This question is often asked by fresh students, pre-university, pre-college students and graduates from universities after convocation also reassess this question. In short- this is a career choice dilemma. One which you might have experienced or you are about to experience.

Making a choice of whether to ditch History for Computer programming or Economics for Big data analysis or Financial analysis expert is a huge decision right?

Should you follow your heart when the question poses itself or should you rather consult employability statistics related to that course?

Whichever you end up consulting- the truth of the matter is that such decisions are best taken when you have all the facts in front you. Although you might choose a particular degree over another for the sake of satisfying your passion; does passion gain you financial stability?

 

Really difficult to say- we have footballers kicking the round ball and earning more money on a weekly basis. Is that not because they had passion for football?

 

Obviously, most footballers have this passion; they were not driven to football because they had no other option. As you might have witnessed most footballers after retirement either end up in analysing football matches on renowned TV stations or end up establishing a business.

Let’s take a pause from the football scenario.

 

Tips on choosing right- passion or employability?

 

First, the easiest route to making that choice is counselling. If you are confused or not sure of what to do. It is better to spend hours with a counsellor seeking the best form of action rather than rush into decision making.

Secondly, with the internet today – you can conduct a simple research on certain courses and their employability ratio. For instance, if you had like to study History or Politics- you need to consider how employable such course is. Most graduates in this field rarely use such degrees except those planning to work in the academia- instead they diversify into other fields or low skill sectors (IT sector, freelancing, writing, campaign manager, social media campaign expert among others).

That does not mean they end up getting less salaries. Your ability to be creative would determine how employable you are. It is the individual and not the course that determines employability in most cases. As such, flexibility and creativity is the most crucial element of remaining employable.

Thirdly, through counselling you should be able to get a closer look at yourself. Although the ability to choose might be wavering; consider how much investment both financially and time wise you are going to invest.

Whatever course or degree you choose to study. Always think out of the box- you should not be rigid. The labour market is competitive; therefore whatever jobs you would be applying for might need technical skills. Add the acquisition of such technical skills to your education. This implies if you are studying a course in the Humanities or Social sciences. Your plan B should be the acquisition of technical skills (like IT Skills: networking, web design, graphic design, technical writing, copywriting among others which might give you an upper hand in the labour market.

 

Whatever you decide- be realistic about your chances of surviving in the labour market or creating a job for yourself (self employment). Let facts, hard figures, real time data influence your career choice.