Or confused about courses after 12th, courses after 10th, or even after graduation?
Career Guidance and Counselling
To guide students and parents, we conduct career guidance and career counselling for College and School students. With the increasing number of careers and pathways to work towards numerous career options, career planning has gained enormous importance right since a student finishes grade 7. Through standardized career assessment tests and in-depth one-to-one counselling, we help parents and students make an informed choice about the future course and career selection.
These exercises are NOT to gauge how intelligent or how good a student is, but are meant to help him/her eliminate confusion and doubts, and develop a career path which is the most suitable for the future both in terms of abilities and interests.
Just for example, here are some questions that can be addressed:
- Which education board to select after class 10? (ISC, HSC, IBDP, A Levels)
- Would it be right to shift education boards?
- Is it alright to drop a subject? (eg. Should we drop Math because the kid is finding it difficult to cope?)
- Which stream to take? (Arts, Science, Commerce)
- Can one prepare for JEE while following the education pattern is a specific board?
- Which subjects to select? (eg. What should be the 3 HL subjects and 3 SL subjects? or Should we opt for 4 instead of 5 subjects in A Levels? or Would ISC or HSC Science serve better now, if eventually he/s she wants to pursue commerce?)
There could be 100s of such queries. The right decision now can ensure that the future path is correct.
Our career guidance includes the following steps:
You do an initial round of talk, discuss the confusion or habits of your son/daughter, answer several of our questions and then we recommend multiple or one career test (which can be conducted at our centre itself). Alongwith an Aptitude Test, we may recommend a Personality Test, Interest Test or more. We decide on the date of the test (it can be conducted on the same day too if there is any enough time)
Your son / daughter goes through the career testing. These tests are simple – students go through paper tests answering a large number of questions or by simply marking the answers to objective questions. Generally, 2 to 3 tests may take about 4 hours (and the tests can be done over 1 or 2 days)
REPORT and CAREER COUNSELLING:
Once the reports are generated, parents with their son/daughter visit us for an in-depth one-to-one counseling. We explain the reports to you. We continue our discussion and further understand as much as possible about the aptitude, interest, capacity of the student to do well in one or more careers. We recommend about 3 careers that the student can aim at. We also guide you on how to go about achieving the discussed career plan including several tips on how to improve the performance, be it in academics or daily life.
Often times we encourage students to keep in touch with us and share regular updates. Periodically students would then email us and even ask about their queries. We enjoy staying in touch with our students so that they can always eliminate any evolving confusions
Benefits of using our Career Guidance and Counseling:
Aptitude meets Interest
Students can pay attention to the skills and careers that they will not only be good at, but will also be interested in. eg. an architect’s son may want to become an architect, but does he have a real interest in architecture or does he have the design skills to become a top architect in the future? Or would a product design course be better because he has a specific set of imaginative skills? Such answers could be made available during the discussion
An integral aspect of the above point ensures that the student selects the right course that he/she will be studying for several years to come. Education counselling is available to decide on courses at School, High School, Bachelors or Postgraduate level. Eg. IB vs Junior College, BMS vs BFM vs BBI vs BCom, Mechnical Engineering vs Civil Engineering, MBA vs PGDM vs Masters in Management, etc. or it could be the right subject selection during A Levels or IBDP
Reduce the load of entrance tests
Should you prepare for MH CET or should you register for JEE Main and JEE Advanced? Given the number of entrance tests that students have to appear for after 10th, 12th, or during / after graduation to simply get an admission in to a College, it is important to know exactly which tests to appear for
School / College Decision
Which board is better? A Levels, IB or HSC? Will studying in School be better over studying in Junior College? A range of questions hit the mind when you are considering the selection of the right stream, or whether you are deciding to study in India or to study abroad
Stream Selection – Arts, Science, Commerce
Often after 10th, the biggest dilemma is between the selection of Arts, Science and Commerce in India. It is imperative to select the right stream to ensure you meet the entry requirements for studying your future course
Parents would realize about this the best. Sometimes all a student requires is a doze of inspiration from a third party. It works! Often times the same advise given by a career counsellor works wonders as against receiving the same from parents Its interesting to note that such a simple solution of doing a career testing or consulting an education counsellor could do wonders for the next 10 years
Change of Career
Job search is a big move in any individual’s career especially when they have worked in their industry for a few years. Some professional are really strong at what they do and the important part is, they enjoy their work. However, many are unsuccessful or unhappy about the way they are going about their work. Some are simply keen on taking a chance to get involved with their own start up. Career tests and discussions thereafter help such working professionals to understand their core strengths and decide on what resources they could accumulate to indeed make the right career shift in to the right field of work or organization.
