Career Awareness Programme (CAP)
Career awareness involves the understanding of basic career concepts and the ability and discipline to use that information to make wise personal and career decisions; choosing the right education & training pathways.
By providing career education programs and mentorship, Margdarshak plays a critical role in developing the career management skills of young people across India.
CAP Campaign provides information about key growth sectors with the aim to empower youth to make more informed decisions about their future career paths and to steer them towards viable work experience opportunities. It includes detailed information on each growth sector regarding the benefits of jobs in the private and public sectors.
We have brought thousands of students and young people to develop awareness and responsibility for their future, especially their professional development, employability skills and to reach career goals.
Explore Career Options
The next step of the career planning process is to explore options you're interested in and discover some you may not have thought of. By identifying occupations and industry sectors (for example, transportation or energy resources) that reflect your values, interests and skills, your research will help you make informed choices about your future.
Before you start make a list of options to explore. You may already have some occupations and industry sectors in mind. Alternatively, take the aptitude assessment of Margdarshak and your results will be used to match you with a number of occupations.
What you need to know
Your research goal is to find out as much detail as you can about the occupations and industry sectors that interest you. Look for answers to the following questions:
- What are the day-to-day activities, duties and responsibilities in this line of work?
- What are the typical working conditions; for example, outdoor or indoor work, hours of work, travel or overtime requirements and health hazards?
- What personal, employability and work-specific skills are required?
- What type of education is required; for example, high school, college, technical institute, university or apprenticeship?
- Is a specific certificate, degree, diploma or licence required to do this type of work?
- What training do most people in this type of work have? Were they trained on the job after they were hired or did they graduate from a specific type of training program? Which training programs are most respected by employers in the field?
- If graduation from a training program is required, where is the training offered? How long does the training take to complete? How much does it cost?
- Are there any special physical, legal or social requirements; for example, the ability to lift heavy sample cases, a specific class of driver's licence or a willingness to entertain clients in the evenings or on weekends?
- What are the future employment prospects? How will changes in technology and society affect this type of work? Will this type of work still be needed in five years? Ten years?
- What is the typical pay range for this type of work? What are the opportunities for career development and advancement?
Where can you find answers?
- www.Margdarshak website has complete profiles of more than 1200 occupations.
- People who work in an occupation or industry or are graduates of an educational program are a great source of up-to-date information that's difficult to access any other way. Try these suggestions to reach people who can answer your research questions.
- Use networking techniques to find out more about career options. If you know people in interesting lines of work, ask them about their work and about similar types of work. Ask the people you know to refer you to people they know in occupations that interest you.
- Do some information interviews. In other words, talk to people about their work, occupation and industry. It's easier to talk to people you already know or have been referred to by a mutual friend. However, you might also consider making some "cold calls" to contact people you don't know to get the information you need
Practise some aspect of the occupation, industry or program you're interested in. Trying it out lets you find the answers you can only get through hands-on experience:
- Volunteer to get a feel for a workplace, such as a hospital or a museum, or an industry, such as health care or tourism.
- Take an entry-level job or arrange a job shadow to check out an option and get a feel for an occupation or industry.
Research can expand your list of options by introducing you to occupations or industries you may not have considered. It can also narrow down a long list by revealing the choices that are a good fit for your values, skills and interests.
So go exploring-roll up your sleeves, do some detective work and discover the career options that work for you.