Picking a Career because of its Title
Alright, we get it, you spent years toiling for your degree and now you finally have the title of “Dr.” or “Engr.” before your name. Sure, it also looks fancy on your CV and your nametag.
After all, these industries are so tightly regulated in most countries that you would need to insert these titles before your name to make your clients confident that you have the necessary licenses to be providing them the service they require.
However what is not okay is if these titles were the most significant motivation in your decision to pay millions for your degree, tolerate years of reckless grinding and to spend even more time to study for the latest exams in your field to gain the next big certification. In other words, it is heavily advised against for you to have pursued the career only for societal conformity, or only because it is the “respectable” thing to do. Although, it is great if you actually became a doctor because you had an inclination towards social welfare and service.
But we want you to be certain from day one that your motivations behind pursuing the career are crystal clear because you are giving up way too much for them to be not so clear.
Degree programs in the fields that infer such titles to their graduates are usually some of the most competitive programs, both in Pakistan and in the rest of the world. Not surprisingly then, they also have the toughest admission criteria and the lowest acceptance rates. It follows then that your journey begins by working immensely hard to ace the entrance exams, where applicants are accepted only on the slightest percentage differences. It is also a well-known fact that engineering and medical degrees generally have the toughest workloads, which means that students have to sacrifice way more in terms of alternative activities, than a commerce student, for example, would have to. After graduation, the market is characterized by a huge supply of professionals in these fields, so pay is likely to be depressed.
Even for pay rises to occur, you would ideally have to give more professional exams to be considered more qualified, like MRCOG or MRCP for doctors.
What to do instead
It’s great if you want to become a doctor or engineer. But we advise you to do it because you have a deep-rooted passion for helping the poor live healthy lives, or a fine appreciation of how smart engineering solutions can change the lives of the masses, rather than because your family has taught you from day one that having a “Dr.” attached to your name is a matter of pride. We want you to explore your strengths and weaknesses through various means like internships or social work to find out what you are made for. And then you can fly like a bird by specializing further in that field. Best case scenario, you earn a lot of money because you are good at what you do. Worst case scenario, you are still doing what you love!
The playing field belongs to those who think long term. Having a title attached to your name won’t feel so good when you are stuck doing something you despise for 40 years of your life!