Graduate careers - Occupations

If you want to excel at anything you may have to devote yourself to it from a very young age. Is this something which should apply to graduate careers?

After the recent Olympics, it's pretty topical to consider how young you need to be to commit to a discipline in order be good at it. We hear of 10 year olds in the UK swimming for 4 hours a day in a pool every day. In a recent news item, a Chinese man cycled alongside his 6 year old daughter while she ran a marathon everyday! Perhaps it is likely that this young lady achieves Olympic glory if her little body holds out for long enough. I would suggest it's equally likely she will not enjoy her journey along the way.

Careful career choices

New research by Kelly recruitment services has shown that one in five graduates feel they have ended up in completely the wrong graduate careers, with nearly half feeling they wished they'd studied more before making the leap. It's perhaps not on the same scale as above but it’s nonetheless the same principle at work. A medical student is committing to a career as a Doctor from the age of 18, after which, in most cases there is no turning back. Perhaps they might like to have chosen something in the arts arena such as becoming a photographer, a writer or work in marketing.

It's a difficult issue; it may be that more gap years giving students experience of working life will ensure the graduate careers they are considering ar the right ones. This said, a recent YouGov poll should that one in four British workers are unhappy at work anyway, so perhaps this is just how it is.