You may take the help of a professional counsellor
∑ What you want to do?
∑ What is your goal?
∑ What fascinates you most?
∑ What you enjoy most? List of interests.
∑ What are your nice past experiences?
∑ What past activities and associations you have liked most?
∑ What are you good at Ė both learned and natural skills?
∑ What type of environment you like most?
You may take the help of a professional counsellor
∑ What type of person you are?
∑ What are your traits?
∑ What values you hold or respect most?
Schools can depute a professional counsellor or avail the services of a professional counsellor for the students
Source: Internet, Career Book, Magazines, TV, Newspapers, Friends, Teachers, Parents, Counsellors, Exhibitions, Institution Prospectus
∑ Get a true description of a career;
∑ Donít go by its glamour only
∑ Donít go obsessively for any one objective like money, power or fame
∑ Have a balanced set of objectives
∑ Be open to suggestions, advices. At least listen to others & analyse the comments
∑ Match your skills, interests, aptitudes with the requirements of the careers
∑ Highlight the common entries
∑ Check if those entries can be turned into a career
∑ List all suitable careers with it requirements and pay packages, facilities & personal growth with future prospects
∑Schools can provide these facilities to the students.
∑Professional colleges can send information about the institution to the schools through email, broachers etc.
Compare the following with the career requirements
∑ Your educational qualification
∑ Your skills
∑ Your Interests
∑ Your financial expectations
∑ †Your idea of job satisfaction
∑ Your future prospectus in the career
Meet persons from the field for their views
∑ Career should be for living & growth
∑ Career itself should be a long lasting one
∑ New avenues carry more risk and more & quick rewards
Schools can invite successful personalities from different walks of life for interaction with the students
Source: Internet, Career Book, Magazines, TV, Newspapers, Friends, Teachers, Parents, Counsellors, Exhibitions
Analyse & Study the following:
∑ Geographical, Social & Financial aspects
∑ Financial Aids available
∑ Meet with the Alumni of the institution
∑ Study Survey Reports
∑ Study Campus Recruitment opportunities & links with the industry/probable employers
∑ Physical fitness
∑ Intellectual depth
∑ Psychological Maturity
∑ Material well being
∑ Spiritual awareness
ABILITIES: †††††††††† Am I able to complete the assignments?
INTERESTS: †††††††††† What helps my attention?
NEEDS: What gives me a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment?
VALUES: What makes me feel good? What I feel about something?
PERSONALITY:††† How others describe me?
GOALS: What I want to do? How would I like to spend my life? What would I be doing after few years from now?
SKILLS: Life, Business, Executive, Study, Technical, Managerial
∑ Guidance & Counselling Centre at primary, secondary & senior secondary level
∑ Information centre compiling information about careers from different places
Role of these centres:
∑ Guidance, Counselling & Psycho-analysis assessment of students
∑ Assessing studentsí development levels & abilities including the special assistance to physically & mentally challenged students
∑ Identifying factors that can be barriers in learning & development
∑ Considering educational adjustments
∑ Personal counselling in relation to individual safety & crisis management
∑ Helping students manage relationships & behavioural difficulties
∑ Providing assistance to the secondary & senior secondary students in studying skills, subjects, course selection, career planning & decision making
∑ Plan & assist in planning to help students achieve positive outcome
Change in career
Financial Help/Aid Ė Loans & Scholarships
∑ Dress appropriately
∑ Be on time (with some time to spare for relaxation)
∑ Note address, phone No., name & designation of interviewer
∑ Learn about the organisational structure of the interviewing body
∑ Fill out forms, if any, neatly
∑ Carry your personal data sheet & supporting documents
∑ Keep on tips, the important events in your life
∑ Carry pocket notebook & pen
∑ Learn about career requirements
∑ Analyse why you are fit for the career
∑ Analyse what concerns you most
∑ Facial movement
∑ Firm hand shake, only if hand is offered
∑ Natural greetings
∑ Let interviewer start dialogue
∑ Listen carefully
∑ Ask thoughtful questions, if need be
∑ Show your willingness to do work & to contribute to organisationís growth
∑ Show your commitment to learn
∑ Exemplify your flexibility to adjust to new situations
∑ Elaborate your skills
∑ Donít project negative image of third person
∑ Try to be job oriented in all your answers
∑ Welcome all questions
∑ Ask for clarifications, if need be
∑ Take time to answer but donít be indecisive
∑ Be honest in your answers
∑ Sandwich answers to questions that reflect your negative image Ė Give a positive statement followed by admission to a negative fact terminating with another positive statement about what to do to overcome it
∑ About yourself Ė education, skills, experience, interests, values, expectations, weaknesses (always turn it into positive), strengths
∑ Your interest in career
∑ Best & worst opinion about the career
∑ Your future prospects & aspirations
∑ Your contributions & innovations in career
∑ Evaluation of your leadership & initiatives in team projects
∑ Planning your career