Importance Of Career Counseling

Importance Of Career Counseling

We constantly seek advice from the world around us – what to wear, what to eat, which show should I watch, what are the current trends etc. Why then do we refrain from seeking support and guidance for one of the most important decisions of our lives – our career?

Can you think of a time you had to learn a new task? With constant practice and dedication, we can eventually master so many skills, but wouldn’t a mentor/ someone to guide or help us make the task a lot simpler and the process less tedious?

According to the statistics in India, even though Gen Z understands the importance of career counseling, only 1 out of 10 students receive the required career guidance. Most students are aware of the few basic options in the fields of Science, Commerce, and Humanities and end up sticking to the herd. Most schools focus on imparting a lot of knowledge but lack information about various career options that would help the students bridge the gaps in career knowledge.

Over 8.40 lakh students give 10th board exams every year. Post that there are multiple subject choices that students have to select from post selecting the stream for themselves. The choice is not easy as the number of career options are numerous. Parents, friends, relatives, etc. may recommend Science/ Commerce or Arts based on academic records post 10th but that can’t be the only sole deciding factor to choose an option.

Over 1.2 million students appeared for class 12 boards while over 1.8 million appeared for class 10 board examinations conducted by the CBSE in 2020. And this is just one of the boards in the country. Amongst these a lot of the students appear for entrance exams to get through medical, engineering, CA courses, etc. but most find it difficult to clear these and get into the top desired institutes.

Some of them would not get admission in their desired courses and do not have a further plan of action. This is where the process of career counseling can help a lot of students make decisions based on information involving various parameters and make a plan for themselves. Right guidance during these stressful times can help the student immensely and save time that would get wasted in something they probably won’t enjoy in the long run.

The process of career counseling is intensive and detailed. It does not only focus on understanding the aptitude of the students (their inherent abilities) but also focuses on understanding their areas of interest, their personality, what motivates them, and several other factors. Usually, the perfect time for students to seek out career counseling is between the age of 13-17 years.

Students from International boards and ICSE boards have to select subjects post their 8th grade and most end up selecting Science without thinking it through. It is important to select subjects that genuinely interest you and that you have the skills for. On average, an Indian employee

works for 8 hours per day for 6 days of the week. Imagine doing something you don’t love every day and experiencing Monday blues every day. The career counseling process focuses on having an initial inquiry with the student to understand their profile and their basic academic information. This is then followed by a standardized psychometric assessment which then culminates with meeting with a qualified career counselor and understanding of strengths, areas of improvement, and the top career recommendations.

The pandemic led to severely disrupting the education sector which has led to students being disengaged and confused. Not only are the students confused about what options to pursue, the plethora of ever growing career options and courses with lack of clarity about the future has made the process of making a career decision even more difficult for students. In addition to this, all the suggestions given by every other person confuses them even further and well, may not always serve to be helpful.

Career counseling with an expert counselor will help students understand the right courses to pick post the understanding of their interests, personality and aptitude. But it’s not just that. It also helps them understand their strengths and areas of improvement, helps them understand effective strategies to use to perform academically, the eligibility criteria for the course they want to pursue so that they don’t miss out on the course just because of not picking the right subjects, the different entrance exams that they can, the different courses they can pursue, and so much more!!!

There’s a misconception amongst a lot of students and parents that career counseling is only for students who wish to go abroad and to understand the admission process. But career counseling is actually for every student passing out from school and entering college who needs support and guidance to make better informed decisions about their future. There are over 12,000 careers in the world. It is impossible for anyone to be aware of all the options and the requirements for each career. The career counseling expert’s purpose is to help you with that and make the process less tedious for you.

Career Counseling is something that every student in every school across various boards needs. We all want to live a life with purpose, we want to be driven and we thrive when we do what we love and have the skills for.

Every student is unique and comes with a set of unique abilities and strengths. It is important to identify what they’re good at and encourage them to pursue what they love rather than force them to do something that will deteriorate their mental well being and future. I would like to conclude with a quote by Micheal Gerber: “The difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next.”

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