“The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.”
– Denis Watley
In an era of increased competition and exposure to multiple careers, choosing the right career becomes a matter of serious consideration. Being realistic in making a choice can help students go in an appropriate direction. This objective can be enhanced by career counselling.
Career planning is one of the most crucial aspects of any person’s life. Deciding about your future is not quite easy. The task becomes even more complex when you have so much information, so many people whose opinions you cannot ignore, stiff competition to encounter and so many pressures to cope with. Everyone needs to straighten out thoughts concerning the future. Career planning is like posting colored flags in our course of life as milestones to be crossed to achieve a set goal. The ability to realize and evaluate your true potential, correct decision and long term planning are some of the steps to a successful career. The useful questions to be asked to chalk out the career path are as below :
- What am I really going to do?
- Can I really achieve it?
- Do I know the ways to get there?
- What are the risks?
- If I do not make it do I have other options?
- What are my strengths?
- What are my limitations?
- What strategies can help me to realize my dream career?
Ideally students should start giving thoughts to their career when they enter grade 8th. This is the time students get serious as they are gearing up to appear in their first board exams. It is a good time to introspect and explore the various options. Career planning is about sowing the seeds of success in early life and reaping the benefits throughout life. The 10th is a general stream and it is imperative to emphasis on all subjects equally as well as the 10th aggregate for seeking admissions in different schools.
How can students determine which career will fit them best? First they have to think which subjects are most desirable to them and this would help them to determine the stream. The next step would be to choose the career they want to take up in future and what activities would be important for them. Hence there are two major thresholds to make option choices namely: Grade 10th – for “Streams” and 12th – for “Career Choices”. But question arises how can you do this?
” Your true passion should be natural to you. Turn your wound into wisdom. You will be wounded many times in your life. You will make mistakes, some people will call them failure but I have learnt that failure is really God’s way of saying- Excuse me, you are moving in wrong direction”