importance of career counselling

How Career Counselling is one of the Most Essential Components of Today’s Education

One in every three university students is unhappy about the course choices that they have picked. That’s like almost half a million unhappy University students! That’s an alarming statistic especially when placed with the increasing uncertainty of jobs and diversifying career choices

 

Career Counseling

Career Counselling: A Mainstay in Education

Career Counselling is the art of guiding students to their best-fit careers and colleges while keeping in mind their aptitude, interest and caliber. This statement sounds extremely simple but trusts us, the process is a bit more complicated.

Career Counselling is the need of the hour and should be provided on a periodic basis for students from Grade 8 onwards.

 

 

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Let us understand the journey of a real-life student from Grade 8 to Grade 12 to understand the role that career counselling played in her life.

Punya, a student from a leading school In North India was having doubts about which career to pursue from as early as Grade 8. She was a consistent performer in academics and had scored a CGPA of 10 in her Grade 10 Board exams.

Let us understand her journey from Grade 8 onwards and identify the challenges she faced and how she was guided by a responsible career counsellor, Ms. Manmeet Kaur in the right direction.

 

 

Grade 8:

Question: Which activities should I be involved in?

Punya was a budding quizzer and dancer but was confused if her extracurricular and co-curricular choices would help in making her profile stand out.

Her career counsellor, Ms Manmeet guided her to a range of activities which she could take, some of which were:

  • Academic Honors: National Talent Search Examination, Rotary Youth Exchange
  • Co-Curricular activities: The Youth Leader Competition, The Life Skills and Leadership Program
  • Extracurricular activities: The Green Olympiad, State level Dance Championships


So with effective intervention, Punya was guided towards making a more diverse profile which highlighted her interests outside of academics.

 

Grade 9:

Question: What is the best career option for me?

Punya was a merit student but the puzzling question that was on her mind was which career option would be the best fit for her.

  • Despite the efforts from her family to analyze various career options, the process didn’t bear fruit.
  • Expert guidance: They understood they need an expert who can guide Punya at her career crossroads.

 

Ms. Manmeet conducted monthly counselling sessions with Punya to know:

  • Which subjects she was interested in,
  • What her parent’s expectations from her were like
  • Which programs should she be a part of to build her profile early on

 

 

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Grade 10:

Question: Do my personality and interests match with my career choice?

Punya’s counsellor wanted to give her the much-needed clarity in terms of which courses would suit her. To assist her in making the right decision, Ms Manmeet sought a Psychometric Test for Punya.

Based on the test undertaken, she was given the requisite counselling sessions to help her identify:

  • Best Fit Career: Engineering appeared as the best-fit career choice for her.
  • Extensive Research: She explored the relevant information on various traditional and emerging branches of engineering and decided to pursue Computer Science.

 

Grade 11:

Question: Which Course, Country and Entrance Exams should i opt for?

Based on the Psychometric assessments which she was checked on, Ms. Manmeet helped Punya in making the right decisions in Grade 11, as follows:

  • Subject choice: Non-medical with Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Computer Science with English as the first language.
  • Country of Choice: Punya was keen to study abroad.  Univariety helped her shortlist USA and Australia as study destinations. A range of factors was taken into account while deciding on the country which included;
    • Budget preferences,
    • Parental considerations,
    • University compatibility & rankings and
    • Future goals.
  • Entrance Test Guidance: Punya was guided for standardized tests such as SAT/ACT, IELTS, TOEFL, among others.

 

Class 12:

Question: How should I apply and can I get a scholarship?

Ms. Manmeet helped Punya in shortlisting 12 universities and guided her at every step of the application process.

  • Categorization of colleges: The colleges were shortlisted in 3 broad categories-.Aspiration, Best Fit and Safe List of colleges.
  • Scholarship guidance: Punya received a scholarship of $68,000 from DePaul University, USA.

Additional offers: She also got offers from 9 Universities she applied to.

 

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Result: Punya enrolled at the University of New South Wales, Australia for a degree in Computer Science

 

With the help of this example, the crucial role that a career counsellor plays in the life of a student.

 

Praise for the Counsellor 

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Ms Manmeet is a certified Global Career Counsellor from UCLA Extension and Univariety. Sh has been guiding thousands of school and college students to their best-fit careers.

 

 

 

 

 

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