Raise your hands if you wanted to become a doctor after watching the hit TV series “Grey’s Anatomy” or “House”. While the actual medical profession is nowhere near as glamorous or entertaining as the TV show, people think that being a doctor is all about that white coat, intriguing cases and on-call duties with live action.
What they don’t know is the amount of studying, examinations, grueling work and insomniac years of residency that is behind the signature white coat and the stethoscope. And for what it’s worth, life as a physician is not as rewarding either. Unfortunately, being a doctor is one of the many careers that you will label “overrated” once you know the details.
Here are a few career paths that are hugely overhyped, and unless you really connect with them on an intimate level, you’d be wise to drop the idea of pursuing them.
Median Annual Salary: $53,390
The Fantasy: Summer vacations, weekends, public holidays and oh, short timings till 3 PM, are the alluring perks of the profession. And then there is this fantasy of molding young minds and raising a noble generation of students.
The Reality: The short working days translate into long nights of grading papers, plus you have to deal with the stress of course planning. Moreover, you end up defusing violent fight cases and handling parents’ complaints at the end of the day.
Median Annual Salary: $187,199
The Fantasy: You are the know-it-all doctor who saves lives topped up with all the fancy imagery that TV shows have been feeding you all your life.
The Reality: Physicians have to work overnight and on long shifts. They have to be on-call 24/7 and have to respond to emergencies wherever they may be. Sure, they earn a lot. But when do they get the time to spend and enjoy their earnings? No!
Median Annual Salary: $171,610
The Reality: The position is very stressful, requires long working hours and frequent travel.
Median Annual Salary: $61,370
The Fantasy: You love making cartoons and this sounds like a creative job that you will enjoy.
The Reality: Working in the industry is not all fun. Besides, becoming the next Walt Disney is not an easy target, and the pay is not worth it either.
Median Annual Salary: $114,300
The Fantasy: Another profession with an interest fuelled by TV series. You picture lawyers to be witty and powerful, fighting trials with an interesting twist.
The Reality: The major part of being a lawyer involves writing tedious documents, meeting deadlines and dealing with consequences for making a mistake.
Whatever your dream career may be, conduct a thorough research before treading the path.
A Selection of Overrated Quotes
“Common is overrated.” ~ Ally Carter, Only the Good Spy Young
“Imperfection is underrated. Perfection is overrated.” ~ Helena Bonham Carter
“Happiness is good, but well-overrated: what we hate most are the very motivators that put us in gear. A man drifts along with little to contribute until something agitates him enough to make a difference, whether for himself or for his communities.” ~ Criss Jami, Killosophy
“Love, it’s overrated in my book. Really, in my book I gave it 11 out of 10 stars. But stars are like political votes. Who’s really counting?” ~ Jarod Kintz, Xazaqazax
“Yes I am weird, weird is good. Normal is overrated.” ~ Deejay Mad-D
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