Should govt run career
year, lakhs of students passing out from schools prepare and look
out for careers in different fields. Many of them are unaware about
the career opportunities available in fields other than medicine,
engineering or the IAS and allied services. In such a scenario,
should the government run counselling centres to guide students
properly about the careers best suited to them? Manish
Kumar Singal examines.
"Guidance must to
keep pace with increasing vocationalisation"
— P.N. Shastri,
a chartered accountant
Shastri, "Counselling is necessary nowadays as there are so
many career opportunities available. There are some counselling
centres being run by the government but not many people know about
Around 20 years
back, the career options were limited. The students used to opt
for selected careers like defence, IAS, engineering or medicine.
Now there are innumerable opportunities and vocations available
for the young many of which they are not aware about.
Most of the
schools do not guide the students properly about non-traditional
courses. And if at all, they only offer guidance about the usual
fields like engineering, medicine, the IAS and defence services.
Counselling should be part of the services provided by schools.
centres should be opened not only by the government but even
NGOs and private agencies that want to help the students in
choosing their careers.
Television is a
popular medium and counselling can be provided through it or
even other mass media like newspapers and magazines.
can play more active role than the govt"
— Ashok Verma,
Member of the Board of Governors, IIM
President of the Fore School of Managemen, Verma says that the
responsibility does not lie entirely with the government. Rather,
individuals should come forward to guide the youth about job
opportunities. Senior citizens can take a lead in this by setting up
their own forums for career guidance.
In our country,
every one wants to do graduation which only adds to the number
of educated unemployed. Rather, the students should be guided
properly at the school level itself on whether they need to do
graduation or can get jobs by taking up vocational courses.
If a student has
the aptitude to become a radio jockey, why should he waste three
years in doing graduation. Similarly, if somebody wants to
become a fashion designer, painter or musician, they too need
not do graduation. This guidance should be given by the
government at the school level itself.
More than the
government, individuals, especially senior citizens and social
workers, should come forward to provide counselling to the
There are some
counselling centres being run by the universities but they
generally provide counselling about their own courses only and
not about other options available.