Career one’s perspective. I will define and explain here

Career
can be defined in many ways according to one’s perspective. I will define and
explain here two definitions of career. The first definition of career is rather
common. Any common person, if asked the definition of career will probably tell
this, i.e. “career is the occupation, trade or profession”, we take it as the
synonym to occupation. For example, if anyone has taken engineering or medical
or any other field then the job he/she is doing is taken as his/her career.
Actually, this is not definition of career, not according to my perspective.
The second definition of career is much more complex and broader. Career can be
defined as “the series of steps taken in one’s occupation or in any other stage
of life (but especially in occupation) and the progress that in the job,
occupation, education, internship”. It refers to the title earned in your whole
lifetime. It isn’t about just staying in one position.

Importance:

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 For example, suppose that you have taken
medical, done with your MBBS degree and then doing just a job. This should not
be taken as career, rather career should be taken as pursuing your aim, your
goal. Everyone who is born should have a reason. The goal of their life. If you
do not have any goal, if you do not have any reason then the meaning of career
will just be an occupation for you. If you do not know what to do with your
life, if you are just going with the flow then you are going nowhere. Your life
will go like this. You will complete tenth grade with no tension and worries.
Then you will end up taking pre-engineering or pre-medical and if you are girl
then you will probably go with pre-medical and if you are boy that it basically
depends upon your parents. If your parents are doctors then they definitely
want to see you as a doctor and since you already don’t have any goal, then you
will be a good child and you will take medical. And if your parents are not
doctors so there are like fifty percent chances. Again you are going nowhere.
Let me go further. You again spend your two years with fun and enjoyment. To
get admission into a good medical university is not easy. It is too difficult.
Therefore, you will get admission into an expensive private university, wasting
a huge amount of money on something that you never wanted to do. And then you
will spend your time as you had been spending. And then you become a doctor or
an engineer. You probably will get a job too. This is the time where there is
no more enjoyment. You are now living an extremely dull, boring and ordinary
life. Following a boring routine. This is the time where you regret and you
cannot do anything to make it right, you don’t have anything in your hands and
may be now you realize what you actually wanted to do, what your aim was. But
there is nothing you can do now. Your life become miserable. This would have
not happened to you if anyone would have guided you, told you what aim is.

This
is where I would explain the idea of career counselling.

Counselling:

“Counselling
can be defined as the process of helping, advising or guiding clients, by a
trained person on professional basis, in order to solve the personal,
professional, social or psychological problems of clients.”

Career Counselling:

“Career
Counselling is the defined as the process of advising clients in their career
by a trained person on professional basis”.

Career
Counselling is basically the process of training the students so the students
can make the right decisions for their lives.

Career
counselling is not just about guiding you what the field you should take to get
a suitable job for you. It is a much broader term. The main goal of career
counselling is not just about guiding you to what decisions you need to take
now but it is to training to make decisions for your career and life throughout
your whole life because your life is not going to stay in one place. Your life
is going to change, situations will change and you to continually make the
decisions for your life and career.

Importance:

From
the very earlier time, the importance of career counselling cannot be denied.
It is one of the most important things in student’s life because the whole life
of the students depends upon it. Most of the students are really confused and
worried about the future, they do not know what he/she is going to do with
their life. After important milestones in the education, students do not what
to do next i.e. after completing matriculation, they are confused what to
choose now, arts or science, and if science, then to choose what? Engineering,
medical or computer science, the same confusion come to students after passing
the grade 12, which college should they go? Which major should they take? This
confusion doesn’t leave you because you have to continue making decision
throughout your life. So, that is the reason, the importance of career
counselling cannot be denied. The students do not know their true talent or
skill and end up taking wrong decisions for their life. Career Counselling
helps students from not regretting. Professional counsellors guide students to
help them knowing their true talents, their skills and most importantly their
passion and interest. Career Counselling helps the students in all the
mainstreams of their life, i.e. what should be taken after grade eight, then
after grade tenth and twelve and so on. Knowing the importance of career
counselling, it should be availed to the students from the grade eight.

Taking
another example of Ashley Stahl, she is an American national security
professional who later on turned to a career coach. How does this transition
happen? She worked as a defense contractor in the pentagon while working there
she slowly realized this is not the work for what she is meant for. She shared her
experience at tedx. The turning point in her life was when her colleague asked
her to hold the gun for a while so that he could tie his shoe quoting her words
she said “It felt like I was holding death in my hands how was I going to be a
spy if I could not really hold a gun”. She was obviously frustrated but
eventually she reached out a career counselor slowly going through this she
became a career coach. Currently she is counselling college students and also
started an online career program.

