The job industry is seeing a number of new career fields coming up. But the first word of caution is that the availability of plenty of career choices today also leads to lots of confusion; hence we must take a few basic steps to plan careers effectively and choose the right career.
Step 1: Have a discussion on career choice
All parents should ensure that they discuss the aspirations of their children with them. Caution should be exercised such that the parents do not force careers of their choice on the children or force their vocation e.g. doctor, lawyer etc. Do remember that careers in arts and commerce too have become equally rewarding today than ever before and parents should not insist children to necessarily pursue science stream only.
Step 2: Visit a career counsellor
It is expected that in every household there will be multiple opinions on the career track that the child should take up. This often results in opinions being forced on the child and thus a lot of uncertainty and confusion. It is here that a vocational test or a career choice test could be of great use to determine the future. The advantage here is that that the counsellor can give a dispassionate opinion based on the facts of the case and the best possible option.
Step 3: Build up communication skills
One of the most important skills youngsters should develop is the ability of expression. Very often, many students know various things but fail miserably because they are unable to express their thoughts with clarity. Students should be encouraged to develop oral communication skills. Efforts in the above direction will also make the students extroverted and increase self-confidence.
Step 4: Develop overall personality
In today’s competitive world, the person who succeeds is the one who has multiple skills under his belt. Specialization in an area is important but one should not be an over-specialist. It is useful to inculcate inter-personal skills, teamwork skills to all children. These go a long way in boosting their confidence and also build better impressions on one and all around them. It is required that the parents encourage the child to actively participate in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities at the school and college level. It is here that they learn valuable lessons of competitiveness and sportsmanship.
Step 5: Increase computer literacy
Today’s world is heavily computer driven and this skill would be a tremendous value addition to children. It is strongly recommended that children should be exposed to as much of computer skills and techniques. If they are interested, computer software is an excellent field to be in; else the value addition so acquired too could enrich the student to a great degree. Personal computers too have become very affordable and could provide an unlimited world of learning to students via CDs, DVD, etc. The Internet (World Wide Web – www) too is an infinite universe of learning opportunity.
These five steps should help any student go for the right career that they are passionate about and also possess the skills for.