“Financial gain should be the most important factor in choosing a career”

 The author argues that one must choose his career on the basis of prospective financial gains in that career. Although nobody can deny money’s importance in the modern capitalistic world, but I strongly disagree with the author’s suggestion of deciding one’s career path on the sole basis of monetary gains.

 Firstly, one’s career is a function of his ability and his interests. But unfortunately we see numerous cases of children being thrust into a profession against their wish just because the that career seemed to be a better option financially. What good will it do to a person exceptionally good in arts, but admitted in an engineering college. Perhaps he’ll neither be a good engineer, nor will he get a chance to showcase his art to the world.

 Furthermore, the career path one chooses depends on personal priorities. If one’s priority is money, he’d surely go the author’s way. But there are things that matter more to many people than just money. As an example: can any amount of money replace the joy of innovation when a scientist discovers something never ever seen before or the applause and adulation that an amateur pianist gets at the end of his first live performance.

 Some may argue that if you have the money, rest of the things like fame, power etc follow. Quoting the examples of business tycoons like Bill Gates and Richard Branson, they suggest getting rich will ensure that you’ll get everything else that you want. What they completely miss is the fact that in most cases, the successful person followed his interest, which combined with his planning and diligence became a rewarding career for him. In fact it’s mostly the other way round: if you make a mark in the career of your interest, you surely are not far from monetary gains as well. Even the sports-stars and artists, who always chose to follow the career of their interest are one of the richest people in today’s world.

Lastly, but perhaps most importantly there are professions like social service which almost offer nothing in terms of monetary gains, but still there are people who devote their whole life to these and it is because of these people, the world becomes a better place to leave in. For example: Mother Teresa surely wasn’t the richest lady of her times, but two hundred years down the line, we’ll perhaps remember her unconditional service more than ventures of today’s business barons.

 To sum, I’d say that no doubt, money is an important entity in today’s world, but when it comes to choosing one’s career, it is one’s talent and interest that matters. One must not let it come between him and the career of his choice.

2 Responses to “AWA Issue#31”

  1. Good blog!
    Written well.
    Pay heed to the word “most” in the topic. Do not use the word “argue” on the issue topic.

  2. missionmba says:

    Thanks for the comments…

    I noticed the use of “argue” and was thinking that the e-rater may think that I’m confused between the two sections…
    But forgot to replace that 🙁

    I cud not get the “most” part of the comment.. I believe that required me to draw comparisons with other aspects in judging a career,which I did. Please elaborate..

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