“Meydan” interviews an international recruitment consultant… How to get rid of the confusion of searching for the best job?
You are a young man of fifteen, you are sitting at your desk and staring at the ceiling of the room and drifting into daydreams: I want to be a doctor, but I love music and I want to learn the piano, while my friend advises me to learn German immediately so that I can get a job abroad, how I wish to live In a European country!
Meanwhile, you watch your older brother drive his recently purchased X6 after winning a lucrative business deal, and at the same time you look up to your cousin who studied space science and now works at NASA and lives a luxurious life in the United States, thinking for a moment that life In the US it may be better than Europe, but one of your sister’s friends got a scholarship from Al-Alsun College to study Japanese in Tokyo, and you love the anime they make.
Dreams drive adrenaline in your body, you feel that you have a lot of energy to do everything, but your father does not care about all this, and he keeps urging you to choose an engineering college to become an engineer like him, so what should you do?
Several decades ago, the options were few and the methods were clear and unambiguous. “In the past, young people only knew the jobs that parents or family members did, or the professions of the people they encounter in their daily lives,” Dr. Michelle Tollier, who has been an employment consultant for more than 20 years, told Meydan. Like doctors and teachers.”
Mostly you would grow up to work in agriculture or commerce, or sometimes you might become a doctor, an engineer, or even an atom scientist. Today, with the whole world just a click away, it is no longer possible to be satisfied with what is available in your country. How is that as you watch the wide world, different cultures, new job opportunities, and fields you’ve never heard of take over the job market?
Traveling to study abroad was also not so popular as it is now. The Internet opened the door for us to the “Ali Baba” cave, which was crowded with various scholarships to study abroad, and social networking sites doubled the chances of these grants reaching everyone without exception.
“During the genesis of Generation Z and millennials, they were exposed to many professional examples thanks to their global view of the world and the huge number of connections through social media,” Tollier adds. Now you can choose not only from among the colleges in your country, but from almost all the colleges in the world if you meet the entry requirements. Of course, the higher your college education, the higher your chances of winning a brilliant job later on.
It sounds exhilarating and attractive, and post-millennials may indeed be luckier than previous generations, but what if these choices are a disaster for you? How can you choose among this wide sea of areas of life?
Lots of jam
In a famous experiment at the turn of the millennium, consumers were offered 24 different tastes of jam, and then that number was reduced to just 6. The objective of this experiment was to determine whether or not the number of choices available to the buyer will affect his purchasing decisions.
This experiment resulted in the term ‘Paradox of choice’, in which jam sales were found to increase by 10% when the selections were reduced to just 6, as opposed to expected. The paradox of choice means that your ability to make a decision is inversely proportional – at a certain point – to the number of options available to you, and what applies to choosing a breeder applies to choosing your life path.
It is not surprising today to find young people in a state of confusion, lost in front of this dreadful amount of training courses, language centers, scholarships and training workshops that qualify for different jobs. With just one look at the “save” menu on your Facebook profile, we can spot dozens of listings for sites offering free courses, links that teach you languages in 3 months, not to mention job postings for programmers, designers, and content writers. You might say to yourself, “I can do this,” but how do you choose a job if you are free to become anything on earth?
Tollier says in her interview withSquare“The experience of the jam is absolutely pertinent to the career selection process. Although much research on the abundance of choices has focused on consumer behavior — how we make decisions about the products and services we buy — the same principle can be applied to career choices.”
We can consider the labor market to provide “jobs for sale”, and you, as a consumer, have to choose the best taste, and the currency in which you will pay is the years of education, the costs of courses, postgraduate studies, etc. Tollier continues, “We use the word market in the context of the labor market or the professional market, so metaphorically we can think of young people’s career choices as the process of deciding which career direction to buy.”
Before trying jam, the abundance of choices was often celebrated as a way to a better and happier life. Having a variety of options in front of you increases your inner sense of control, because you will choose what you feel passionate about, not what life’s limited choices impose on you. But after a certain number of choices, abundance can become a burden to you. “I see this problem a lot with my younger clients,” Tollier tells Meydan. “When they see the results of their professional assessment (also known as a job test) they are surprised by the large number, sometimes hundreds, of occupations that match their abilities, interests and strengths, and they can get lost in thousands of jobs. choices.”
