Career is like the boat which helps today’s dream reach the shore of tomorrow’s reality. It is a continuous process with many trials during the academic life of an individual. This process also leads to stress or unavoidable setbacks. Career Counselling in class 10 can save students from getting lost and help in career choice.
The Career Crisis Of Job Holders
With limited high profile jobs being admired by the elderly, it becomes quite difficult for many to choose a career of their choice. The basic go-to options which get a big nod of approval from society are engineering or medical or government service. In such a scenario with the absence of a mandatory counsellor, most students choose streams under pressure and later end up in jobs, uninterested.
In other cases, students have vague plans for their future. They lack a clear understanding of the path of that start-up they dreamt of or the travel blogger they wanted to be and so on. The ‘how’ and ‘what’ keeps them scratching their head and they end up making safe career choices instead.
The current diversity of the job world also confuses as to what suits them the most and what could make them earn big bucks for that supercar. Also, the career choice of their peers compels them to take up subjects. They lack clarity of what might make them or break them. Fear of uncertain paths and unexplored ventures leads to poor career choices.
Thus they enter a phase of frustration later to end up in a career crisis. Many young individuals are an example of it.
They take help of counsellors and realise much later where their true potential and interest was this whole time. And if they don’t, some end up running inside the same loop, their whole lifetime.
The First Milestone Of The Marathon
We call it the milestone because after 10th the ‘same for all’ spectrum of subjects split into streams. Students suddenly do not have to only score good marks anymore. They get free but needless advice from elders about why science will be the best or why commerce can help them take over their family business. They see their friends pushing them to choose their streams. Suddenly it becomes a decision for their future! This is the time students in dilemma make mistakes of asking all the wrong questions to themselves:
Can I be with my friends if I choose the same subjects?
Will I be frowned upon by parents or classmates for choosing this subject?
Can this stream help me get a high paid job and promotion?
Will I be rich with this career path?
Do I have the independence to choose the stream of my interest?
What will ‘they’ think about me?
Whereas the questions that should be of paramount value are unfortunately ignored:
Is this the career option that I always wanted in life?
Is this path going to let me exploit my fullest potential?
Is this option going to let me fulfil my dreams and goals in life?
Am I going to enjoy studying and later working in this field?
Do I have knowledge of what people are actually achieving through this path in their lives?
Do I have the talent, skills, aptitude, strengths and personality required for this option?
Do I have confidence in myself for overcoming the challenges this path might present?
What are the perks of counselling?
A career counselling at such an early age ( for class 10 students ) can save students from getting lost.
1. Most students take a psychometric test which is helpful. But then whose result adds on to the chaos in their minds. Why? This test outlines its strengths and weaknesses and highlights their interests and aptitudes. But the catch is their interests and aptitudes need not match; like they can be good at physics but their passion might lie in arts. So what do they pick?
2. In this scenario, a counselling system could explain them their report by telling them the perks and mishaps of pursuing both their interests and aptitudes, thus shedding a light to make them take the right decisions.
3. An experienced counsellor further studies their thinking and wants. They can best discover some hidden potential. Once potential is realised, proper guidance can be given for a bright career for the student.
4. Students get the First Taste of Adulthood as they interact with a counsellor. They take the first step as an adult, i.e. Decision Making. This can invoke a sense of responsibility and thorough thinking as they assess the pros and cons of their preferred stream.
5. Also, they get introduced to Right to Choose. Till 10th mostly parents dominate the academic life of students. And continue to do so as mentioned above. Or in many cases, peer pressure intimidates them. But enrolment into career counselling can make them feel free and at ease to express their deepest desires. Along with their aptitude, their interests can hold a significant value. They can be encouraged to pursue an uncommon career path and given apt knowledge about what to do next. The ‘how’ can be answered and they need not choose any safe career choice.
6. A counsellor can act as the bridge between stubborn parents and students. They can help parents realise the scope of the field their child wants to be in. And why it is advisable to let the child prove its potential in the future.
So to sum up a career counselling can help class 10 students in:
1. Assess interests and passion.
3. Identify the right career choices / participate in a comprehensive career planning.
4. Provide help.
An early extra effort could ensure a steady career growth of an individual and is, therefore, a smart move. So say yes to career counselling today for the bud to bloom fully into a flower tomorrow!