Many of our parents belonged to a generation where people became what they studied at school. If you studied Psychology, you would most likely become a psychologist; If you studied Accounting, then, you would become an accountant.
People’s career paths were quite predictable at that time. But, do we have the luxury of predictable careers in our time?
The nature of work is changing and the competition in the labour market is getting stiffer over time. Hence, more candidates are seeking to offer some competitive advantages over their contemporaries. An advanced degree or certification does not necessarily offer the desired differentiation for candidates as it used to be.
Therefore, we must prepare for this changing economic landscape.
This is a good time for us to talk about how our educational system is preparing us for the work of the future. We 2 groups of people: those who are happy to work in fields related to what they studied in school, and those who are currently working in roles unrelated to what they studied in school. In other words, the latter group is charting their career paths.
Please share your story in the comments section.
What did you study and what are you currently doing?
Written by: Anifat Ibrahim, Research Associate | Project Management Professional (PMP).