CAREER COUNSELLING AS A CAREER IN INDIA

Date :18 Apr, 2018

Posted By:Team - Jitin Chawla's


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In the present world, every student needs to undergo Career counselling before makinga career decision, primarily in order to plan his/her career effectively in a scientific and methodical mannerand to succeed in the professional arena. The field of education and careers have widened to a great extent, making it impossible for a student to understand the perspective and scope of a career field. In the last decade, especially in metropolitan cities, there has been a rise in families seeking advice from professional career counsellors. Career Counselling is becoming an increasing sought after service due to an increased awareness on the importance of choosing one’s field and subsequently career, on the basis of one’s aptitude and interest. Thereafter, Career Counselling has emerged as a career field in itself with great scope and opportunities leading to a rise in the number of online as well as offline players.  

The responsibilities of a career counsellor revolve around administering aptitude and personality tests, evaluation and counselling with regard to the career options available as per the evaluation.The target audience would usually be high school studentsand their parents, essentially to help them understand the inherent strengths, qualities and abilities of their children. Along with suggesting a number of career options, a career counsellor is also responsible for enlightening children and their parents about the scope and courses/universities/colleges that they can choose along with the admission process, financial implications, etc. While this may usually be the case, at times a career counsellor may also have to counsel people who may have chosen a wrong career path, have failed or are struggling with it and have decided to seek help. Moreover, people from all walks of life visit a career counsellor for guidance. By listening attentively and without passing judgment, a career counsellor must give everyone the opportunity to explore, discover and clarify how and why they feel as they do.

A good counsellor should be a good listener, should be able to make effective communication, must be empathetic, should be emotionally and socially responsible as well as intelligent, should be able to focus on non-verbal communications, and must also possess observational skills.Effective counselling reduces confusion and allows the client to make effective decisions leading to positive changes in their attitude and/or behaviour Consequently, the goal of a counsellor is to help clients gain self-awareness and create a better environment for themselves both emotionally and physically. A trustworthy counsellor works along with their clients to find solution for their problems. 

Counselling is an exciting and lucrative career path for those looking for a job centred on working directly with people to help solve real-world problems. At the same time, it is a career that requires a combination of experience and professional qualifications along with self-evaluation and dedication. To start off a career in counselling, first you should decide what type of counsellor you want to become.

For a career in counselling, after 10+2 you can pursue graduation in subjects such as Psychology, Social Work, Human Resources  etc. and can opt for post-graduation in Career Counselling, Counselling, Life skill Education or Psychology from an accredited educational institution. Candidates who have a Master’s degree in any area are eligible to apply for Diploma Course in Counselling, however, some institutes prefer students with a psychology background. The duration of the course varies from 1- 2 years. Those having a graduation in Psychology, can opt for a PG Diploma. Besides regular studies, many courses in counselling and guidance are offered as part-time as well as correspondence. Along with pursuing Master’s, you can simultaneously work with a reputed career counselling firm to gain experience. After gaining experience in this field, you can work with any educational institution or as a  freelancer with schools, colleges, institutes, NGO’s, Private Counselling firms, etc.. You can also start up your own career counselling firm! However, obtaining a Master’s in Psychology would for sure prove beneficial in the long run.

Some of the top institutes for pursuing a Bachelor’s, Master’s or a Diploma in Psychology are:NCERT, Delhi; TATA Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai; University of Delhi; Ambedkar University, Delhi; Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Tamil Nadu; SNDT University, Mumbai; Mumbai University;Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan;Dayal Bagh Education Institute, Agra; St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai; MS University, Vadodara; Christ University, Bangalore; DAVV, Indore;Jamia MilliaIslamia, New Delhi; Central University, Karnataka; MCM-DAV College for Women, Chandigarh; Punjab University; Pune University; Annamalai University, Chennai; Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Delhi; Amity University;Galgotia University, etc.

Job opportunities in the field of Career Counselling are available at Career Counselling firms such as Centre for Career Development, Caring, Career Smart, etc. If you want to pursue career counselling on the media platform you can opt for career websites and media houses such as Careers 360, Education Times, HT Horizons, Amar Ujala, Navbharat Times, etc.

Moreover, there is an increasing demand of School Counsellors as more schools are realising that they may need to employ full-time/part-time counsellors to help students deal with everyday issues with school life and careers. Gain some experience in the field and you can opt for independent practice as a Career Counsellor as well!