XLRI career tips for schoolkids

Jamshedpur: Students often face the dilemma of choosing the right career option after school and end up pursing conventional subjects without exploring possibilities.

To help youngsters see their goal, Samarthya – the student society of XLRI – organised Disha, a daylong career counselling workshop for schoolchildren on Sunday.

Around 600 students of Classes IX to XII from across 15 schools, along with their parents, attended the workshop on XLRI campus.

After a short inaugural ceremony, the participants appeared for a short aptitude test that tested their skills and possible career options.

Over 50 business management and human resource management students of XLRI set up stalls on different subjects namely education, social work, engineering, biotechnology, dance, photography, agriculture, medical, chartered accountancy, music, journalism, sports, writing, law, public services, public policy making, finance, statistics, IT and others.

“I want to be a footballer and here the XLRI students guided me how to become a sportsperson,” said Adarsh Kumar Singh, a Class XII student of St Mary’s English High School.

Parents on the other hand were on the lookout for three parameters – affordable courses, a good pay package for their wards and future aspects.

“My daughter wants to become a doctor but if she did not make it to a government college then we have to admit her to a private one, which will require a lump sum admission fee. So I on the lookout for smarter options. Here she received tips from the XLRI students on ways to prepare for medical, type of study material required, proper coaching and list of good colleges,” said Suresh Kumar, a resident of.

Marketing professional Anind Lahiri was keen on exploring unconventional career choices for her daughter. “Nowadays students can explore new career options rather than the clichéd ones. My daughter Ananya will appear for her Class X board exams in February, so its high time she chooses the right career for her,” he said.

XLRI students also guided the schoolchildren on different scopes and challenges surrounding a career.

“To have a successful career you need to be dedicated and love your job. I interacted with the students on ways to become a professional dancer and also discussed the difficulties they might face,” said Sahana, a first-year business management student of XLRI.