416 Words Short Essay for students on Choosing a Career

Now the choice of a career is limited by various consider­ations : for example, the income of the father, the future pros­pects of the various possible professions, and the mental ability and the inclination of the youth.

A rich man can afford to pay the expenses of training his son for any profession for which the young man seems to be adapted; but a poor man, and even a man of moderate means, has not enough money to have his son trained as a doctor, a lawyer, an engineer, or an officer in the army, unless the boy is clever enough to win good scholarships. He has to be content to select humbler vocations for his sons.

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Even when money is no object to the father, he has to consider the future prospects of the various professions open to his sons. Some professions provide opportunities to a clever and diligent youth to rise, not only in wealth, but in social status and political influence; while others, while quite good and respectable in themselves, lead to nothing.

A father, or the young man him­self, will naturally, other things being equal, choose a profession that will lead to advancement.

Lastly, the inclination and ability of the young man must be considered. It is no use trying to put a square peg into a round hole.

It is absurd to try to force an active, restless lad, who is keen on a life of adventure, to sit at a lawyer’s desk all his life; or to try to make a business man out of a thoughtful and dreamy youth, who has the artistic gift of authorship or painting.

The youth’s character and bent, and natural abilities in certain lines, must be studied; and that profession chosen for him in which he is most likely to succeed.

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