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Offbeat careers have always been viewed with suspicion; today, however, choosing what you love as your career has become much more acceptable – and profitable!
Following through on what you love is one of the most difficult tasks for anyone, especially when it comes to the type of career you wish to pursue. Yes, society prefers kids to choose careers that are well-accepted by the majority; such as being a doctor, lawyer or an engineer.
Choosing an offbeat sort of career is definitely a bold step for any child, amidst so much social pressure. Even bolder and more difficult than that is to choose a career that is absolutely not in line with the degree you have been pursuing all your academic life.
It is a belief that such offbeat careers don’t bring in security in the life of the pursuer. The fact is, it is now that time when such offbeat careers are very much appreciated and are being welcomed in the industry. Most of these careers such as social work, painting, writing, photography to name a few have never got as much encouragement or financial success in the past. However, they are now getting recognised and have created a niche for themselves in the market.
I feel that one can be successful in his or her career no matter what the work is, but only when the person has an absolute passion and dedication towards it. As the saying goes, “When you love your work it doesn’t seem like work to you, it becomes a fun thing for you”
When a person loves the work, the talent and the ideas flow out from within on its own. One doesn’t need to force it to get that perfect idea. There are many reasons to choose such offbeat careers. Firstly, it gives you that satisfaction of fulfilling your own dream in your own way. Secondly, no work is bad; they are all unique in their own way. And there are always fat chances of success in that particular line. Thirdly, taking up something that isn’t been done till now gives you a fair chance to encash the benefits of being the early bird in that industry.
…taking up something that isn’t been done till now gives you a fair chance to encash the benefits of being the early bird in that industry.
Being a Masters in Computer Applications, working as a website content writer has been one of the toughest journeys for me. Not because I had any difficulty or faced any kind of hindrance entering into this world of writers; rather, the uneasiness lay in the kind of reaction I got from my surroundings.
Although it was a bit of a turn off initially, at the end what I rounded up to was that it is not they who are going to work; it’s me who has to work on it for the long term. How could I choose something for a lifetime that I could never accept somewhere deep in my heart? It is like choosing someone as your life partner with whom your emotions never clicked! Yes, I guess one’s profession plays as big a role as a life partner; it comes into your life before your better half arrives and will remain with you till the last phase of your life.
It is very important for everyone to understand that it is not only the money you earn that matters; money indeed does come as a part and parcel of any job you do, but the level of satisfaction, the happiness you get with what you love to do, and above all, the accolades for your work that come along with your good performance has no substitute.
First published at author’s blog
Pursuing Diploma in Community Mental Health, NIMHANS
Former Forensic Psychologist Intern.
Former content writer.
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