Why Career Counselling is important to school going students?
Career counselors were initially catering to professionals who wanted to change their career paths. After a long time people recognized that change in career is a result of decisions which has gone wrong. Such problems can be stopped if we realize that the stem of it starts from school. Career counselling begins from school and the choice made in school can change the course of your life.
One of the most common problems seen is students making career choices based on the most popular stream among their peers and when they realize they are a misfit it becomes late. Picking a career usually, comes after picking a course. If a student doesn’t pick the right course, it would inadvertently affect their career choice. A recent study showed that 1 in 3 students are unhappy with the course that they picked. That is nearly half a million dissatisfied university students! Such figures only point to one clear truth - The importance of career guidance in schools.
Career counselling is a process which helps one understand what they are best at and which work domains they can excel in, this helps the student to take a well informed decision about career and education. Career counselling’s can improve a student over all skill set ranging from poor time management to low concentration levels.
The process of career counselling starts from the counsellor himself his experience in the field of counselling and his right genuine guidance is an important element in the entire process. Career Counsellors are experts in psychology, which means that they should hold at least a post-graduate degree in Psychology/Applied Psychology, and/or a diploma in Counselling Psychology. Career Counsellors who give guidance for a particular field, such as engineering, management, hospitality, etc., must be experts in the concerned domain.
Providing students with a safe environment is a first step to build their confidence in you when they know that all information’s which are shared by them are in confidentiality their trust will be gained. Such step helps them to take a decision without any pressure and they open up about what they like and not.
Today boards like CBSE has made it mandatory to have counselors in every school’s premises but this is not enough as one has to identify what kind of counselor is actually required. Many of the counselors already present are life skill counselors and although life skills are important, the number of college advisors (counselors) are low. Ultimately, college advisors are what students need most to be successful. To highlight, the urgent requirement for career counselor’s recent stats show a whopping 92% of students who don’t get any career-related guidance from their schools.
Decisions made in high school can be a deciding factor of a student’s future can make him successful or lead him to his failure. Hence such crucial decisions should be taken under the right guidance. Making a student understand his potentials is keen and important step of a counsellor.
- Helps Pick The Right Career
- Helps Provide Expert Resources
- Helps Gain Confidence And Insight
- Helps Change Unwanted Behavior Patterns
- Helps Remove Career-Related Frustration
- Provides A Role-Model
- Helps Bring Stability In Thought