How to choose your future specialty and profession

The closer the graduation, the more often you muse about your future. Where to get a higher education, should you stay at home or go abroad? What specialization is worth to be chosen and what kind of profession will bring you success in life? The decision you have to make is much more significant than you might think. So let’s get down to it responsibly.

The importance of making the right choice of specialty

Sooner or later any of us faces one of the most important stages of the life. It is about that very moment when you have to define your place in the future. Some people approach this matter with insufficient zeal, while others are, on the contrary, too enthusiastic while picking a particular field. Both of them, due to an incorrect assessment of the situation, often make inadequate decisions. We strongly recommend that you do not make such mistakes since they can be very costly for you later on.

Why is the final decision about your future specialty so important anyway? In truth, there are enough of reasons to make such statement. For example, there are a lot of cases when people get a higher education and after graduation, in 5-10 years, suddenly understand that it is not really their cup of tea. Or vice versa, some adore their specialty but eventually they are forced to abandon their so-called vocation in favor of larger salary.

As you see, there are quite reasonable grounds to believe that the choice of the future specialty is fundamental, and it is necessary to approach it with all possible seriousness. Otherwise, you risk to find yourself among those who made the mistake at the very beginning and spent years to realize it. To help you with this difficult decision and to avoid possible unpleasant consequences, the current article was written. First, let’s look at the most popular specialties at present. Who knows, maybe you will decide to choose one of them for yourself.

Most demandable specialties in the world

Before further reading, please, take into account that these specialties given below are considered “the most demandable” from the common point of view. And this by no means indicates that specialties that are not included in the list are not in demand at all.

So here they are, the top world fields and specialties:

  • Medicine
    The field of Medicine, in general, is fairly counted as the one that contains the biggest set of specialties which are always popular in a job market of any country in the world. Still, there are three specialties which, nowadays, divide the first place by demand for relevant specialists:

    • Family Medicine (General Practice)
      It is a part of medicine that is devoted to comprehensive health care for people of every age and gender in the context of the family and the community. The specialty is not narrowed to just one part of a body or a group of diseases.
    • Emergency Medicine
      Emergency medicine is aimed to respond immediately to acute illness and injury of adult or pediatric patients. There are more and more trainings and programmes for that kind of specialists.
    • Psychiatry
      Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that studies the causes, manifestations, course, methods of prevention and treatment of mental illnesses.
    • Pediatrics
      Pediatrics is a part of medical science, which objective is to treat children.
    • Nursing
      It is a part of the health system, including efforts to strengthen public health, disease prevention, providing psychosocial support and care for persons with physical and mental illness, as well as disabled people of all groups.
  • Economics
    It is a range of social science disciplines which study the organization and management of industrial production, efficient use of resources, exchange, distribution and consumption of goods and services etc.

    • Marketing
      An activity aimed at achieving the objectives of enterprises, institutions, and organizations by creating demand and maximize customer satisfaction.
    • Management
      It is the process of planning, regimenting, and control of any organization to achieve coordination of human and material resources necessary for effective execution.
    • Accounting and Auditing
      These are two systematic processes. The first one is responsible for gathering, processing and storing all financial data of a company, while the other one reviews and investigates the financial and non-financial aspects of any business.
  • Computer Science
    It is the scientific discipline that studies the methods and processes of creation, conversion, storage, and transfer information to use it in various fields of human activity.

    • Software engineering
      Its main responsibility lies in applying the principles of software engineering to the design, development, maintenance, testing, and evaluation of the software and systems that make computers or anything containing software work.
    • Computer security (Cybersecurity)
      It is the protection and prevention computer systems from the intrusion or damage to the hardware, software or the information they store.
  • Engineering
    It is the use of matter, energy and abstract objects to create structures, machines, and equipment designed for a specific function or solve a particular problem.

    • Electronic engineering
      Electronic Engineering provides the correct technical exploitation and continuous operation of any electronic equipment.
    • Mechanical engineering
      It is the field of scientific and technical knowledge responsible for research, design, production and maintenance of mechanical systems applying the principles of engineering, physics and materials science.
    • Civil engineering
      It includes engineering and consulting services for preparing, providing construction and operation of industrial, infrastructural and other kinds of facilities.

Essential criteria while choosing a specialty

Even though you have got familiar with some of the specialties which are in great request for today, it is quite obvious that there is an enormous quantity of different specializations on the planet. To help you pick one for yourself, we have created a kind of guide containing the proven tips. If you can answer the questions posed in each of the elements of the proposed list, the choice of future specialization will no longer be a problem.If you are ready, let’s get started then:

Define your preferences

Solving the task of detecting your specialty begins with a field determining. A few questions might be helpful here:

  • What school subjects are you strongest at? In most cases, it directly shows an internal predisposition to one or another profession.
  • What is your hobby? Your hobbies and things you love to do in your spare time most of all will transfer into your specialization, fully or partially.
  • What can you do the best? Check with your family and friends, ask them what are you good at? Let them remember the particular situations when you were able to help. How exactly did you do that?

If you answered the previous questions carefully enough, a field of study is more or less evident already. The next logical step is to check on the available specialties under the field. Write them out. Now, find the following information for each specialty which looks quite interesting for you:

  • Average salary (monthly or annual). You may search the level of compensation in the whole world or just in your country. It depends on your future plans for a work location.
  • Tuition fee. It is understandable that to become a demandable specialist you have to get a proper education. So, as you have a list of specialties, just check a range of fees for each. First, make a research by your city and country, then consider abroad educational institutions and their offers.
  • Duration of studying. It is also an important parameter. Aside from the possibility to measure a full cost of education and decide if you and your family can afford it, you understand if you are okay with the term. Because there are specialties that take more than 6 years to become a specialist (especially in medicine).

After you gathered all needed information, make a simple comparison. Presumably, there are about 3 specialties you take pretty seriously by now. Do you know exactly what specialists of chosen specializations do? What their direct responsibilities, schedule? Is there a possibility to get promotion in the future? That is awesome if you have clear answers to these and similar questions. Now close your eyes and imagine yourself one of these specialists. Feel like you do this and that every day for 5-10 years. If in a minute or two it didn’t make you sick, it is definitely your specialty, go for it! 🙂

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