THIS is apropos of Fatima Zahra Bukhari’s letter ‘Deciding a career’ (March 2) in which she has contented that counselling by professionals is required in Pakistan for choosing a career. But I do not agree with the point.
It is a tradition in our society and a negative approach to select the field whatever others tell us. We never try to utilise our talent and explore options and then study. It is not necessary what we are advised by our parents or professional advisers is best for us. This is the reason that we are obsessed with the concept of becoming doctors, engineers and MBAs, irrespective of the fact that our natural talents and interests may lie somewhere else.
Natural talent is like a natural resource which is not easy to find. To explore and get natural resources, we have to dig deep.
Similarly, one has to create circumstances to realise one’s natural talent. I believe our education system is one of the factors that dislocate us from our natural talents. From Class I, we are put under pressure with dozens of examinations, we are, therefore, not able to find out our interests or natural talent.
We are judged by examinations which are not the logical way to judge one’s capabilities. All we care about in academic careers are good grades. After several examinations, we reach college where we face a dilemma of choosing a field of study; what we want to become in the future. Before reaching college, no one ever asks us what do we want to study — science, literature, sports or arts? But we are asked like a robot to bring good grades in examinations and in every subject, no matter we like it or not.
Human mind is very diverse. Neither parents nor an adviser can predict what is in a human mind. Parents will advise what they listen from their friends, and a professional adviser will tell us from where and how we can earn more.
But they never guarantee that we would enjoy doing what they tell. Parents should give time, help and freedom to their children to realise where their interest and natural talent lie rather than make them believe that they want to become engineers or doctors.