The 2016 Scholarship Essay Competition

The 2016 Scholarship Essay Competition started in December, 2016. The winning entry will be announced here and on our Facebook page on January 31, 2017.

Contest Entries

Please note that not all essays have been published online - we are completing processing additional entries and will post them soon.

The Quest of Life
Kaveri Rocks - New Delhi, India

Mass Communications
Riveka Thevendran - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Uncle Adam
Jerrilyn King - Ohsweken, ON, Canada

Factors Considered
Serenah Wilson - Tempe, AZ, United States

Success vs. Education
BreAsia Austin - Dallas, TX, United States

Computers and Everything Technology
Steven Jewkes - Salem, OR, United States

Every Man Dreams
Aishwarya Bhoir - Mumbai, India

Hidden Passion
Kimberly Robles - Chesapeake, VA, United States

That Career is Right for Me
Sheza Patel - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Factors I Considered when Choosing my Career
Micaela Ball - Louis Tichardt, South Africa

My Purpose to Higher Education
Selina Street - Coeur d'Alene, ID, United States

Astronomy and Public Speaking
Hannah Johnson - Wiggins, CO, United States

The Following Factors
Eddah Mutai - Nairobi, Kenya

Sapphire Skies
Alan Platt - Athens, TX, United States

Passion vs. Need
Mugdha Kadam - Mumbai, India

Old Bones, Old Books, and Murder Mysteries
Lauren Carter - Abingdon, MD, United States

If You Love Your Job
Gerald Vandebruinhorst - Picture Butte, AB, Canada

Factors that Gave Me a Career Decision
Pamella Kembabazi - Kampala, Uganda

Don't Be A Robot
Karolline Paiva - Curitiba, Brazil

Factors I had Considered
Africa Masuku - Johannesburg, South Africa

The Email, the Yearbook, and the Google Search
Dini Hoffman - Brooklyn, NY, United States

Her Own Role Model
Hanan Abdi - Dallas, TX, United States

Interest and Aptitude
Alice Ayeni - Lagos, Nigeria

Family and Life Experiences
Cyrinus Ogbu - Cyberjaya, Malaysia

My Career Is My Lifestyle
Mariym Alawawda - Doha, Qatar

History 101: Western Civilization
Brian Allen - Cornekius, OR, United States

Cake and Pastry
Mun Yin Yee - Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

Choosing my Ideal Career
Kayla Fatal - Etobicoke, Canada

As Long As You Do Not Stop
Melysa Hierro - Bronx, NY, United States

The Choice is Yours
Samira Khattak - Whitby, Canada

My Powerful Weapon
Coralys Feliciano - Hatillo, Puerto Rico

Like a Diamond
Pamela Davis - Jacksonville, FL, United States

Motivations Behind my Major
Meagan Wiederman - Halifax, Canada

The Hospitality Sector
Mischa Josephs - Cape Town, South Africa

How and Why Did I Make this Decision
April Bradley - Fairbury, IL, United States

Neo Mulaudzi - Polokwane, South Africa

If I can dream it, then I can pursue it
Yennie Nguyen - Portland, OR, United States

Swarna Devi - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Killing Off Possibilities
Sophia Tao - Richmond Hill, Canada

I Am Who I Choose to Be
Meagan Launius - Hot Springs, AR, United States

Contest Rules

What Career is Right for Me presents a writing contest that offers a great cash prize. We know how important and difficult choosing a career can be. Our goal is to provide you with as much information as possible to point you in the right direction. You can help others by sharing your story with over 30,000 subscribers that have taken our career aptitude test. To win the contest, all you need to do is write up and submit an essay about how you made your career choice.

Essay Topic

This year's topic is: What factors did you consider when picking a career or major? How and why did you make that decision?

How to Enter

To enter the contest, entrants must submit an essay of at least 500 words, but no more than 1,000 words, on our website. Please review all the guidelines below, and submit your entry on this page, using the embedded form.

There's no cost at all for entry, and it's available to anyone in the world who wants to enter. Do you think you have what it takes? Then read on!

Winner Takes All Prize - $500

All payments will be made in US dollars.


All entries must be sent to us between December 1st 2016 and January 15th 2017. The winners will be announced on January 31st 2017. We are no longer accepting submissions for the January 2017 contest. Any submissions received after January 15, 2017 will be eligible for the next contest, scheduled for this summer.


Entry in the Contest is open to persons 18 years of age or older. Employees of Sponsor, their immediate family members, and persons living in the same household as employees or their immediate family members are not eligible. Limit one (1) Contest Entry per person.


By submitting your paper, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of the contest, and accept the judge's decision as final.

  • All entries must be your own original work. All entries will be checked scrupulously for plagiarism. If we determine any of your work to be plagiarized, your entry will be instantly disqualified.
  • All entries should be between 500-1,000 words.
  • All entries must be written in English only.
  • Entries can be submitted in the following file formats: .doc, .pdf, and .docx. Images can be used in your essay if you feel that they are necessary to your work. Please ensure you have the proper rights to any images included.
  • You are 18 years or older.
  • You are providing permission for us to publish your essay on our website and share through social media channels.
  • You are limited to a single entry. Please edit and proofread before submitting as we will only consider your first entry valid.
  • Submit your entry using the form on this page.


The staff at What Career is Right for Me will read all entries and make a final decision on the best essay. Make sure you submit your best work in order to get their attention!

Why you should enter

You have a chance to win $500 and your work will be published on our website for all your friends and family to see.

Make sure you read the guidelines closely before you begin, and good luck!

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