The True Love of a Career

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Did you ever ask yourself why you chose your career path? Is it because of your passion and interest, or is it because it’s a career that’s depicted to grant financial stability to those who choose it? This is the question that has been raised in a recent Yahoo! Finance article. Are college students pursuing their major because it is something they have dreamed about doing since they were little or is it because a family member is pushing them to study for a specific profession? Can students be pursuing a major because they know financial stability and success are linked to that profession? This is a major issue surrounding not just our own NYIT campus, but college campuses across the United States.

College students today are facing a world of tough economic times, uncertainty, and a job market where the unemployment rate hasn’t improved much within the last four years. Looking ahead, students feel the need to ensure their future economic stability and a job that can deliver such stability.  “A financially stable job is something I think about almost every day leading up to graduation,” says Hemant Varshney, a senior finance major at the Old Westbury campus. Varshney will be graduating with his Bachelor’s of Finance degree in December. He says, “The job market hasn’t shown much improvement, and it is scary to think you may not find a job after graduation.” Along with the uncertainty expressed, there is an array of professions that students pursue in which money is not the main concern.  Kimberly Jimenez, a Communication Arts major explains the passion she holds for her targeted profession. “This is something I’ve been interested in since my sophomore year of high school; it’s something I’ve wanted to pursue regardless of the paycheck. At the end of the day, money is a factor, but it’s just an added bonus to working in a field that I have pursued for so long.” While it is still very much relevant, Kimberley’s passion for her major outshines the necessity of the paycheck, an opinion which many students can relate to.

Students pursue their majors for a variety of different reasons. A few anonymous students in the BS/DO (Bachelor’s of Science and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) program admitted to being pressured by their families to “follow in the footsteps of their relatives”, and pursue the BS/DO certification. This was solely because their parents wanted them to become doctors, not because that is necessarily what they, the students, truly want to study. In this situation, students have pursued their studies because of the wants of family members. Neither the money, nor the profession is truly in their line of sight.

Finally, there are students who pursue their majors because of both the interest they hold and the financial stability it offers. Joseph Dadabo, a senior studying Construction Management explains why he has chosen his major. He says, “Construction management has a bright future, there is money to be made, and I enjoy the type of work expected of me once I graduate.” Joseph’s principles follow guidelines which many students can relate to. This includes an interest in what they’re studying and a rewarding salary to boot. “I enjoy my major, am confident in the career path I chose, and I feel my major offers a good pay scale and a secure job market.”

Hemant, Kimberley, and Joseph represent three different reasons students pursue their majors for specific professional fields. With the difficult economy that our country has faced, as of late, these issues are being brought into the discussion more and more when high school seniors and juniors start looking at colleges to attend and where exactly they want their career path to follow. Many prospective students now ask the popular question, “Should I choose my major because it’s something I enjoy doing, or for the pay check attached to it?” This can lead to the question many students ask themselves, “Should I choose my career path because I enjoy the work I’m doing, or for the financial stability behind it?”

 

 

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