Deciding career is one of the toughest jobs. Career counselling services help for sure but, there are few tips you can try home first. In this blog we are going to discuss about process that you can use to arrive at suitable career. In order to do that, students or parents need to ask few questions. Writing down answers with detailed explanation will help for sure.
In Indian context 10th and 12th standard exams are most important. Conventionally students make or break their careers at this juncture. Many are judged and labelled for lifetime based on results. It is not only exam of students but of their teachers, parents and siblings too. Exams would be over within two months from now, and question of lifetime would drop in, “What should I do now?” after the exams. Many parents guide their children towards conventional courses which parents are well informed about or they may suggest non-conventional courses based on success story they might have listened in their offices. Some students, rush towards their teachers, who no doubt have enormous subject knowledge, but may not been exposed to other fields.
What’s your dream?
Everybody has dream right from Martin Luther King to your Dudhwala. Given a chance everyone sees himself into a role. It can be anything: Engineer, Doctor, Police Inspector, Pharmacist, Marketing, Businessman, Defense person, Finance Guru, Teacher, Artist or Sportsperson. Write this dream down along with reasons, you have that dream. Reason can be “My father is an Engineer that’s why…” or “I think pilots have glamorous life-style and I want it too…” or “I always wanted to be a doctor because human body seems so simple and yet it is so complex”. Don’t judge your reasons. They will be really helpful in final analysis.
Have you checked your interest?
When was the last time you studied physics because you really liked it and not to crack a JEE question? Start listing down your interests. Your dreams and interests are different. Your dream is in future whereas your interest is in present. You enjoy pursuing your interests. List these interests too. They can be studying a subject thoroughly, talking to people what you read about, analysing things around you or observing people. You could also note down whether you like to work alone or in groups. This will help you narrow down not only courses but job types you may choose in future.
Based on answers to two questions, you will be able to judge your career vaguely. We are saying vaguely because there are few things you need to know about that career. Our suggestion is list two to three career options based on answers to these questions.
Are you informed?
Once you decide to go for a particular career, start collecting all relevant information. Relevant information most importantly consists of what are you going to do for next forty years of life. Getting through the course is one thing but pursuing the career for lifetime is altogether different. List down qualities, you will need to have for performing that job, over a sustained period of time. It can also give you an idea which qualities you should work on in case you decide to go for same career. For instance, you want to be a pilot, because you love glamorous lifestyle. In your interests you not down that you love airplanes and for your age your knowledge is surprisingly high. At the same time you note down that you like to work alone. Be alarmed. Pilot needs to work with people. There are people on ground and in air co-ordinating with him. Work on interpersonal skills.
Answers to these questions would clear your vision to great extent. Still there are few things to sort out.
What do you have currently?
After getting your career, likings and qualities required to pursue that career, it’s time for realistic check. Show the list to your parents, teachers, friends and people you think, can guide you. Most probably these people might have known you from many years. Discuss with them if a particular career is good for you. Consider getting your own SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis done. Go through your qualities and qualities required in that career, with their guidance. Match them. See what skills you need to learn. If the gap between two is too wide that’s when other two options we suggested previously come handy.
Also, research institutes which provide suitable courses; their curriculum and most importantly finances. By no means, we are suggesting that you should back out in case your financial condition is not good, we are suggesting you, to look for the options like loans and payoff periods after getting the job.
Are you well prepared for the entry?
Once you figure answers to aforementioned questions, start preparing for the exams. Most of you would be aware about your capabilities. Prepare a fool-proof plan accordingly. Discuss it with your advisors, parents and teachers. They can help you strategise for the entrance exams based on your strength and weaknesses.
In case, you are confused and haven’t got anything on your sheet, you should think of an option of career counselling. Career counsellor can help by giving you few tests and try to find out your interests, your skills. He can also guide about colleges, based on your interests, skills and financial conditions. Our suggestion, while choosing your Career Counsellor would be, to choose based on his experience in real life than his counselling experience alone. Counselling experience is always handy, but in times, when there are so many types of careers to choose from, real life experience counts more.
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