career counsellor problems in india

The Great Indian Career Counselling Crisis

I was good at History & Geography in school but much later realized that I was passionate about traveling, visiting new cities and reading about its ancient history. What if I realized this during my school life? I could have become a full-time Travel Journalist, Travel Blogger, Travel PR, Travel Ambassador or run my own Travel consultancy firm.

Well, I would be writing a whole different category of blogs for sure! These days students have access to resources and avenues that were unheard of a decade ago. Each study field, be it Medical, Engineering, or Arts, is further segmented into 10’s if not 100’s of different subcategories. A student has no tools at his/her disposal to guide him to make the right choice for their future. 

Career Counselling in the Education Industry:

Career Counselling has become a core part of the K-12 curricula. Many schools with IB, CIE, and ISC boards have Certified Counsellors on their payroll. Schools also conduct special counselling session for 10th & 12th graders. But by & large, most schools in India are not equipped to handle Career Counselling needs of their students presently. As mentioned in an India Today article:

“Recent reports indicate that the biggest concern for schools is the lack of career counselling cells that enable counsellors to guide students. Around 85% of students are concerned about which option to choose for higher education and 92% don’t get any career-related guidance from their schools.”

Here’s why Students need Counsellors like You:

  • Help students break the stereotype – 10th & 12th grade is the most crucial time for every student. They need extra attention and advice to be an extraordinary student. Complete guidance about renowned colleges and current career choices will help them avoid settling for the stereotypical Engineering or MBBS courses. Students need more awareness about the trending career paths & which one to pick as per their desire and ability. when expert counselling helps them overcome these barriers.
  • A scarcity of Career Counsellors – Most countries all over the world follows Career Counselling practices at school. India is currently waking up to this reality. Millions of schools are in need of certified counsellors to conduct workshops for their students’ bright future. Lakhs of students appear for 10th and 12th board examination every year. There are thousands of parents & children who need the help and guidance of a professional Career Counsellor.
  • Career Counselling is a MUST in schools – CBSE has made it mandatory for schools to have a career counselling wing. There has been a high demand for Certified Career Counsellors ever since.  But there’s still a scarcity of Professional Counsellors. Opportunity knocks!
  • Traditional methods need an upgrade – There is immense scope and growth for Counsellors with the changing time & technology in the education industry. Traditional techniques of Counselling don’t work effectively on students today. There are modern-day techniques available to upgrade one’s skill set and add value to the career counselling profession.

  • Need for Overseas Education Counsellors – Parents are always concerned about their child’s career choices.  if some want to grab a seat in India’s top colleges, there are a set of students who want to study abroad. Most of these parents look for consultation from an Overseas Education Counsellor to guide them through the long process.

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2 thoughts on “The Great Indian Career Counselling Crisis

  1. I’ve enjoyed reading your well articulated thoughts , gccadmin, …on the importance of Early Academic & Career Planning. In our local community we call an important portion of this work : ICAP planning – Individual Career and Academic Plans. There is a trend for upper level high school students who are 11th & 12th grade to conduct their own Capstone Projects — something deeply meaningful to them, that showcases many of the competencies they’ve developed during their K-12 years.

    It is my passion and hope — that advancement of the ICAPs & Capstone Project will occur in all of our local schools– to include huge increases in prior work & planning & counseling supports that you suggest : occurring from 5th grade, and forward.

    Please also add to you Career and Workforce Readiness advocacies : the HUGE importance of the advancement of Internal Locus-Of-Control with these processes FOR STUDENTS and THEIR FAMILIES..

    While programs MUST be built to better support outcomes for Post-grad Workforce Readiness for students… increases for Student & Family engagement… & full use of “Naviance” and other key planning resources ; ARE CRITICAL to this process……

    Oh– and the USA has tons of work ahead of them — as it sounds like India does… When my son served 1 year as an Intern, and 5 years of Residency in his Med School Training — ( he’s a Radiologist …) … when he was 26 years old ; he had peers from China and India who were supervising him who were 23 years old,… i.e.) more advanced in their Med Studies than their USA peers.

    It’s ok in my book to be humbled by International peers who are more advanced, … earlier… than you are : but NOT OK in my book ,… if USA curricula and academic programs in K-12 and Higher Ed become so monitized and lock-step ….. bogged down in decades of their own Self-Interest — that they can not adapt to new Global Trends to “Compact Curriculum” … when it makes good sense to do so.

    The USA can not be 3 + years BEHIND the rest of the progressive world — in piling too many Rules and Regulations on our talented Future Workforce. We must be AGILE — in our planning and regulation monitoring for the advancement and curation of our talented youth.

    Thank you so much for your many great ideas gccadmin …! !

  2. Hi, I would like to know more on the mandatory career counselling directive issued by CBSE. Could you kindly confirm the particular circular/notification issued by CBSE in this case?

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