Career Guidance- Need of the hour
Career guidance assists individuals to achieve their identified career options and professional goals. It acts as a guide to lead and direct course of action.
For example, if a student has decided to become an Interior designer, career guidance will help him/her to select the appropriate subjects, prepare for relevant examinations, identify colleges with better options, based on financial condition. Career guidance will show them the path of their career.
The need of career guidance is immense in the recent times. Every academic establishment should aim for overall development of the students by allowing them to achieve and perform to the best of their capacity.
It is extremely crucial to broaden the horizon and exposing the young minds to not only the plethora of career options available in today’s time but also in the times to come. They must understand their own innate capabilities so that they can choose the right career path and not end up being dissatisfied what they do for living by following the rat race. With career counselling, students would be able to fully realize their aptitude and interests, strengths and weaknesses, enabling them to make informed decision regarding the choice of stream for education after grade X and XII. They become aware of the career options available in market as per their academic choice and their interests as well as alternate career options if they decide to change their streams in future. There are many career counselling and career guidance institutes like mindler.com, idreamcareer.com, oecd.org to name a few. Asthe world of work is rapidly changing especially so with the advent of COVID-19, so it is crucial that the students not only keep pace with the evolving job and work opportunities but also be prepared to quickly adapt to changes which are expected but at the same time unpredictable. Many different kinds of jobs have emerged that didn’t exist five or ten years ago.
All should take the responsibility of guiding the students starting from the government to other stakeholders like education and labour departments, primary, secondary and tertiary training institutions, professional bodies, qualifications authorities, youth development agencies, private practitioners and non-profit organisations. The role of parents, teachers, role models and peer group should not be underestimated. Society has a collective responsibility to ensure that every person be granted access to career counselling and guidance.
Ms. Moumita Banerjee