Clear thinking will permit one to assert that career mistake can be divided into two. The mistakes made by students before they find themselves active in the world of commercialism, and the blunder perpetrated by those who are already active in the career world.
Biggest mistakes and how to prevent them
Parents should be constantly reminded that it is not their responsibility to choose a career for their children.
Consider a situation where a father mistakes talent for book intelligence. He sees the capacity of the child, and with desire, he counsels: “you will do well in the field of science, medicine to be precise. I want you to become a medical doctor.” This, the child is made to believe. He then pretends to be coping well in the mandatory field, and with respect, he promises not to let down his father.
But, time is a wonderful thing, it has the capability of bringing forth our true self. And when it does in this case, regret takes the place of pretense.
Another is compelled to study a course with the belief that it is an access to a well-paid job. Everything is done to achieve better grades; including the ignoring of passions call.
However, it is true that things do not always come as hoped; and when the truthfulness of this fact starts manifesting itself with time, frustration usually takes the place of hope.
There are other examples that could be cited for the purpose of emphasizing more on the mistakes made by students with regards to career. But these two should do; for they are the majors when it comes to career mistakes made by students.
How to prevent career mistakes made by students:
1. It should be infused into the consciousness of parents that it is the sole duty of the child to chose for his/herself a choice career to pursue. And this is because, for too many times, parents have succeeded in replacing fulfilment with regret.
It is okay to guide a child in the way he/she should go, but it is wrong to choose a career for him/her. It should be discouraged by all means.
2. Students should be schooled to understand that success doesn't usually come as a result of studied courses and good grades. It should be taught from the onset that fulfilment lies in developing that which is inherent.
Career mistakes made by 3 popular figures.
Emily Browning who starred in films like ‘The Uninvited’, ‘Sucker Punch’ and Lemony Snicket’s a series of unfortunate events. In 2008, the young actress turned down the role of Bella in the film, ‘Twilight.’ Browning had just finished shooting ‘The Uninvited’ and decided she was too exhausted to take on another film and wanted to take a break. The role went to Kristen Stewart, who is now a household name and has had an extremely successful career thus far. Emily Browning has yet to achieve that same amount of success.
2. Jennifer Grey
Jennifer Grey who became an instant Hollywood star in 1987, when she played the role of Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman in the classic film, ‘Dirty Dancing.’ The film was a huge hit and was the first film to sell one million copies on video. Jennifer’s career ended as quickly as it started after she underwent two Rhinoplasty procedures in the early 90s. The change in appearance, which made the star unrecognizable, destroyed her career.
3. Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson who was once considered an A-lister and one of the biggest action stars in the world, but a 2006 drunk driving arrest in Malibu, California changed all of that. The tapes from the arrest which included a tirade of anti-Semitic remarks from the Hollywood actor hit the media shortly after the arrest. The harmful and vile words resulted in Hollywood quietly blacklisting the once A-list actor. In 2010, he returned to the big screen with a lead role in ‘Edge of Darkness,’ but the film bombed in comparison to Gibson’s previous films. It had a budget of $80 million and earned $81 million in the box office, barely recuperating its expenses.
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