The destiny of a person is very important and it all depends on choices that are made early in life and not later. Among the important things in life is a career path of an individual right from grade one upwards to grade twelve. This paper analyzes how a career should be selected and what important things or issues to consider when choosing a career.
It takes some effort to get to the right track in conjunction with careers as there are many challenges that are associated with choosing these careers, however it is not the same for many young people as (Allen…103) says that, “A person can have an overwhelming number of things and still function clearly and positively”. Young women and men sometimes face problems in choosing careers for the reason that there are role models that they emulate and some of them and in fact many of them are under pressure from parents to do what they want and even to be what they are, for instance, if parents are doctors or lawyers or engineers they could want their sons and daughters to take this career course regardless of their qualifications and ambitions. But this is a wrong way of doing things as (Howse, Hugh & Marshall…167) notes clearly that, “it is unwise to encourage a child to be a quitter; on the other hand serious damage can be done in forcing children in situations where they are desperately unhappy”. For my case parents have been very supportive to this end.
Since childhood the dream career is to become an engineer and the engineering field is too wide from material engineering to environmental engineering. For this case Civil Engineering is the career in heart and many colleges and universities in the world offer Civil Engineering. There are so many points that are taken into consideration and they vary from one institution to the other i.e. admission requirements, tuition, accommodation, students’ co-curricular activities and many others as (Maxwell…32) notes that, “there is great significance on less considered questions of how, when and where when plans are laid to achieve an objective”. The best colleges and universities are technical or technological and science oriented ones for example Minnesota State University and Michigan State University. However, for my choice it is Minnesota state university which has slightly lower tuition fees, a flexible work-study program and ranked among the top notch universities in the United States of America and the world. With its good name and exemplary performance many employers book students in advance to net them early to work for them. This is the unique reason as to why I have chosen this university. The undergraduates work as interns in various field concerned with Civil Engineering while they are studying and some have had arrangements to work there during holidays like summer holidays for wages. With all the above benefits, the admission requirements are very stringent which need higher grades from high school and college to obtain an admission. Research facilities in the institution are state-of-the art.
Nevertheless, anything good comes with its costs. Many other universities and colleges are costly when it comes to engineering courses but Minnesota University if a little lower which is averagely $31,000 plus all other expenses apart from personal expenses. This may not be a burden to many people as there is a stable study-work programme. The arrangement of the university and potential employers to attach the students of all fields more especially Civil Engineering has admirably enhanced work experience of students. The slightly lower fees ha enabled many a student to complete their studies in time and smoothly without interruption. The combination of these two points i.e. lower fees and industrial attachment have assured many students that they may not miss opportunities I among them during this economic crisis all over the world.
Students’ welfare right away from relating with others that is to say, communication to assistance from the department of Civil Engineering has reduced the stress that is associated with this field of my liking as (Stewart…78) “Listening skill itself is handy in not only solving conflicts but improves and natures interpersonal contact”. The units covered in this faculty are transferable to hundreds of colleges within and without the country and this is an important point to consider in case of internship abroad.
So often when there is a good start, always the end is very beneficial and satisfactory. Personally I am happy and on the way to success whereby it will be a crown of contentment to my parents, friends, community and a country as a whole. It will be a dream-come true. The best focus when choosing a career is based on marketability of the field of study during hard and soft times. My success which is around the corner will be an encouragement and a light to other many young people from my locality and a country as a whole.