Career Goals Sixty years back
When I was young (Schoolboy) i.e. almost sixty years back, there were very limited opportunities available after school. Almost all parents had only two goals in mind for their children. These were Engineers and Doctors. Very few chose careers as an Accountant or Lawyer for their kids. The choice mostly used to be based on the Family’s traditional profession. Art was never considered as a career choice. Technical professions like Mechanic, welder, electrician, etc. were considered as below dignity. Hence were followed only by tradition.
Growth in Career Opportunities around the year 2000
Career goals are always linked to earning potential. With large-scale development in India post-economic liberalization, there was a sudden growth of industries, followed by infrastructure development and service providers. This created a huge demand for skilled labor in all fields. Since these were not career targets for most of the students, there was a shortage of these candidates in the market. This led to the handsome salary package for these jobs.
Broad Spectrum of Career Goals
As there was an increase in salaries, more and more career goals became available after school. Unfortunately, there were no career guidance services available at the school level to guide students to take advantage of the new opportunities. This service is still not available in most of the schools. Hence parents send their children to College for getting University degrees. They unknowingly waste three valuable years of the life of their children and their own money on their education. A University degree is only for those who want to make a career in teaching and research, whichever branch they choose. Again the degree is not enough to get a job. Further education is required to make the student eligible for a job. Gone are the days when students used to complete college education and then they used to search for jobs. Today employers need candidates who are job-ready. They do not want to want to waste their salaries for training fresh candidates which takes a month or two.
Importance of Career Planning
Just imagine after working hard for three years for getting a Degree, if the student finds that there is no job available for his qualification what frustration that student will face. Therefore it is all the more important for the students especially their parents plan careers when their children are in school.
Broad Career Opportunities
Engineering – Need to be strong in Physics and Mathematics.
Doctor – Strong in Biology and Chemistry. Needs to have high patience and emotional quotient. To start practice independently has to spend at least two years in internship and mandatory rural service after passing MBBS.
Research in both engineering and medical
Pathology – Laboratory technicians, chemists
CAT scan, X-ray, MRI technicians
Column, Blog writers
Offbeat futuristic opportunities
Health Safety and Environment Management
The list is endless.
With proper planning let the children enjoy a successful life. The transition from Highschool to further education is an important phase in a student’s life. Take a start with proper career planning.
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