Ms Rekha’s experience as a trainer and as a mentor for B.Ed. aspirants prompted her to take a closer look at the students’ experiences and their inability to choose the right decision when it came down to their career choices. She has realized that the best approach to guide students is to give them those choices where they can find out about careers through research.
According to her, “Career selection is a major decision which affects the entire life of a student, thus the stakes are very high for the parents and the student. A 15 or 16 year old cannot make that crucial career decision alone. Parents and relatives have their own set of biases when it comes down to career choices, which could not be relevant as per the current circumstances. This is where a career counsellor’s role becomes important. The career counsellor is not just supposed to ensure a good career for the student but also help him/her in leading a responsible life where he/she can be an able contributor for the society. Students need that guidance to know where they are headed towards and gain that much needed motivation to realize their true calling in life.” .
A career counsellor provides students with the much needed clarity of thought regarding careers. A student’s core potential and interest is identified by a career counsellor, thus helping him/ her in choosing a suitable career for that person based on:
● Aptitude, and
● Personality traits.
Students need that hand holding while choosing careers and the following queries are an indicator that a student needs that advice from a career counselor-
● “I have no idea what I want to be in the future .”
● “I don’t know what to choose as a course post Grade 10.”
● “I’ve shortlisted some career options, but I don’t know which is best for me.”
● “I know which course I want to pursue, but I have no idea what I will do after my graduation.”