Do you think you know everything about choosing a career? Many people think they know the right way to go about picking an occupation, but they often wind up choosing a career that is unsatisfying. Here are ten myths of choosing a career along with resources that can help you make an informed decision.

1.Choosing a career is simple
传言1. 择业很简单。

Actually, choosing a career is an involved process and you should give it the time it deserves.

Career planning is a multi-step process that involves learning enough about yourself and the occupations which you are considering in order to make an informed decision.

2. A career counselor can tell me what occupation to pick
传言2. 职业咨询师可以告诉我选什么工作。

A career counselor, or any other career development professional, can't tell you what career is best for you. He or she can provide you with guidance in choosing a career and can help facilitate your decision.

3. I can't make a living from my hobby
传言3. 我的兴趣不足以让我养家糊口。

Says who? When choosing a career, it makes perfect sense to choose one that is related to what you enjoy doing in your spare time, if you so desire. In addition people tend to become very skilled in their hobbies, even though most of the skill is gained informally.

4. I should choose a career from a "Best Careers" list
传言4. 我应该从“最热门的职业”中选择自己的职业

Every year, especially during milestone years, for example the beginning of a new decade, there are numerous articles and books that list what "the experts" predict will be "hot jobs." It can't hurt to look at those lists to see if any of the careers on it appeal to you, but you shouldn't use the list to dictate your choice.

While the predictions are often based on valid data, sometimes things change. Way too often what is hot this year won't be hot a few years from now. In addition, you need to take into account your interests, values, and skills when choosing a career. Just because the outlook for an occupation is good, it doesn't mean that occupation is right for you.

5.Making a lot of money will make me happy
传言5. 赚钱越多越快乐。

While salary is important, it isn't the only factor you should look at when choosing a career. Countless surveys have shown that money doesn't necessarily lead to job satisfaction. For many people enjoying what they do at work is much more important. However, you should consider earnings, among other things, when evaluating an occupation.

6. Once I choose a career I'll be stuck in it forever
传言6. 我的职业就是我的终身事业。

Not true. If you are unsatisfied in your career for any reason, you can always change it. You'll be in good company. Many people change careers several times over the course of their lifetimes.

7.If I change careers my skills will go to waste
传言7. 如果改变职业了,技能就无用武之地了。

Your skills are yours to keep. You can take them from one job to another. You may not use them in the exact same way, but they won't go to waste.

8. If my best friend (or sister, uncle, or neighbor) is happy in a particular field, I will be too
传言8. 如果我的好朋友(或家人,邻居)对某一个职业领域混得很好,我也会的。

Everyone is different and what works for one person won't necessarily work for another, even if that other person is someone with whom you have a lot in common. If someone you know has a career that interests you, look into it, but be aware of the fact that it may not necessarily be a good fit for you.

9 All I have to do is pick an occupation... Things will fall into place after that
9. 我该做的就是择业,然后事情就能水到渠成了。

Choosing an career is a great start, but there's a lot more to do after that. A Career Action Plan is a road map that takes you from choosing a career to becoming employed in that occupation to reaching your long-term career goals.

10 There's very little I can do to learn about an occupation without actually working in it
10. 不在岗位上,我实在不知道如何去了解这份工作。

While first hand experience is great, there are other ways to explore an occupation. You can read about it either in print resources or online. You can also interview those working in that field.