She
also mentioned that the three important questions one must ask to hunt his
career 1) what are you good at? It means observe yourself what are you really
good at when doing that certain task you are delighted.

 2) What do people tell me I am good at? Maybe
you don’t know what you are good at but see what people ask you to do whether
they tell you to teach them a topic or give advice on a problem? That means you
are good at it.

3)
What is holding you back? This question arises after you have searched out your
talent then what is the thing which is holding you back. Reach out for help
hire a career counselor.

Students who do not get career
guidance:

Every
student faces the same questions i.e. what should I take now? What should I opt
for? Almost every students is confused and worried about their future. They do
not know what they are supposed to do with their lives. Because these students
do not get any career counselling or proper career counselling they rely on
their parents, friends, neighbors and teachers. Most of the teachers guide
students and suggest them about the future on their current performance in
certain subjects. The students end up take what the people said or opt for
conventional choice or what the parents decided for them. Many students make
career choices on the basis of what their peers had chosen. They don’t, for
once, consider what their interest is, until it is too late and when nothing
can be done.

Researches:

Recent
statistics show that a whopping 92% of the students do not get career guidance
from their school.

According
to a recent research, one in three students wish they had chosen a different
course. This means that about half a million students in a university are not
happy about the course they had taken and regret about it. This research when
carried out for influential
university think-tanks, the Higher Education Policy Institute and the Higher
Education Academy points out:  “Given
that there are 1.4 million full-time undergraduates, this suggests there could
be nearly 500,000 full-time students who believe they are on a sub-optimal
course.” Further studies shows that those students who are studying business,
architecture and engineering were the unhappiest and nearly 43% of the students
said that they would have definitely or maybe chose something else.

Upon
asking the reason of the dissatisfaction, they told that that they were not
being given proper guidance in their school. They did not have much information
about the course. They came to know about their true interest and talent when
it was too late.

Asked
about their general wellbeing, students were less happy than the general
population – with 73 per cent expressing satisfaction with their lives –
compared with 78 per cent of the population and 79 per cent of all 20 to
24-year-olds. Asked if they were happy yesterday, only 62 per cent replied:
“Yes.”

Another
research suggest that the 79% of the MBA students and 83% of the engineering
students are unemployable and the most significant reason that was found was
not getting proper career guidance.

The duties and responsibilities of
career counselor/How does a career counseling works:

Knowing
the importance of career counselling for the students. There should be proper
career counselling in schools and colleges. So the students should know what to
do with his/her life. It is necessary that every student in the school get
proper career counselling.

So,
now the question arises what does the career counselling or career counsellor
actually do? I will explain the work of school and colleges’ career
counsellors.

The
duties of counsellors vary from age to age.

Primary School Counsellor:

The
main focus of primary school counsellors to develop those skills in the
students which will help the students in the decision making and in academics.
So, that the student should not find difficulties in academic and social life.
The counsellors also meet the parents and teachers of student to know what are
the strengths and weaknesses of the student or if the student has any
behavioral or mental issue.

Middle School Counsellor:

Middle
school counsellors work with parents and teachers to create a positive, caring
and supportive environment for their academic and social cause. They continue
to build those skills in students which will help them in making decisions for
their life.

High School Counsellor:

High
school counselling is very important. High school counsellor advise students
for their future. They help the students in identifying the interest and goal
of their lives. They help them choosing a right career path and introduce the
students with different and several career options and their market value. In addition
to this, career counsellor guide the students to select the right institution
for the field that the students have chosen. Counsellor also provide inform the
students training programs, financial aid, and internships. They present
several career workshops to help students search for their major and apply for
different institutions.

So,
typically career counsellor in career counselling do the following to ensure
that the student get proper career counselling

·        
They conducts various aptitude tests and
assessments test to help students what their skills and interests are.

·        
In order to develop the realistic goals in
students, career counsellor help the students to interact with things in life.

·        
They provide the students with the
different opportunities to give experience to the students. So, the students
must know almost everything when making important decisions of their lives.

·        
Many motivational session and seminars are
arranged for the students so the students be motivated for their work.

·        
Career counsellors help the student to
career a plan for their academic purposes.

·        
In order to ensure the success of the
students, counsellors collaborate with parents, teachers and administration.

·        
They help the student choose and apply for
the educational programs.

·        
Career Counsellor helps students to build
the skills, interests.

·        
They help the students to learn the skills
that will help them in getting admission into the desired university or to get
the job. For example, interviewing and networking skills.

