Don't enroll in a course because your friend is doing it
I met a friend of mine who was enquiring what I am up to these days. I told her I am into freelance content writing and I have set up my own business wherein I write content for other websites. She probed further about my profession and asked me which courses I did. I said I completed my graduation and post-graduation in business management and then I did a diploma in creative writing because I felt writing is my true calling.
Our conversations related to my career ended there and we then moved on to talking about what people are doing in their lives. It was after a week time I got a call from my friend who is currently unemployed that she has enrolled in a creative writing course at a top university and has already paid the lumpsum fees for the same. When I asked her further, she said that she wanted to have a flexible profession like me and that made her decide to opt for the course.
I felt really sad because I know her interest is in tourism and she changed her mind from travel to writing because of my example. I then later convinced her to withdraw her writing course application and then she moved on to a career counseling session at a good institute. She discovered her interests were traveling, exploring places, and taking photographs. She got the fees refunded and used the same fees to get into a photography program from a top university.
I was glad because I helped my friend to follow her passion and get in the right direction. I understood that career interest shouldn't be based on what others are doing, which people nowadays are falling into traps like no other time. Like, in olden days, there was no career explosion, which means not many options were available to people to follow their interests.
People used to take up jobs not because of interest but because they had to earn a living and feed their family's needs. However, with the advancement of technology and the requirement for different types of professionals in varied domains, we find many careers coming up in the industry. We are nowhere related to the olden times where only one professional existed in one company but the amount of work has been increased and divided into small portions of work to be done by many employees or staff members.
Thus, I seriously feel that when you plan to take up a career at any point of time in your life, you should not see what the package the other person in your family or neighborhood or relations are earning. But you should see what you are capable of and how earning whatever amount you get will help you to make a decent living and sleep well at night. Passion and profession cannot be related in every case so if your passion is different than your profession, don't lose hope but find out time to follow the same.