It’s Not Who We Are, But What We Choose To Become: Careers Today

In today’s society young people account for almost one in five of the Australian population.

It is true that the future of Australia lies in the hands of its youth. However, young people are experiencing troubles when it comes time to decide which career to undertake.

I know myself, as an undergraduate university student, the world that lies beyond university remains both scary and unknown.

Knowing that the future of Australia relies on people I pass at university or friends I grab a cup of coffee with is quite a frightening idea.

When at university the choosing of a future career seems decades away, until you reach the last semester of your degree.

If, as children, you asked us what we wanted to be when we were older, we would have had answers from firemen, doctors and nurses to superheroes or hairdressers.


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It is only since I have been at university that it has become apparent how many different career paths actually exist.

I believe that young people today are capable of achieving any task and overcoming any obstacle placed in their way.

It’s hard to imagine what the world would be like without the influence of young people.

Deciding on a career can be a daunting task for young people. This is because they need to decide what is right for themselves and not just fall victim to the expectations of others.

After all, what is important to one person might not be important to another.

Such a decision shouldn’t be rushed, as it will become known to the person when the time is right.

There are so many career paths nowadays, people constantly swap and change careers all the time. What was once a life-changing decision, is no longer such a definitive one.

Within a certain field of employment there are many different opportunities to change and advance in a job. This means that young people no longer face the decision of a certain career but more a certain job industry.

Young people are the future. If Australia gave them a voice instead of assuming they are to young to know anything of importance, perhaps they would find choosing a career easier.

By Brittany Grimble

Hi I'm Britt :) Just finished second year of media and communications at Swinburne at Hawthorn. Just discovered the wonders of Twitter, and have become addicted. Avid Collingwood supporter; yet I still do have all my teeth.


  1. Kelley

    18/06/2012 at 11:57 am

    Well said. High school students need to understand the wealth of options they have no matter what degree they do. I didn’t want to be an engineer, so I didn’t do engineering. But it could have resulted in all kinds of career opportunities if I had continued doing subjects that interested me. There are so many options it’s difficult to choose, so many end up doing what their parents did because it’s all they understand. Teenagers need a solid understand of the pros and cons of 1) degrees/certs/doctorates etc and 2) trades, including wages, work/life balance, need/opportunity to travel and how transferable any skill set is. It’s the start of learning to take responsibility for ourselves and the role we play in the country’s future.

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  3. Linh

    21/03/2013 at 12:01 pm

    It appears that a recent trend nowadays is creating your career instead of passively choosing an existing one. I totally agree on your point of leaving the career decision to young people individually though it is quite challenging for the young to make such a big choice without any influence from their family, peers and society. I would think we, counting myself as a young one, may need some time to shut down outside so that we can hear our inner voices of what we truly want to do and what we want to become in the future. Only when we can define our motivation and objectives, we will know which path to follow and keep chasing our dreams till the end.
    I would say studying is not only from universities or any other educational institutes as well as career is not only working and earning money. Career is a lifestyle then why don’t we make it attractive and joyful instead of suffering from it ? I would prefer working with my passion and inspirations than working with obligations and responsibilities. Again, it is just the way of thinking that we may want to adopt as students when seeking for a career!

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