Career guidance should nurture the individual’s self-awareness, self-directedness, and life skills to set viable goals, to continually learn and add value to their future workplace and explore viable education.
It should also in addition to career options through the provision of accurate and comprehensive information, inculcate an appreciation for the value of all occupations and how they contribute to the well-functioning of society, equip students with skills and means to positively engage their parents and other career influencers.
Students tend to take advice from anyone they think has an experience. But it may not always be right or let alone be the best one. The path followed by their seemingly successful peers might not help them to reach the same destination, their model adults must have gone through failures themselves and their parents might be unaware of the latest industry demands. To make sure that students have clarity of thought, career counsellors must be made available for students at all times while they are in high school to receive the right and latest advice.
Students want to be successful and they don’t mind getting help. They may feel shy at first or think it’s weak to take help, but it is our responsibility to help them build strong careers. Having a career counselling cell in schools is the first step in doing that. It is a great first step indeed.
Why is career guidance key?
- Teaching labour market changes and the complexity of the workplace
- Broadening knowledge, skills, and abilities
- Improving decision-making skills
- Increasing self-esteem and motivation
- Building interpersonal effectiveness
- Maximizing career opportunities
- Improving employment marketability and opportunities
- Promoting effective job placement
- Strengthening employer relations
Finally, never underestimate the importance of career guidance. You should open your mind regarding your career. Career guidance could make things a lot easier for you.
Author: Gesture Chidhanguro