We all know that counseling plays an important role in finding out the true potential of students. While some are smart enough to choose their career option right, most students are confused or have no idea what to do. Such children need counseling. However, counseling is usually a one-day session that lasts 2 to 3 hours or more. And it’s almost impossible to conduct an effective counseling session in such a short time period.
Do you think in such a short time, it is possible to find out the interest of a child ? It’s definitely not an easy task to understand someone’s interest in just one meeting, and the career advice given on the basis of such a brief interaction may not be the best.
Need for Career Coaching
For effective career counseling, there is a need for the right career coaching for students. But let’s first understand what career coaching is. Fortunately, there is now a lot of awareness among people about the need for counseling for young children. Apart from the traditional means, now online counseling is also available. Connected app is one of the digital platforms that provides round the clock counseling by professionals on almost every topic under the sun.
Types of Career Coaching
This is a process through which you get to know about your interest and locate the right path to move forward. Your coach is the most important factor in career coaching. Your coach plays a very important role in building your career. You should take help from four different types of coaches for your career.
Let’s find out about these coaches, and how they will be helpful in your career.
The choice of your career starts with you, and your personality, your passion, your attitude will be helpful in the choice of your career. All you need is to find out and know about your interest at the right time. Since you are clueless about what you should do next, the easiest option for you is to write all the career options on a piece of paper. Now you have 40-50 possible career options on that paper. Go through each of them to understand all your options. You can also take help from your parents and family members. Once you know more about your different options, you will get a better idea about what will click for you. After going through this process, you can shortlist 10 such options in which you may be interested.
Your parents are your second type of coach. Discuss shortlisted options with your parents to know their opinion. Your parents know you better than anyone, and, therefore, can guide you well. If you are interested in a particular career, you can share that with your parents. And if your parents know someone from that field, they can always take help from them to guide you. This way you will be doing something that is close to your interest. You will also reduce your choice of careers from 10 to one or two.
3. Your Teacher
Therefore, you have to improve your own skills as per your short listed goals and from there starts the role of your third coach, a teacher. Only your teacher can tell you how to reach your goal, what you are missing, how much improvement you require, how to plan your study, what should be your time table, and how much time you need to spend to reach your goal. He will also know about your current level, and how much more work you need to put in to achieve your goals and success in your career.
All this could be done only with the help of your teacher. For example, if you are appearing for the IIT entrance exam, then only your teacher can give you the right guidance about which books to read, what type of questions will be set, and what strategy you should adopt to clear this exam.
4. Your Friends
Your fourth coach is normally your friend, with whom you spend your maximum time. He knows about your positive as well as negative points. He will know what will make you happy. Hence, it’s important that you choose the right friends for yourself. It will be perfect if they have the same career goal as yours. Suppose, if you are interested in sports, you need to be physically fit and should be able to work hard. And if one of your friends is also interested in sports, both of you can practice together, and encourage each other.
It’s better if you start planning for your career as soon as possible. Ideally, you should start preparing for your career from class 8th or 9th itself. This will give you more time to improve the requisite skills needed for a particular career.