|Dr. V. S. Ravindran|
He spoke to S.S.Dogra ( Mg. Editor , Dwarka Parichay ) about career counselling in
Q. According to you what is the status of Career Counseling in
Ans: In India Career counseling is still in its infancy. People believe that providing information is career counseling. But, in the real sense, career counseling is helping the student in knowing himself, his abilities, aptitudes, interests and personality and then guiding him to choose a course of study or career in accordance with his strengths and limitations.
Q. Are parents aware of the real meaning of career counselling?
Q. At what age or class students should be provided career counseling,?
Ans. Ideally the process should start in class IX. In class X they should get proper career counselling because after that they have to choose their subjects in class XI. Otherwise the students will choose subjects based on fantasies, opinions of friends or parental pressures. They will need career counseling again in class XII to narrow down their options and make a final decision.
Q. What are the characteristics of a good career counselor?
Ans: There is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding on this topic. Now what is happening is, some one who has read a few books on careers start calling himself a Career Counselor and begins to give advice to students and parents as to what to do and what not to do. This is absolutely wrong. A Career Counselor must have professional qualifications/training and experience. A Post Graduation (MA) in Psychology and a Professional Diploma in student counseling is the best combination. However, a PG in a related area like M.Ed., M.Sc. Child Development, M.S.W. plus a professional diploma in student counseling will suffice. What is most important is the counsellor must have undergone professional training in student counseling. As regards the qualities of good counselor, there are many. He should be a patient listener, empathetic, warm, well informed, impartial, trustworthy and so on.
Q. When there is a conflict between parents and child about choice of career what to do?
Ans: The response of students to career counseling is overwhelming. As a result of overload of complicated information and lack of proper guidance, students are baffled and confused. They need the help of an impartial professional career counselor.
Q. What are the fees/charges of a career counselor?
Ans: The consultation charges of a career counselor vary depending on the qualifications, training, experience and popularity of the career counselor. It will also depend on whether any psychological tests are conducted or not. The charges may range from Rs.500/- to Rs.5000/-
Q. Can you name a few career counselors/ institutions who can guide the students?
Ans: Sorry !I cannot do this because I am not supposed to promote a particular individual or institution. I have already mentioned the credentials and other requirements of a career counselor.
Q. What is future of career counseling in
Ans: Career Counseling has great future in this country. Job opportunities and self-employment opportunities are unlimited for a professionally trained Career Counselor. However, there is a big shortage of professionally trained Career Counselors in
Q. How long have you been in this profession? What is your experience?
Ans: I have been involved in counseling and counselor-training for more than two decades. My feeling is that a lot more has to be done. There is a great need for creating awareness among students, parents, teachers, administrators and authorities about the need and importance of Career Counseling.