Current Issue of Corydon
Preference or Paycheck?
By Joyce Ramos
“So what do you want to do for a living?” is a question that often leaves adolescents stammering to find an answer, only to answer with “I don’t know.”
According to the University of Wisconsin, one-third of college freshmen choose “undeclared” as a major and 60 percent of freshmen will change their major throughout college. The previous statistics show there exits a large uncertainty occurring among youths towards their career paths.
Of course there are always those of us who have our whole lives planned out--from what we will wear on our first job interview to what we will wear on our retirement day. But on the other hand, many individuals often find themselves split between choosing their major based on their pastime preferences or the economic benefits the career will bring.
With the unemployment rate at 7.9 percent and the scarcity of jobs, often, income will be the determination factor for choosing a career. However, one shouldn’t be too hasty.
It’s important to remember that if a student doesn’t enjoy learning a particular subject; much less will he or she enjoy a job that forces them to endure hours of boredom and frustration.
On the other hand, if we dedicate our lives to our talent but earn a meager pay for it, then one wouldn’t be too happy either.
Obviously the solution is to find a balance between the two factors, to find a job we enjoy doing that still manages to pay the bills with a little extra cash.
Humans naturally enjoy something they are skilled in, therefore students should pursue their dream job but also make sure the opportunity range and earnings are suitable in the field they are seeking.