New Delhi, August 02, 2018: Scope is a term often used in the career world. ‘Scope of biotechnology’, ‘scope of psychology in India’, ‘which career has the most scope’ are some of the most popular Google search terms related to careers in India, and they are a befitting example of our obsession with “scope” as a factor for career choice.
The ‘scope’ obession
Scope is imprinted in our minds to the extent that it becomes one of the primary factors in most career decisions
As long as a career has a good scope in the future, our interest, personality, aptitude and career-fit, nothing seems to matter
A preoccupation with scope can prove to be detrimental to your career choice
Here are 4 reasons why you need to look beyond the scope of a career when making your career choice:
1. THE CAREER WITH THE MOST SCOPE MIGHT NOT BE A GOOD FIT FOR YOU
For instance, a Google search result tells you that engineering has the most scope in the future, however, if you don’t even exhibit the basic aptitude necessary to become an engineer, then it can prove to be a disaster for you.
Your fit for a career depends on factors such as your aptitude, interest, personality traits, motivators, etc
If these factors do not match with the career purported to have the most scope, you would not be able to do justice to your job or feel satisfied with it.
Hence, the scope of your career cannot define your success in that career
The path leading to each career requires hard work, talent and skills, and the amalgamation of these determines how successful you will be — irrespective of the scope according to reports published in indiatoday.in
You might be at the top of the hierarchy in a career with less scope, or at the bottom of the hierarchy in a career with more scope.
2. SCOPE FOR MANY FIELDS IS CREATED OVER TIME
‘Scope’ is a very fluid concept and is never static
The career that might be soaring high in the job market today may fade away in the near future, and a career that doesn’t even exist today may bloom into a fully-functioning industry as time passes!
The dynamic nature of the world of careers creates space for novel jobs to exist with the passage of time
Fields like data science, UI/UX design, machine learning, social media marketing, blogging, ethical hacking, etc, which didn’t even exist a few decades ago, are today among the top emerging careers.
3. YOU MIGHT MISS OUT ON SOMETHING PERFECT FOR YOU IN THE PURSUIT OF SCOPE
The thought that the career you choose will not have a good future is one that scares many
Yet, what you are not considering is if the career is meant for you, you can do miracles and create a demand for that career yourself!
An example of such a person who wrote his own destiny is Amit Agarwal
He was India’s first professional blogger, who started his tech blog ‘The Digital Inspiration’ back in 2004 when blogging was an entirely alien concept.
Now, he has 3 million+ visitors on his blog every month!
Thus, scope exists in each and every field, and there are always people who can prove their worth through their work
4. SCOPE IS OFTEN MORE SYNONYMOUS WITH POPULARITY THAN ACTUAL DEMAND
People often believe that if they follow the trodden path that everyone follows, success might knock on their door
If a path makes one person successful, it might not throw light upon other people too
Not realizing this, people often run behind other people so as to carve a niche for themselves
This crowd/herd mentality is more often than not the actual reason behind why some careers are professed to have a lot of scope, even when there is no actual data to support such claims.
This illusionary scope produced by other’s opinions might land you in trouble
SO WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN SCOPE?
Scope is not the best factor to determine your perfect career, as we have already discussed
The intertwined threads of personality, aptitude and interest will indeed weave your best fit
Popularity may reduce demand in a career, opinion of someone else might not suit you, or a perfect career for you might exist today.
Thus, only you can create the need of your career and strive to do well, irrespective of its scope!