These are some questions that cause a lot of confusion in each and everyone’s lives. Choosing a suitable career is very critical but one of the most difficult decisions of our lives. To make matters worse, this responsibility of choosing a path for your life is borne by us in our childhood right from the time we are asked to select a subject stream. While Quadratic Equations and Trigonometry are to be dealt with, on one hand, the pressure of taking decisions that lay the foundation of our careers adds to the stress and anxiety among parents and students. This decision, in most cases in our country, is based on parental pressure, hearsay steps taken by friends, or inspired by movies (not that this is inappropriate, the decision needs to be practical and suited to you!).
Making a career choice based on the immediate information or based on the experience and guidance of elders might seem like the right option at some point. However, to make a decision as important as this, one should understand that Career Choice is a discovery process that is time-taking and requires the individual to explore various options methodically to see where one’s interests and potential lies.
For instance, in a family of doctors, the natural choice for the student would be to prepare for NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test). The student might also be scoring well in Science subjects in high school, but it is quite possible that in the long-term, the student may be more interested in other-related aspects of the medical field, such as Psychology, Life Sciences, Allied Medicine, etc. To avoid such pitfalls driven by short-term indicators such as “good marks in school examinations” or “family lineage”, it is important to assess the long-term fitment of the student in a particular career through robust testing mechanisms, research, and expert-advice.
Benefits of Career Counselling
No one is born all-knowledgeable and each one of us requires guidance at some point in our life, at personal and professional levels. It makes us more aware, allows to learn from others’ experiences, and helps us make a well-informed decision.
In the case of making career choices, Career Counselling is one way that can provide the student with constructive guidance and be helpful in multiple ways:
- Decide The Right Career
Career Counselling can help you explore a range of careers and evaluate all options in a structured way so you know what you are getting into. Counsellors are experts at assessing your personality, interests, and other aspects of you.
- Helps Provide Expert Resources
Career Counselling provides access to a rich repository of the resources and knowledge that makes you more aware so your decisions are not driven by gut or hearsay. This knowledge of Careers, their scope, and ways to pursue them are important to parents and students since most of the time they do not have that kind of knowledge.
- Helps Change Unwanted Behaviour Patterns
Students and professionals have habits that are hard to break, such as procrastinating, not keeping updated on the latest developments in their chosen career paths, neglecting emotional and mental health, not trying to self-motivate, etc. A Career Counsellor helps break such behavioural patterns that lead to unproductive activities, both at home and in school/college/work.
- Helps Remove Career-Related Frustration
Choosing a career can be a demanding task for both parents and children. A lack of any source of venting out emotions and thoughts may add to the existing frustration. Career Counselling provides a platform where such frustrations can be reduced, and focus is redirected to selecting the best career options.
- Provides A Role-Model
Career Counselling helps students connect to experts who have enough life experiences to share. They are role models who have accomplished and helped people in their life. This is why Career Counselling can serve as an inspiration to students looking to find their way in this world.
- Helps Bring Stability in Thought
Career Counsellors can help you remain calm when it comes to taking a career decision. Counselling helps bring about focus, and maintain that focus throughout our activities. Through proper scheduling and planning, they try and make your life more organized.
Pursuing a specific career choice involves various steps that help you succeed and Mindler provides you with a plethora of resources to achieve your goals. The objective of this is to provide you end-to-end support so you can go from the point of “I am confused about what to do next” to “I want to pursue Course A in College B”.
- The Action Plan is a document that the career counsellor prepares for you, customizing it to your requirements. This document describes the courses that you would have discussed in the counselling session, the colleges you can apply to, and how you can prepare for those colleges/courses.
- Career Library: This tool helps you to know more about different careers, the kind of job roles in those careers, the pros and cons of pursuing them.
- Roadmap: This is Mindler’s proprietary tool that helps you view all the colleges in a particular course, shortlist them, and get information about the application process and examinations required.
- Exam Corner: This tool can help you to check various entrance examinations in the country, their syllabi, and deadlines. Once you shortlist an exam in your exam corner, we email you information about the application forms so that you are alert and don’t miss the deadline.
- Scholarship: The scholarship tool allows you to find various scholarships that are applicable to the course/college of your choice.