Why is Career Counselling important for students in today's time?

Why is Career Counselling important for students in today's time?

With over a million career options to choose from today, it has become hard to decide what one wants to become, with one path more appetizing over the other. Celebrities are getting more attention and earning big bucks, which is disturbing the image of life goals among children. They are easily influenced by the on-going trends and try to put themselves in the limelight without analysing and enacting their skill sets. Some are lucky enough to make it through the door, but some face roadblocks and lose their morale, with zero self-esteem and appreciation, and confidence at an all-time low. What should a helpless child do in a situation when it is stuck in a confusion hole and is unable to decide what subject he/she wants to study further? What are his/her interests? And when parents’ opinions, neighbours’ comments, and teachers’ judgements based on marks are the only guidance available? ODM Public school, Bhubaneswar have found a solution to this very problem. Having a counsellor has become the need of the hour. A one-on-one session with a professional career counsellor within the school premise can intrigue the child’s thinking, and help him/her drive to a career path. A career counsellor can lead children in a direction in which they can choose a career path of becoming either a scientist or a school teacher or an athlete or even a spokesperson. 1. Identify His/her Strengths and Weaknesses: A child takes a series of tests, like IQ tests, personality tests, aptitude tests and so on, which are designed by counsellors. It helps evaluate the child’s strengths and weaknesses, which in turn play a vital role in understanding the potential of the child. Every child is unique, and thus the test helps get clarity if the child is creatively inclined or is better in numbers. Information on your strengths and weaknesses will help choose a suitable career path. A career counsellor can further advise you on how you can work on your weaknesses. 2. Help make an Informed Choice: Counselling sessions help students to know the pros and cons of different streams, courses and educational options and the career paths it offers. A child can avoid unwanted risks when he/she takes an informed decision. With the help of a professional career counsellor, the child can get help in assessing his/her career choices. Furthermore, the evaluation of one’s strengths and weaknesses helps make the right choice for the future. It will build confidence in the child to make life decisions. 3. Be able to set Life Goals: Short-term or long-term, the child can set goals for himself or herself with the guidance and support of a professional counsellor, who understands the psyche of the children and help them understand their capabilities and encourage them to create a road map with a practical action plan. ODM Public School, Bhubaneswar are readily working towards encouraging their students to have a career counselling session with a professional. 4. Satisfaction: When the child chooses a career that matches his/her aptitude and preferences, will give immense satisfaction in the long run. Career counselling helps students pave their way into a better future. Children who can decide what they want to become at an early age work hard towards establishing themselves in whatever industry they choose to get in. More the competition, more are the chances that the child may drift away into bad habits and away from learning and growing. Having professional support to understand the child is even more important in boarding school in Odisha or any other school across the globe. The need of the hour is to understand every child and help them find their calling!