The challenge of choosing a career path as a teenager

Oct 15, 2021

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" is a question as old as time and it tends to cause distress amongst teenagers more than to any other age group, and while it all might seem like kids these days have it easy when it comes to choosing a career path, but is it really so?

One of the first and most obvious factors to take into consideration when choosing what path to follow regarding your career is payment. You can be as happy and content with yourself and your job as you want, but good luck enjoying that on an empty stomach and while your rent is overdue. It's not like money is something new, but careers that pose a high-risk factor have become very popular amongst teenagers, occupations such as artists, graphic designers, even Social Media Influencers, and Youtubers or Streamers seem more attractive than your average 9-5 office job, but not everyone can become a famous artist, not every person who owns a camera and records videos to upload on the internet can be a YouTuber and neither can the person with a seemingly large online following become a social media icon, and you can imagine that parents would do anything to steer their children to a path that would be more safe and sound than these heavily uncertain and quite frankly risky careers.

Unfortunately for young people these days, your choice to pursue a certain career now might leave you unemployed to a robot. Yes, it is a big of a concern as the media paints it to be. Machines are swiftly taking over most workplaces and jobs that don't require some degree of creativity, the only type of human intelligence that can not be replicated by artificial intelligence is all at risk, risk of its pursuers being made of hard cold aluminum. As jobs disappear, it becomes increasingly obvious that this generation is training for the jobs of the future, and when you don't even have a clue what you're preparing for, it's hard to be motivated or successful. The list of jobs that are "on the brink of extinction" is swiftly expanding and already includes jobs such as customer service executives, bookkeeping and data entering, receptionists, proofreaders, retailers, courier services, and even doctors and soldiers, professions that we never in a million years would have thought that we would replace with robots.

If you do find a job that meets the criteria above, meaning that the payment is enough for you to live comfortably and it's sustainable for the future, in the sense that robots will not replace you, you must also focus on how many employers exist in the field, more specifically, how many positions are open for you to occupy. A simple example is Romanian Law, a field that has become so overcrowded, people claim that it's no longer about what you know, it's about who you know.

It might feel overwhelming, choosing a career when it appears that these many roadblocks exist, but with a little help from a counselor and a slight bit of research, this will become an easy task.

Fear not, there's a job for everyone out there!

Articol redactat de Jirovieanu Nicolae Alexandru.

Articol editat de Covrig Izabela.


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