The number of fields in which students can make a career for themselves have increased drastically. Today, the options for studies is no more limited to science, commerce and arts. There are institutions which help you in specializing in many non-traditional fields as well, for example, there are colleges present for teaching students about painting, environment preservation, etc. With the increase in these options, the confusion for the students, when trying to choose a career for themselves has also increased. As a result, many institutions offering career guidance after 12th have come up. However, it is important that you choose the right institution for seeking career counselling after 12th.
Every student is different. What interests you may not be the same as what the interests of other students are. Similarly, the capabilities of each student are also different. While you may be really good with numbers, another student may be good at photography. This makes it imperative that the career guidance counsellor selected by you, should offer his or her personalized services to you. The counsellor needs to first understand what your personal interests and capabilities are and then based on this knowledge provide you the right information and support for finding the right career opportunities for yourself. If an institution offering career guidance after 12th does not offer these personalized services, then hiring its services may not be the best decision for your career.
Another important thing that one should look for before hiring someone for career counselling after 12th, is whether they are providing complete information and support with respect to choosing the right career after 12th or not. The guidance counsellors should not only inform the students about which field or career is the best for them, but also provide them with information about which institutes around the world are offering courses in that field and how the student should go about seeking admission in the course chosen by him or her. Any institution which does not provide such end to end services, should not be hired by you for helping out in taking your career decisions.
Hiring of the right counsellor for the purpose of helping in choosing the right career is a very important decision and a wrong choice in this regard can actually end you up stuck in a wrong career for the rest of your life. Hence, take time to find a good institution offering quality and reliable career guidance services.
The author is lead coordinator with an online career counselling portal of India. She has also worked as professor in the department of Child Psychology in a reputed private University in India. She currently facilitates active and real time interfacing between the seeking students and career counsellors that are ready to offer their services.