Will the Concept of Career Counselling ever change the Mindset?

Have you ever given a thought to the concepts of Career Counselling and will it ever rule the mindset?

Career is of prime importance. A career is the most integral part of everyone’s life.

A career is an occupation or profession that one undertakes for a longer period in one’s life and derives a monetary benefit from it.  

Let’s take an example to understand the meaning of a career in a layman’s language.

If you are good at Astrology but you do not gain any monetary benefits from it, then this will be considered as your hobby and not as your career. Similarly, if you start consulting your clients and start getting some reward out of it, then Astrology becomes your Career.

Career Counselling
Career Counselling

On average, most individuals have a career life of around 40 years. You are going to invest 80% of your life’s time in the job or business which we call a Career. According to the career change statistics, an average person changes their career about 5-7 times in their working life. As per the survey, 93% of the Indian students are aware of only seven career options out of 250+ career options.

So it is very important that you research properly before selecting the one. This can be taken care of by proper career counseling.

Career Counselling

Career Counselling is an ongoing process that happens in several steps. This is not a one-time job. So it should be taken under the guidance of a good Career Counsellor. This consists of the following stages: 

Stage 1: Career Counselling -Initiation

This stage is very crucial and sensitive where the counselor has to develop the relationship and trust with the clients. This will help in getting to know about the students or clients.

The next step is to extract the information from the clients(Students/Parents etc.) and this can be done by the questionnaire and forms.

Stage 2: Exploration    

In the second stage of Exploration, the client is asked to give their own detailed analysis regarding the career options. Proper assistance is given for exploring the detailed analysis of the students by taking some of the assessment tests mentioned below :

  1.    Intelligence Quotient ( IQ) Test.
  2.    Emotional Quotient (EQ) Test
  3.    Adversity Quotient (AQ) Test
  4.    Aptitude Test
  5.    Personality Test
  6.    Multiple Intelligence Test
  7.    SWOT Analysis Test
  8.    Psychometric Test

Upon successful completion of these tests, you come up with 5-10 career options. Once you reach this stage you need to take the help of your parents, teachers, siblings, and mentor. This will help you to narrow down your choices to 1-2 options.

Just, for instance, you came up with a choice of Doctors and Lawyers. Now, go and approach these professionals and spend 1-2 days with them.

Take a sneak peek at the kind of their work, their daily activities, salary, lifestyle, and their opinion regarding their work life.

Make a list of questions and ask them what made them select this career and what kind of preparation they have taken to get into this field. Also get to know about their skillset, interest, abilities, natural inclination, hobbies.

The next step is very important. Start mapping the information collected from these professionals (Doctors and Lawyers) with the information of your assessment results. This will help you to come to a conclusion.

Stage 3: Decision Making

At this stage, the counselor’s job is to bring the students and the parents together on a common platform. This is the most critical stage in decision making which involves the selection of the best fit from a range of alternatives.

Stage 4: Preparation

This is the action plan and is going to be the real implementation of all the above-mentioned stages. Explore the roadmap to reach the destined career options. This pathway will have several ingredients like the eligibility criteria, entrance examination, colleges, universities, application, and selection processes.

Stage 5: Implementation

This is the final stage which focuses on the execution of the action plan with the career counselor.

Benefits of Career Counselling

No one is born perfect with all the information and knowledge and therefore each one of us needs guidance at some point in time. It helps us to make more informed decisions from others’ expertise and experience.

In the case of making career decisions Career Counselling is one way that renders support and constructive guidance in several ways : 

  1.       Discovers your strength and weakness.
  2.       Sets objectives and goals.
  3.       Decides the right career
  4.       Provides good resources
  5.       Combat and minimizes the frustration and confusions
  6.       Getting useful support and motivation.

The myth regarding Career Counselling

There are myths in almost everything surrounding us and career counseling is not an exception. Today we are going to clear the myth regarding career counseling in some of the points discussed below : 

Myth 1: Choosing a Career is very simple and easy.

Myth 2: There is an age for Career Counselling

Myth 3: Career counseling is only meant for school students

Myth 4: Only unconventional careers need Career Counselling

Myth 5: Career Counselling helps in getting job and placements

Career Counselling is the most ignored practice by Students, parents, and guardians. It is often considered and seen as the least important option but in reality, it should be considered as one of the vital practices which revolve around making the right academics and professional possibility.

Hope these benefits of Career Counselling have given you an insight into it. If you need any help and seeking guidance, then get in touch with an expert at contact@eduxact.com.

 

Thank you, we truly appreciate your valuable time spent with us.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity.

Wishing you all the best.

Cheers,

Anuradha Mandal

 

 

 

 

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