Off the Trail: Possible Signs That You’re Taking the Wrong Course


Education is an important part of many people’s lives in this day and age. It provides them with opportunities for self-improvement and helps them give back to society. You might be one of those who are currently taking a course to prepare them for future careers, but you might be having your doubts. Here are signs that what you’re taking might not be for you.

You Can’t Get Into It

No matter what kind of course you take, there’s a certain degree of difficulty that you’ll encounter at first. However, what usually happens after is that you get used to it and are challenged by it instead of being overwhelmed.

But, if you’re still in the stage that you’re still struggling to maintain what little interest you have as well as get the lessons into your head, then you might want to choose another path. For example, if you’re actually into analyzing traces that people make in their day-to-day rather than working with, say, numbers, then you might want to take a look at criminal investigation degrees or courses online.

Someone Else Picked It for You

You’re the one who’s studying, but you might be in a situation where someone else chose your course for you. It might be because of the money, or you’re going to inherit a business. Whatever the reason, it’s likely that it’s not in your field of interest unless the person knows you absolutely well and respects your wishes.

Sure, you might be studying to help your family in the future, but you might not even last that long, either running out of willpower or succumbing to burnout.

You Chose It for Ease

Some people choose their course because they think it would be easy, and they can transition smoothly into getting a job. For some people, it ends up being actually unchallenging, but at the same time, unfulfilling. Some individuals find that the course is harder than it looks from an outsider’s point of view.

If you’re in this situation, then you might want to reconsider your subject choice.

You Chose It for the Money

You might have thought that since you’re going to look for a job right after you finish your education, you might as well go with what’s lucrative now. But unless it’s a field that you’re passionate about, you’re at risk of regretting it in the end.

If you’re studying in a course because of a sudden boom in current demand, by the time you finish, you might find that there are too many of you around. Either that or you might just simply lose interest because it’s not your forte.

You’re Interested in Something Else

Some people choose a course because they thought they were actually interested in the subject, and then they find out that their true calling lies in another. That’s alright. It happens to other students just like you. You might be thinking that you would waste your money, time and effort if you suddenly shifted in the middle of it all.

But if you stay, the real waste might be of your potential.

If you find that you’re lost even though you have your path set for you, then you might actually be on the wrong one. Part of college life is finding out what you’re about and what you can do in the world, so don’t be afraid to explore a bit. If you do, you’ll save yourself from regretting your choice later.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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