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“My mother is my inspiration to succeed in life”

Teenage girls share how their mothers have been a positive influence in their education and career journey

What is career?
By definition career refers to a progression of one’s working life.

  • Snigdha came from a well-do-to middle class family. Her mother insisted that she move out of her comfort zone and explore a new city to study. While she was excited, she had also heard stories of cruelty against women. Whenever these fears surfaced her mother consoled her and asked her to focus on academics. Upon reaching the big city, Snigdha faced culture shock. She could not fit in to the crowd and wanted to come back, but her mother became her pillar of strength. She asked her to focus on academics. She insisted that a good education will lead to better career prospects. “My mother believes that every girl should have an education that will lead to a stable job.” As per research conducted by Jagpreet Kaur, Assistant Professor at Punjabi University, Patiala and Pawandeep Kaur, MPhil student at Punjabi University, Patiala, the mother-daughter relationship was found to be directly influencing career aspiration and career orientation. They also mentioned that parents’ favourable attitude helped in motivating young girls to be career-driven.

  • Neeta came from a lower middle class family. She had two elder brothers, both were pursuing engineering. Though Nita’s mother had only studied till class 10, she wanted her daughter to get a bachelor’s degree. Neeta constantly faced pressure from her father and to an extent, her brothers, to drop academics and learn house-related skills instead. But she was persistent, and she could only be persistent because of the support of her mother. There were numerous times when heated arguments and hurtful insults were hurled at Neeta by her immediate family members. This further strengthened her will to finish the degree and take up a job in a reputed bank. “Women prefer a high level of education for their daughters than that achieved by them,” according to the same research mentioned above.
  • Priya wanted to become a fashion designer. Her mother was working as an accountant in one of the leading firms of the country. She always saw her mother multi-tasking, managing the house, the job and her kids; Priya and her younger brother. The focus and determination to create an identity and have a purpose in life was injected by her mother. Since the outside world is highly competitive, there was a time in Priya’s life when she faced rejection on numerous occasions. It was then that her mother stepped in to infuse confidence. “My mother is my inspiration to succeed in life”, says Priya proudly. As per the same research that is mentioned above, it was deduced that female university students with working mothers were significantly more career-oriented than their counterparts with non-working mothers.

Hence, career orientation of female college students was positively correlated with mothers’ educational level and employment.

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What is the connection between career choices and your personality?

Your personality type can be an important factor when it comes to choosing your career. Find out how...
Nishtha JunejaTeentalkindia Content Writer

While it is obviously, extremely important to focus on those upcoming exams, score marks and search for ideal career options, here is another way to zero down on your ideal career/profession.

Locating your personality type can help you choose a career for yourself. Confused? Here is how...

Let’s start with what, Psychologist Carl Jung had to say about personality types – “There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. Such a person would be in the lunatic asylum” he said. This states the fact that we can’t just categorise our personalities into Introverts and Extraverts. There is more to what determines our personality type.  

Let’s look at Jung's theory of psychological types and find out what career might be apt for you...

Jung’s original typology is built on two personality attitudes: Extroversion and Introversion.

Four functions (or modes of orientation): thinking, sensation, intuition, and feeling.


If you are an introvert your dominant function is to process inwards. You are less driven by the outer world and more engaged by your inner thoughts, ideas and reflections.

If your inner world is where you go naturally to reflect or think, If you withdraw and separate yourself from the outer world and that is your preferred place to be then you are an introvert.


If you are an extrovert your dominant function is to process outwards. If you first look outside at the objectives, people, environment, and the external world is what drives your ideas and engagements then you are an extrovert.

Everyone’s a little bit of an Ambivert

We all have moments when we are energised by people/friends. We all also have moments when we draw energy from solitude. We all also have certain things that we like to process internally and have things that we share externally.   

So what personality are you?

 There isn’t one type of an introvert and there isn’t one type of an extrovert either. It all comes down to which mode makes you feel like you are truly in your element. Which of these is your default process? Which zone makes you feel more energetic and keeps you motivated?

According to our in-house Counsellor, Kshitija Sawant, “An individual’s predominant introvert, extrovert or ambivert personalities remain more or less stable over time. They are likely to change drastically; if there have been some major life changes in an individual’s life, which is usually quite rare.”

Career Options for your personality type:

Extroverts can possibility do well in the following industries depending on what traits are dominant in their personality.

  • Sales
  • Financial Advisor / Stock Broker
  • Human Resource
  • Public Relations
  • Teachers 

Introverts can do well in the following industries depending on what traits are dominant in their personality.

  • Social Media Managers
  • Writers
  • Designers
  • Web/ Software Developers
  • Librarian / Accountants

P.S: Apart from your personality type, you obviously should also look at your value system, interests and aptitudes (all of which are also a part of your personality).  


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