Stephen R Covey, author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, said – “Seek first to understand, then to be understood”.
As an educator, I can relate to the quote and I am sure that you can as well.
Understanding student’s aptitudes, abilities, interests, shortcomings and most importantly, their plans for their future are essential aspects that I as a teacher should understand, for me to be understood by my students. Which is essentially a career counsellor’s job.
Since most schools lack designated career counsellors, we have to upskill ourselves and fill in for counsellors. Because let’s face it, we don’t just teach them Science or Maths or Social. We help them set the foundation for their life. If students and teachers are on two different pages, we can’t reach our end goal as a team.
Did you know, because of this glaring gap, the job opportunities in the market are umpteen? There are more than 20,000 jobs out there because schools are searching for counsellors both inside and outside of schools. Schools like Hiranandani Foundation School, Future World, Oakridge are on the look out for counsellors. At any given point, job portals have 1000+ fresh job listings for Career Counsellors.
Take a look at what Dr. Mrs. Vandana Lulla, Director of Podar Group of International Schools has to say about teachers who are also certified career counsellors.
All of us are hustling and trying to do the best for our students. But the tricky question is how do we go from imparting knowledge to inspiring careers? Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual. But thanks to evolution, we now have institutes that structurally help us specialise skills.
Yes, career counselling is a skill.
As teachers, we wear many hats. The present need of the hour is that we become career counsellors and guide our students through their career path. For the first time in India, educators now have a platform where they can get themselves certified as Career Counsellors. The Global Career Counsellor Certification is an excellent opportunity to learn everything there is to learn about Career Counselling.
International Schools like Pathways, Oakridge and the Heritage Group to CBSE Schools like DPS (multiple), DCM Group and Daly College to even the Army Public School have taken the Global Career Counsellor Certification to upskill their teachers and counsellors.
In the past three months, out of the 1000+ educators who have signed up for the course, 150+ are directors, owners and principals of schools and 450+ are teachers. What’s wonderful is, how this certification is bringing educators from farthest cities of India onto a single platform. From Kalimpong to Ahmedabad, from Panipat to Kozhikode, from Ferozpur to Madurai, from Mount Abu to Siliguri everyone wants to learn!
A career counselling course helps you add guidance skills and guide your students. For ease of understanding, I am dividing the three main categories of skills a career counsellor should possess.
- Technical Skills
- Counselling Skills
- Practical Learning
Technical Skills: It is imperative for career counsellors to have a complete understanding of the technical know-how of career counselling. Understanding potential course options across various streams, knowing which course is relevant for specific students and being able to use tools to facilitate the process.
Counselling Skills: These skills help you understand behavioural aspects, student and parent expectations, resolve parent-student conflict and help you differentiate between the need of a 9th-grade student vs a 12th-grade student. Enabling yourself with effective techniques and methods of career guidance is very important.
Practical Skills: Should include opportunities to shadow counsellors and get a first-hand experience on career counselling and connect with Universities and their Admission Officers through live webinars.
Are you willing to be the change that you want to see in the system?