According to a new study by on The Next Generation’s View: Career and Personal Fulfillment, a vast majority of students continue to be idealistic in their vision of their future professional endeavors. On close examination:
> 80% believe a career should bring joy and fulfillment to their daily life.
> 53% believe that their chosen career will play a defining role in their growth as individuals.
> 72% said they want to go for a career that aligns with their interests and passions.
> 78% believe they are more likely to have a successful career in something they are passionate about and enjoy on a regular basis.
While ‘do what you love’ seems to be a common outlook, the very task of finding your calling at a young age, especially after 10th, 12th or college, can be a daunting process. When you’re still figuring out who you are as a person, and where your inclinations lie, seeking career counseling is a necessary step to understand what your career goals should look like.
Take a look at the primary objectives of a career counseling session:
1. To help in the proper selection of courses
Our fundamental education framework has experienced growth in a helter-skelter fashion. When our students finally reach the university, having comprehensively mulled over the courses they’re going to opt for – a decision that is most likely taken by parents and relatives with an eye on a more lucrative calling. In the end, you end up with a chemical engineer who actually has the potential to be a writer.
This whole procedure of heading our young, impressionable students into educational disciplines entirely detached from their actual aptitudes demands to be checked through the scientific process of counseling and guidance that ensures all-around development and growth of the individuals and the society.
2. To guarantee the best possible use of time spent outside the classrooms
How the students spend their non-class hours plainly influences their success in accomplishing both academic ability and self-awareness. Career counseling not only helps in setting up a foundation for holistic higher learning but also positively impacts how students can effectively utilize time outside their class in a productive manner.
3. To limit the mismatching between employment and education and help in the proficient utilization of labor
Consistently, our schools and colleges send a large number of eager graduates into the workforce, who are for all intents and purposes are largely unemployable—regardless of their fancy degrees, certificates, and diplomas. Truth be told, administrators regularly complain that of the many applications that come in for a single position, more than 80 bear no significant relevance to the job particulars at all. Moreover, only a limited number of students seek after their education with a reasonable thought about what they want to become in the long run.
With career counseling, students can clearly understand their career objectives and targets, instead of ambling through their school or university courses without learning anything of importance that can later prepare them for an uncertain future.
4. To motivate the youth for entrepreneurship or other forms of self-employment
Considering the extent of educated job-seekers flooding the Indian job market, it comes as no surprise that a sizable percentage of ambitious youth is branching out to start something of their own.
With career counseling and psychometric tests, the meritorious cases that are fit to venture into self-employment can be:
– Identified and taught the most proficient methods for setting up their own business.
– Encouraged to collaborate with of the concerned agencies in the sphere in getting industry-ready.
– Supported in their financially viable projects by turning them to the banks for credit help.
– Guided them to overcome the bottom-line difficulties through adequate follow-up after the inception of the venture.
5. To understand the overall personality and driving factors for the students
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) assessment, Strong Interest Inventory® Assessment and Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children® (MMTIC®) are uniquely designed self-report indicators that determine an individual’s personality type; understand their motivations, natural strengths and potential areas of growth; and provide an excellent foundation for an individual to achieve their career goals.
By undertaking these tests in a career counseling session, students from both schools and universities can get valuable insights into their vocational and personal interests by effectively aligning their preferences with potential educational, professional, and leisure activities.
Today, students see their professional career being more about just bringing home the bacon. They will take less pay and employee benefits for a job they are energetic about. A whopping 58% consider the “happiness of the work itself” to be the primary motivator for professionally successful individuals choose power, respect, and influence over money. Effective career counseling is the best instrument available for students to make promising educational and occupational choices for a rewarding and satisfactory career in the future.