Planning a Career


Steps 1. ††††††††††††† Explore Yourself

Explore your skills, interests, competence & aptitude

You may take the help of a professional counsellor


Think about:

    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?

Explore your personality

You may take the help of a professional counsellor


Think about:

    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


Steps 2. ††††††††††††† Explore Career Options

Learn about career options available that suits your temperament and goal

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


Think about:

    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.


Steps 3. Choose Career Options

Narrow down your search for career

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



Steps 4. Choose Institutions

Look for the most suitable institution in your pursuit for the desired career

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

Try work hard to meet all the required parameters for admission/entry into desired career.

Balanced Personality Dimensions

     Physical fitness

     Intellectual depth

     Psychological Maturity


     Material well being

     Spiritual awareness

Your characteristics:

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 services in schools

     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


††††††††† Educational



Change in career

Study Abroad

Specific Career

Financial Help/Aid Ė Loans & Scholarships

Tips for Interviews


Project your image

     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


Non-verbal Communication must show your confidence




     Facial movement




     Firm hand shake, only if hand is offered

Show your positive attitude

     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

Handle difficulty

     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

Some expected questions

     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