Imagine that you are choosing between 10 different career paths, studying the advantages and disadvantages of each, researching the experiences of others who have preceded you in each path, and continuing to analyze each new piece of information until you reach the “ideal choice” that will give you the greatest happiness, self-realization, and financial fulfillment.
Of course, there is no perfect career, so you may keep looking forever without making a real decision. You are now in a state of paralysis known as “analysis paralysis”. Psychologist George Miller’s theory explains it, where working memory is believed to absorb only 5-9 stimuli at the same time, so any number of options greater than this number can leave you confused and distracted.
It’s definitely not that simple. Even if you choose a career path that gives you stability and happiness, you may regret later on sitting at a family gathering with your sister-in-law talking about his many accomplishments, or watching your peers on social media talk about their great jobs.
Tollier continues: “Now they are [الشباب] They see people around the world (online, perhaps through their personal networks, doing all kinds of hard work, and they may feel anxious about having to settle for just one job.”) You may feel like those around you have a better life, or a happier one. And, of course, better jobs than you.
In the world we live in today with thousands of options, and many people who are fond of showing off what they do and have on social media, it is easy to regret. Barry Schwartz, in his famous book, The Paradox of Choice, describes Buyer’s remorse: that we have taken, or we imagine that there are better alternatives that we have not yet discovered.” This creates a feeling of dissatisfaction with what we have chosen, even if our choice is in fact a good one.
There is another factor that cannot be overlooked while choosing your career path, which is “you”, what you prefer and are able to do, not just what the market offers of jobs that look promising in the future. Tollier says toSquare“It is important to choose a career field that is growing or is expected to remain stable – if career growth, stability and increased financial return are a priority for the individual – but it is not always a good idea to choose a job just because of the expectation that it will thrive.”
Parents sometimes fall into this trap when they push their children to learn a field because of expectations that it will be the dominant field in the future. “We’ve seen this in the interest in programming, where everyone was expected to learn programming from a very young age. Programming is a very valuable skill, but not everyone may be a good fit for a software engineer job,” Tollier continues.
We may sometimes forget that children are different, and each has their own abilities and preferences that don’t necessarily align with what their parents want, Tollier says. .
And it’s not just parents, sometimes the source of this pressure is the person themselves, as Tullier explains: “Young people sometimes put this pressure on themselves. They may hear that jobs in sustainability (building biosystems) are exciting, without considering whether That’s their concern, or they might see thousands of jobs posted for nurses or health care workers, and think they might have to go in that direction even though they pass out at the sight of blood.” This enthusiasm for new and exciting usually attracts young people to options that are not suitable for their abilities, especially if these jobs generate high financial income.
Young people also have a short view of the future. “For example, I often work with people who are 20 or 25 years old and feel that the profession they choose now is the one they will continue in for the rest of their lives.” This feeling of the eternity of choice is bound to generate violent anxiety within you. What if you make a bad choice? What if better job opportunities emerged later? This brings us back to the analytical paralysis that will hinder your making any real decision. “After being trained in the possibility of changing careers or starting a trade several times during their lifetime, they are more relaxed,” Tollier continues.
Everything that applies to choosing a new job also applies to changing career paths later. It’s no wonder that after several years in your job, you feel that this place does not suit you, and that you not only need to look for another place to work, but also look for a new job in the first place, perhaps the job that you dreamed of as a child and did not come true for some reason.
At this point in your life, the problems of changing your career path do not stop at the abundance of options, but extend to your concern about your financial security. What if you don’t succeed in your new path? What if you spend your savings on a project that will fail later? Of course, this worry is heightened by the presence of a family that depends on you.
At the conclusion of her meeting withSquareTollier gives advice to young people about to choose their career path: “It is not wise to choose a job that is stagnant or is likely to die soon, but it is also not wise to choose a job just because it is on the (promising) list.”
To narrow down your options to a reasonable number from which you can really choose, perhaps you should start the search process backwards, Tollier says: “Instead, young people should know their strengths and interests, what kind of tasks motivate them, and what kind of work environment they can adapt to. Then choose the most brilliant profession to which these conditions apply.
2- The Paradox of choice – Barry Schwartz