Zeeshan is a brilliant student. He has completed his college in Pre-engineering with an ‘A’ grade. Now, he had to make a big decision, the decision of his career path. But, like most of students in Pakistan on his level, he was as lost as lost as he could ever be. He didn’t have the slightest idea about his career options even which career he could choose for himself. Sometimes, he thought about studying what his friends consider studying and sometimes he thought about choosing his parents’ version of his career.
Zeeshan isn’t alone in this country, there are hundreds of thousands of students who pass out from college each year and tens of thousands of them get admission in universities. A very high percentage of those students make decision based on these factors: (a) current market trend of that career, (b) financial incentives that career has to offer, (c) parental pressure, and (d) current job vacancies in that career. However, what students mostly give any thought to, is the future worth of a career, its future exposure, and its impact on typical careers.
Zeeshan heard about these typical career counseling firms in his city. But, there’s no way he could go to those expensive firms as he belonged to a middle class family. But deep down, what Zeeshan really wanted is someone to guide him, tell him the pros and cons of particular career, tell him what opportunities are out there, and how to take advantage of those opportunities. Zeeshan couldn’t find any such platform in Pakistan and now he’s studying in B.Com so he could complete his studies in a few years and then start working.
Is Zeeshan alone in this country, I ask you? Doesn’t Pakistan need institutions or platforms that could guide students like Zeeshan? What do you think about it?
Posted by Basit Saeed on December 31, 2011
It was the last day of my final semester exam. Like always, I started studying late at night, but I couldn’t focus on the subject. Instead, I was thinking about my future, thinking what life would look like from now on, without university, buddies, bunking classes to celebrate friends birthdays, and combined study seasons.
They say good and enjoyable moments pass early. I guess they are right. It seems like yesterday when I was holding my acceptance letter in amazement thinking how did I make it in this top-level university? It feels like yesterday when were ragged by seniors, when we used to be called ‘freshy’ for a whole semester. It feels like yesterday. All those years went by and here I am!
University life was one of the best periods in my life. I had a lot of friends, my teachers used to love me, and our gang was the most famous one in our university. We used to organize workshops, parties, concerts etc. All of that is over now.
I couldn’t continue studying now. So, I closed my eyes and started thinking about my future. I had been living with the support of my father. He used to pay my fee, gave me enough pocket money to do shopping, hangout, and stuff. But now, I’m supposed to earn by myself. Sure I used to do some work for extra money, but the idea of stepping out of my comfort zone and step into a wild, uncaring, and selfish world started to freak me out. Questions like, “is it normal?”, “is it normal to feel this way?”, “does everyone feel the same at the time of their graduation?” are some of the many unanswered questions roaming inside my mind.
Did it happen to you too?
A typical to-be-graduated-student!
Posted by Basit Saeed on December 25, 2011