Career Myths and How to Debunk Them
Most people make assumptions about careers. Often, these assumptions are based on impressions they get from relatives and friends, from television shows, and from workers and jobs that they see in their daily lives.
Impressions are a good place to start when looking for a career because they help people to identify possibilities. But at the same time, impressions can be misleading. They show only a small portion of reality, or worse: no reality at all. That’s when career impressions become career myths.
People make all kinds of false assumptions—about an occupation’s working conditions, job duties, educational requirements, employment prospects, and more—because they have limited information. For example, many people think that there are no opportunities in the manufacturing trades, that all high-paying jobs require a college degree, and that most teachers earn below-average salaries. None of these myths is true. And believing myths like these limits career choices unnecessarily.
Chances are that you harbor myths and stereotypes about careers. And you might not even realize that you do. Some myths are easily dismissed; others interfere with your ability to develop career goals. You can keep myths from derailing your career search by learning to confirm your beliefs or expose your misconceptions for what they are. Expand your options and uncover the truth about each career. Reality tools—including statistics, expert advice, and real-world experiences—can supply the facts.
Career Myths That Stop People Cold
Myth: There is one perfect job for me.
Reality: There are many occupations—and many jobs—that you would enjoy. Focusing on finding a single, perfect career is not only intimidating, it’s limiting. If you’re like most people, you will have several jobs and careers in your life, and each will have positive and negative aspects to it. Furthermore, your job preferences are apt to change over time as you gain experience, skill, and self-knowledge. Keeping your options open is a position of strength, not weakness.
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