We strive to make a progressive world today, where technologies are booming there are lots of opportunities with various fields where one can make a better career so career counselling provides guidance to a person to have a clear glimpse on what to pursue and how much duration it takes to complete the course and fees.
In today’s world there are also multiple career choices ranging from medicine to mass communications, engineering to event management, marine biology to information technology, culinary arts to music.
Choosing a field of study that is not really suited to your interests or skills could prove disastrous. And that’s where career counselling comes in.
What does career counselling offer?
Choosing Right Career
Career counselling helps students discover their true potential and interest in various subjects in order to help them choose the right career. Several institutes, including schools and colleges, today offer career counselling through a series of aptitude and IQ tests. The tests usually have multiple-choice questions, which don’t need to be prepared for in any way.
Guidance to students
Career counselling is the guidance given to a student on the road he/she should take to achieve his/her goals. The advice and counselling provided is based on three deciding factors — personality, aptitude and interest.
Friends and family can very often provide incorrect guidance because their parameters of judging a career choice might differ. A counsellor is objective while giving guidance, with no considerations other than aptitude and interest.
Challenges Associated with Career Counselling
Encouraging Parents and students to take part in counselling is very difficult as people still have a perception that it is time-consuming.
For example in India, there are still 60% of people who don’t take career advice 70% of people under 14 say they have had no careers advice while 45% of people over 14 have had no or very poor/limited advice.
Over the last few years, there has been an increase in the number of students opting for courses other than engineering. While this is a positive sign, there is no doubting the fact that engineering still remains a dominant choice of students pursuing higher studies.
People in India still have a perception that Government service is a secure career so they hesitate to take part in counselling sessions.
Financial problems often provide a drawback in students career even if he/she is good in studies students they visit the career fairs but fails for admissions due to lack of money.
Overcoming students unclear educational goals, academic stress, lack of self-efficiency are some of the major challenges faced in the process of a career counselling.
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