THE ROLE OF STUDENTS IN TAKING CAREER
COUNSELLING:

There
is equal role of student in taking the career counselling. In order to make the
efforts of career counsellor worth, the students should take it seriously
because nothing is going to happen if the student himself/herself is not
serious and all this efforts by career counsellors, parents and teacher will go
in vain. The students plays an active role in making it successful.

Most
of the students, in general, do not go the career counselling centers in any of
the time during their academic session or even if the school provides the
career counselling and it is mandatory to attend then the students go there but
they are not serious and they do not show any interest.

Many
students do not share the problems or weaknesses that they are having in their
academic and social lives with their counsellor because the students think that
they will be judged. When the counsellor do not know about the students then
obviously their counselling is not that effective as it should be or it might
have if the student had shared the problem or weakness he/she had and the
student had trust the counsellor.

The
student should take the responsibility for their professional development. The
student is the one who is responsible for everything in their lives. They are
responsible for their success and failure. If the student will not attend the
career counselling classes then obviously he/she is responsible for his/her
lose. It is better to prepare before than to regret after. So, students should
take his/her career and future seriously and be responsible for it.

If
you are a good student and you attend every class of your counselling center.
You also go the additional sessions of career counselling. This is not enough
for you. If you are being provided career counselling that no doubt you are the
lucky one to have it. You should the avail it completely, that is, you should
take the maximum benefit from it. This can be done by building relationship
with your counselor. For that you must have good communication skills. Good
communication skills are just not going to help you here with the counselling
but also in every aspect of your life.

The
students in a career counselling center should avail the maximum opportunities
as they could because these centers provide students with many opportunities students.
These opportunities are going to help students in achieving a successful life.
These opportunities provide you experience, help you in improving your skills
and groom you in a better human.

Parents Role:

Along
with students’ parents must also play a role in career counseling of a student
instead of imposing their own interest which they think is better for student
instead they may see the student abilities and encourage them to pursue what
they like what is their interest eventually it will be beneficial for them that
they may do best in their career of interest.

Benefits of Career Counselling to
students:

There
are many benefits of career counselling to consider. Since, this world provide
you with lots of career choices, you can easily get confused but career
counselling helps you to take the career that is best for you and that has
value in the market as well. Furthermore, it helps you identifying your
strengths and weaknesses, your skills and interests. Having a professional
advisor that helps you to know what skill and talents you must have to have a
successful career, is what a career counsellor do.

The
students that take career counselling classes are well aware of strengths and
weaknesses. The counselor take several aptitude tests and self-assessment tests
that identify that for which field are you best for keeping in view your
interests. The students are then well-known of their weaknesses and mistakes.
With the help of career counsellor, these mistakes are improved and then the
students then know which career should not be chosen, which will only lead to
frustration by knowing weaknesses.

The
main focus of the career counsellor is on helping the students in identifying
the goal of their lives, in helping them to know the aim of their lives. When
the students know their goal or aim, they have the right direction to go, the
students know what they are working on what they have to achieve. Career
counsellor helps the students in achieving their goal. They guide the students
about the steps they have to take in order to achieve their goal.

Career
counseling provide you many opportunities and experience which helps students a
lot in their life. Career counseling also helps students to get the training
and skills that they need in their field. They provide the students certain
ways and methods to get that training or experience or skill that is necessary
for their fields.

A
trained and professional career counselor will have a lot of experience and
information about the job market. The counselor will see the other side of the
career coin, with which you may be unfamiliar, and this can help you a great
deal.

A
trained, professional and experienced career counselor changes the personality
of the students. The students under the guidance of a career counselor become
trained, practical and well aware of the good and bad things.

A
career counselor provides support to the students in their difficult times.
They boosts the morale of a student by understanding the kind of requirements.
Building the motivational level of a student is necessary for long term
success. This aids in improving overall performance of a student.

Career
counsellor also helps the students to build communication skills. In order to
succeed and achieve the goa, the students must have good communication skills.
Career Counselor helps the students in developing great communication skills
and they also help the students in expanding their network which in turn
enhances emotional support.

Conclusion:

Our
purpose is the direction in life whether you call it purpose goal or more
technically your career in order to succeed in life one must find what is our
hidden talent and we cannot do it alone. A person needs guidance, a person
needs a mentor who can listen understand integrate reflect and give you a wise
suggestion, who looks up at your abilities helps you to achieve your goal. Therefore,
a proper counselling is needed see at the point in life when you have to choose
your career. With a proper career counselling, there are certain
responsibilities of students and teachers to be fulfilled.

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