We follow the global benchmark for good career guidance practices to support schools and colleges in providing the best possible career-linked education and guidance.
A stable career education programme
Every school/college should have a stable, embedded programme of career-linked education and guidance having trained career professionals responsible for it with the explicit backing of the senior management. The careers programme should be published on the school/college website in a way that enables students, parents, teachers and employers to access and give feedback.
Learning from occupational information
By the age of 12, all students should have access to authentic information about occupations and the labour market to plan their career path and study options. Teachers/Parents should be encouraged to access the career website to support children.
Personalised career planning
Students have different career planning needs at different stages. Some have to attend universities and others don’t have such plans. So, a personalised career assessment and career dashboard should be provided to each student. School should keep systematic records of the advice given to each student and keep a track of their education or employment destinations after they leave school.
Every student should have opportunities to consult with a career professional, whenever significant study or career choices are being made. Every student should have at least one such meeting by the age of 14, and the opportunity for a regular interaction by the age of 17.
Linking curriculum learning to careers
All teachers should link curriculum learning with occupations and highlight the relevance of subjects for a wide range of future career paths. By the age of 12, every student should have a clear knowledge of "which subject is useful for which career".
Interact with employers and professionals
Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and job shadowing schemes. Every year, from the age of 12 onwards, students should participate in at least one meaningful visit at the work-place in which the student learns about the nature of the work and skills required to be successful.
Gain work experiences
Our report found that (in comparison to 81% of European schools) only 0.001% of Indian schools are offering their students a meaningful experience of the workplace by the end of class 11-12th. Every student from class 11 onwards should have a minimum of one part-time summer work experience to help their exploration of employability skills and expansion of networks. By the age of 18, every student should have had one further such experience, additional to any part-time jobs they may have.
Explore higher education
By the age of 15, all students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and the workplace. This should include at least two visits to different universities/institutes to meet staff and students.
Career-linked Education & Guidance Service (CEGS)
Career-linked education programme enriches the school/ college curriculum and prepares students to succeed in life.
Need for Career Planning
Lets read these strange but true career facts:
97% of people first finish their journey (education) and then think about the destination (career).
94% of adults are either in the wrong career or under-employed.
92% of school students, when asked about their career choice have a "let's see what happens" attitude and most of them are either having unrealistic career ambitions or follow the crowd.
82% of post-graduates are not able to utilise their investment in education as they are unemployable and fail to understand that degrees lacking skills are useless.
76% of BTech and MBA degree holders are trapped in a quagmire, doing jobs that can be done by a twelfth pass person.
74% of school students and 88% of college students are busy doing everything except their studies.
Benefits of CEGS in school/college
Students often fall into confusion in making the right choices for their future career. Many of them make career choices based on the advice of family members or friends. They don’t consider their aptitude, work attitude and innate talent until it’s too late. A professionally trained career counsellor will give clarity and understanding to make the right decisions.
Authentic and impartial guidance in school/college inspires students to improve their grades and stay engaged with education.
The decisions that children make at school/college have a big impact on their lives – affecting not just their further education or employment, but also their family and social lives.
Students are more engaged in education and highly motivated about their future when they have a clear understanding of themselves and their career options.
Developing knowledge and skills through a planned program of learning experiences will assist all students to make informed decisions about their study and/or work options.
Supporting students in making well-informed choices about subjects can lead them to have a sense of purpose and more optimistic outlook on education. Appropriate career planning enables students to choose the courses of study at school/college that will lead to the qualifications they need for the right careers.
Selecting a career usually, comes after choosing a course. If a student doesn’t pick the right course, it would inadvertently affect their career choice. A recent study showed that 2 in 3 college students are unhappy with the course that they picked. Such figures only point to the importance of career guidance.
Decisions made in school/college often make or break a student’s career. Experienced career professionals help in the decision-making process at career building stages of life.
Many of the counsellors in schools are either psychology teachers or motivators. Recent stats show a whopping 91% of students don’t get any career-related guidance from their schools.
Better guidance means young people are motivated to complete the courses and they take fewer wrong turns. Also, they are less likely to inadvertently drop school/college or to be unemployed for a longer period.
There is a correlation between income, quality of life and health status. Being out of work can lead to stress, lower self-esteem, and depression. Also, better career guidance can reduce unemployment and crime.
Why this matter?
Subject teachers are highly influential – students are 18 times more likely to be motivated to learn if their teachers know their hopes and dreams.
Students feel more engaged in their learning when they perceive the relevance of what they are studying and that only marks are not the criteria, there are numerous pathways to success.
We can help you to improve your school's careers provision and prepare your students for their futures.
Career guidance should be at the heart of education, not an afterthought.
When we talk about career planning, we are not preaching to someone. We create a personalised “career portfolio” of a student which is:
Self-engaging – means involving a student to design his/her career;
Impartial – not being judgmental or taking decision for others but helping students in their decision-making process;
Authentic – research-based scientific tools and updated information from original sources;
Measurable – various stages of career development should be measured, compared and analysed;
Transparent – all the stakeholders i.e. student, parent, teacher and advisor can share the student’s career portfolio;