the truth is within you and you know when you are outside of your rightful domain which embraces your innate God given talents. If you thinkg you have chosen the wrong career path – be truthful to yourself; your future self will thank you for it.

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