Some people believe that college students should consider only their own talents and interests when choosing a field of study. Others believe that college students should base their choice of a field of study on the availability of jobs in that field.
As the saying goes “Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life”. Students should definitely choose a field they are interested in.
If a student chooses a field that interests him and knows that field will complement his talent, he should without any doubt pursue it. It is not very often that a student chooses a field of study solely because of the availability of jobs in that field and performs exceptionally well, even though he was least interested in that field of study. It is very difficult to give your best when you choose a field that doesn’t interest you. And even though you choose a field keeping your interests aside, there is no guarantee that you will end up getting a job. As the competition in that field of study will be more and if you have not performed well in your college in that field, you may end up getting no jobs at all. Considering a student ends up getting a job in the field he was not very interested in, he may not get the joy working there and later ends up leaving the job for a job that brings him the peace of mind.
One may question that in this day and age where money is so important in everyone’s life that we may end up compromising on our interests and go for the field that will, in the end, pay us more. So, the security that at the end of the course a student will have more opportunities to work and earn money can play a big role for many in deciding their field of study. One can pursue his interests like Painting, sketching, and football as his hobbies while working full time in an IT company or any other company for that matter, even though he was not interested in it at first. Sometimes, it a possibility that we are not interested in some field of study because we know very little about it in the beginning, but as we get to know more about it and go deeper and deeper into it we develop a liking towards it and end up doing well.
Your field of study should only matter on what your interests are and how well that field complements your talent. Choosing a field that offers more job opportunities does not guarantee a job since you have to do exceptionally well in the field that you are least interested in to even get a shot at the job opportunity. As there is a risk involved in taking the field in which a student is not interested in, he should definitely go for something he is interested in and not compromise his talents.
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