Choosing a career can be stressful, especially at a young age. So how
do you know if you've made the right decision? Or taken a wrong path?
First of all, there's no right or wrong way to reach your dream
career. There's always more than one pathway to reach your goals.
Second of all, even if you're not on the right path now, it's never
too late to make a change, even if that means switching course.
If you can relate to a lot of the below points, it might be time to
Let's start with the obvious. It's normal if the thoughts of studying
feels painful, but it shouldn't be torture. Being enrolled in a course
you enjoy means you like learning about most topics. It means you're
excited about your career ahead. If you can't see light at the end of
the tunnel, it's a sign you need to switch it up.
There's one hundred other things you'd rather do and you try to think
of a valid reason not to go. Listening to the lecturer during class is
a major struggle - your attention span is short, or non-existent.
Instead, you've watched all of your snapchat stories and got lost in
your second cousin's girlfriend's Instagram account (it happens).
It's common to struggle with some areas of your course, but if you're
barely passing (or failing) several subjects, it's not a good sign. Of
course you can seek help from lecturers and friends, but
realistically, if you're not a fan of the course to begin with, the
passion to succeed won't be there.
Obviously not all assignments are fun, however, if you're interested
in your course most elements of it should be enjoyable for you. If the
thoughts of even planning your assignment sends waves of panic and
anxiety through your body then nope, the course might not be for you.
Choosing a career as a teenager is difficult and heaps of pressure.
It's hard to figure out weekend plans, let alone 'what you want to be
when you grow up'. So maybe you panicked and just picked a random
course because you were time poor or it was the easiest option.
Whatever the reason for the rash decision, it doesn't mean you're
stuck with it.
If you have parents who chip in with your student expenses - lucky
you. However, if they're encouraging you to pursue a course that
doesn't feel right for you, speak up. It's not easy going against your
folks' wishes, but sit down and tell them how you're feeling. At the
end of the day, your happiness will be important to your loved ones.
That's 'fear of missing out' in case you've been living under a rock.
The idea of your friends doing their dream courses and moving towards
their career goals makes you anxious about your own decision. While
you obviously want the best for them, you're jealous you're not in
their happy shoes. Well, it may be time to crush that case of FOMO and
chase your own dream career.
If your current course was right for you, I don't think your eyeballs
would have gotten this far. Decision made - switch course!
Figure out which course suits you. There's so many options. In fact,
TAFE NSW has over 1200
courses, from certificates to degrees. Maybe you'll change
industries completely. If that's too overwhelming, you can also have a
chat to one of our helpful career advisors who can guide you through
your next steps. You got this!