There are so many more benefits. Our interest is to engage the student to think, bring belief in them to be focussed and achieve what he or she has set out for in the future.
Types of Career Tests
An aptitude test is a must for career selection. An aptitude is a combination of characterstics indicative of an individual’s capacity to acquire some specific knowledge, skill or set of organized responses such as the ability to become an artist or be a mechanic. An aptitude test may be defined as a test which measures a person’s potential ability in an activity of a specialized kind and within a restricted range. Aptitude means an individual’s aptitude for given type of activity, the capacity to acquire expertise under appropriate conditions, that is his potentialities at present as revealed by his performance on selected tests have predictive value.
Basically it is meant to evaluate or measure various abilities or strengths and weaknesses of a student. Aptitude test includes a large number of questions about an individual’s interests, preferences, hobbies, working style, learning pattern, and it further assesses social skills, interpersonal skills, and more.
Personality refers to individual differences in characteristic patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. The study of personality focuses on two broad areas: One is understanding individual differences in particular personality characteristics, such as sociability or irritability. Personality tests and inventories evaluate the thoughts, emotions, attitudes, and behavioral traits that comprise personality. The results of these tests can help determine a child’s personality strengths and weaknesses, and may identify certain disturbances in personality, or psychopathology.
Another type of personality test is the projective personality assessment. A projective test asks a child to interpret some ambiguous stimuli, aggression, anxiety, School bullying is a type of bullying that occurs in an educational setting. Bullying can be physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional in nature .
Career Analysis (also known as Job Analysis) to identify the content of a Career Analysis in terms of activities involved and attributes or occupation requirements needed to perform the activities. Career Analysis provides information to organizations which helps to determine which employees are best fit for specific jobs. Through Career Analysis, the analyst needs to understand what the important tasks of the Career are, how they are carried out, and the necessary human qualities needed to complete the Career successfully. The process of Career Analysis involves the analyst describing the duties of the incumbent, then the nature and conditions of work, and finally some basic qualifications. After this, the Career Analyst has completed a form called a Career graph, which displays the mental requirements of the Career. The measure of a sound Career Analysis is a valid task list. This list contains the functional or duty areas of a position, the related tasks, and the basic training recommendations. Subject matter experts (incumbents) and supervisors for the position being analyzed need to validate this final list in order to validate the Career Analysis. Career Analysis is crucial for first, helping individuals develop their careers, and also for helping organizations develop their employees in order to maximize talent. The outcomes of Career Analysis are key influences in designing learning, developing performance interventions, and improving processes. The application of Career Analysis techniques makes the implicit assumption that information about a Career as it presently exists may be used to develop programs to recruit, select, train, and appraise people for the occupation as it will exist in the future.
Your “Interests” and matching that to a career is key for early career success. It is easier to be good at a type of work if you are interested in it. It is hard to be successful in a career if you hate the work you do. Thus knowing your interests and matching those with different types of work can help you pick a career where you can be both successful and satisfied.
Your interests can tell you more on who you are and what suits you. They provide information necessary for making the right career choice. Evidently, your interests indicate what you like and what occupations interest you. If the profession you choose connects with these interests, you will find a lot more pleasure in your work.
Career Interest Tests are tools designed to help you select your first career, or a better fitting career if you don’t like the career you already have.
Most Career Tests will ask you a series of questions and then will provide a list of careers that match your answers. From there you narrow down your choices using the process of elimination and then doing research and then finally by spending some time in the actual work environment. The latter is called “shadowing”.