The one common advice that every student gets during their school or college days is to follow a single career path. But in today’s changing job environment we must ask ourselves the question “Is it worth pursuing a single career option?” No would be the logical answer. Because as days pass by, many conventional jobs are becoming obsolete or unattainable for the new generation of job seekers. There are many reasons for this including the fast-paced development of modern technologies and artificial intelligence. So the job environment is becoming uncertain and it is high time for the new generation to think about different career options rather and sticking on to a specific one.
New millennials and candidates from Generation Z must have different career options in mind and must acquire skills demanded by the new job market. For example, if we take the case of a job seeker looking for a place in the academic sphere might get disappointed because the bottom part of the academic job pyramid is flooded with too many candidates with enough qualifications. Only a few will get tenure or in the Indian scenario the post of professor. So the future of a person who had only prepared himself only for one job, by acquiring only the specific skills required for that job, will be bleak in the present situation.
So here we need a multidisciplinary approach which will lead to an inter-disciplinary thought which is useful in many areas of life including the job environment. Rather than joining a group of similarly trained experts in a specific subject, you can be an expert in multiple disciplines and you will be able to stand out in the crowd. Besides this, the student who seeks expertise in multiple disciplines will be highly motivated and creative because of their interest and knowledge in the subject. Having different options at hand will give us more flexible career choices. With their unique world view and rich perspectives, these multi-disciplinary students will stand out to employers.
As parents and teachers, we need to ask ourselves the big question. How to enable our children future-ready to prepare for multiple careers. Make our children acquire new skills and empower them to ask different kinds of questions. Let them think out of the syllabus so that they can explore different disciplines on their own. Ensure that they understand the fact that soft skills are not to be dealt with softness anymore, since this might be the only thing that separates them from an equally qualified candidate. And finally, we must make them understand that there is no special curriculum for multiple careers, but the acquisition of necessary skills that will help them sail across the rough waters that lie ahead of them.
There were the days when we glorified the motto of “One Goal” but now it’s high time to think ahead with advancing technology and wavering scenarios of the world. In order to be able to have different career options, a person must be aware of the changing trends and novel opportunities in the present society. Earlier the advancements and innovations in every sector were made known to the public through newspapers, journals and media but now this knowledge is at your fingertips, a search away, and also propagated through social media platforms. Like minds can come together to share their insights and knowledge regarding various areas of interest. As the growth of every sector is exponential, it’s essential that we are updated about everything that’s happening within the areas of our passion to pursue the same. Those who pursue multiple career choices would have a wider social circle which will eventually help them in finding new opportunities. This is very important in a scenario where there is a cloud of uncertainty over every job that is available today.
Our previous generation lacked choice. But today what we have at our hands are so many choices. Although we all consider reserving multiple options at hand, changing careers is not that easy as it sounds. The key lies in your ability to transfer and make use of the skills at hand along with acquiring new skills as fast as you can. Ultimately it will be like selecting your clothes. It will all be about conscience and personal choice.