The title precisely means “who decides what I need to choose?”.

Do my parents decide it for me? Do my teachers decide? Do my friends decide? Do my marks decide? Do I decide? We look for someone else to answer this for us because we lack exposure and orientation.

There are a lot of reasons for one to be confused about the career they want to choose. Some choose a career due to peer pressure, some choose because they have been oriented in a certain way all their life and some choose because of some random incident that turned out rather important for them.

Though this had a cynical start, the intent of this article is to educate HCC readers with the options available today for exploration. These options aid you with a better understanding and allows you to engage with a reality check.

Family: Keenly observe people in your immediate and extended family. You will find groups of people in the same profession. Sometimes you will see people talking about a career which they could not pursue. Talk to them, understand their perspectives, enhance discussions and share it with your friends.

Friends and Peer group: Most times, we see people among our peers, who are always talking about what they want to do in life. We may not be so determined or clear as of now about what we want to pursue but, we can fetch some insight from them on how they decided about their career option so early.

Company visits: Sometimes we may have a rare opportunity to visit a company and know more about it’s back end. If you got such an opportunity don’t miss it. The earlier you know about reality the better it is. Explore other companies that are of  interest to you. Try to get an opportunity to explore. This itself is a great lesson in understanding the available career options.

Career Coaches: Approach a career coach or a mentor. You may find professional coaches and mentors who are into counselling full-time. These coaches and mentors could also be your professors, teachers, uncles or siblings. Be open to what people are saying.

Career Fairs and Conventions: They happen all the round the year in different cities. Choose your closest city and explore these fairs. These fairs educate career aspirants with the latest trends and newer options burgeoning in the market. Such conventions connect with newsletters. Hence subscribe to these newsletters and upgrade yourself all the time, until you bump into something exciting.

Internships: Serious self observers start interning early. Through interning a lot of our confusion gets diffused. When a person tries out internships of various types, they get exposed to more number of opportunities. It provides a crystal clear picture about what is actual vs what is anticipated.

Some platforms which facilitate internships are listed below:

http://www.letsintern.com

http://www.internfever.com

http://www.twenty19.com

http://www.internshala.com

Useful Online Resources

http://www.careerpath.com/

http://careerplanning.about.com/od/careerchoicechan/tp/Career-Choice.htm

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2010/12/06/how-to-choose-a-career-thats-best-for-you

http://www.careerkey.org/asp/how-to-choose-a-career.html

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