Career counselling has become extremely relevant these days. But, the unfortunate part is that it is not given as much importance as it should.
Up until 10th or 12th standard, a student has lived in a closed shell. After that, the whole world opens up for him and he is free to choose whatever field he wants. With numerous fields, industries, courses, degrees and diplomas at one’s disposal, it can often be difficult what to choose.
It is but natural that students find themselves in a state of total confusion, unsure of what to do next. External influences including the internet, television, looking at what peers are doing can make this whole choice of ‘career’ even tougher.
Thus, a helping hand from an expert can go a long way in helping out students choose the right direction for them.
What exactly is career guidance?
Career guidance or counselling is the need of the hour. Career guides or counsellors are basically people who are experts in the field.
One or a few tests including the aptitude test is conducted. Depending upon this test, the career mentor guides the student on which career paths are best for him. The career counselling session also takes into consideration the student’s interests, skills, strengths and weaknesses.
So, career counselling or guidance is basically personalized for each and every student to determine what is the best for him.
Why is career guidance important?
Choosing a career is a huge life decision. We always tend to take advice from our friends/ family or close ones before we make any decisions in life.
Think of your career the same way. While making this important decision, more often than not, students find them in a dilemma. To drive this dilemma away and to help you make a more informed decision, career guidance is extremely important.
This is what career counselling will help you with:
- Knowing where your aptitude and interests lie.
- Your strengths and weaknesses.
- Choosing a stream after 10th std and which one will work best for you.
- Knowing the many career options that are available.
- Which career options will work best for you.
- Choosing a career path depending upon your strengths, weaknesses and interests.
- Some alternate career options for you.
- Will also help you with overall development and allow you to achieve your best.
As you can see from the points above, career guidance can help you with a lot. It will help you to better assess yourself and get a much better idea of what works best for you. Career guidance will help you save from dilemma and give you clarity, career wise.
It will also open you up to a number of career options that you probably didn’t even know existed.
When should career guidance be taken?
Ideally, high school time (9th to 10th std.) is the best time to seek career guidance. You can also go for career guidance after you have appeared your 10th exams.
If you are already done with your 12th but still unsure what to do, you can still opt for career guidance.