EDUCATION PLUS

Career guidance is the key word

TO TAKE UP OR NOT? The programme means giving students an overview of various options.

TO TAKE UP OR NOT? The programme means giving students an overview of various options.   | Photo Credit: Photo: K.R. Deepak





GRD Matriculation Higher Secondary School has a programme where in professionals like psychologists conduct an evaluation test for the students.

IT GIVES a complete profile sketch of the individual. Whether the person is realistic, has an investigative bent of mind, artistic, enterprising or social. Depending on the entries made, it gives the person's intelligence. A graph indicates what the person is best at - mechanical reasoning, numerical abilities, word knowledge or verbal reasoning. This is for students who want to assess their personality type and thus find out what he or she might be good at doing. Called a potential appraisal report, this forms part of well-structured career guidance programmes. And, it helps plus two students who have to think not just about their board exams but also about what they would like to do for graduation. The idea of career guidance comes in here. These evaluation tests will not tell everything about the students - like the career they should take up or avoid, but it will definitely give an indication of what careers might be suitable for their personality types. But, most of the schools overlook the need for a career guidance programme. "They merely rush through the portions and most of the students are not sure of what subject they should choose for their higher studies," says Vanaja Raj, whose son is a Standard XII student of Kendriya Vidyalaya. "Even information regarding various entrance examinations, availability of application forms is not given in the school. The only way we get to know about these are from friends and relatives," says Pushpa Sridhar, whose son is in Standard XII. Having a career guidance programme also means giving students an overview of the various options open to them - especially courses such as NDA, which still lies outside the ambit of the conventional preferences such as medicine and engineering. However, the GRD Matriculation Higher Secondary School has a programme where in professionals like psychologists conduct an evaluation test for the students. The parents of the students too are invited for the evaluation. Perks Matriculation School invites delegates from Australian and Malaysian Universities to brief their students on the various courses available there, says Principal, A. Ramadoss. ANASUYA MENON





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