[:en]Career Counseling in School – Survey Report April 2018[:]

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Career counseling by Career Disha Nepal is offered by an expert career counselor to help youth to recognize their individual interests, values, and abilities by using different counseling tools and techniques. The different types of career counseling tools bring clarity to career-related goals, find the possible solution for education and career problems and point out the highest potential, and recommend suitable education and career to the youths accordingly.

Research shows that career counseling has led to individuals entering more suitable jobs, achieving greater job satisfaction and experiencing less job turnover than their counterparts who were not in the recipient of the career guidance.

In the modern era, the need for introducing career counseling to the students is very important to motivate the students toward the highest potential career choices. In Nepal, after SEE (School Education Examination) knowingly and unknowingly the chances of choosing the wrong career are greater than ever. Be it due to social pressure, misinformation or lack of reflection. Therefore, if students get a chance to have career counseling in the school level, they will have the choice to have an informed career…before it is too late.

We conducted the survey on 12 schools located at different places in Suryabinayak Municipality, Bhaktapur. The places include Ram Mandir, Aadarsh, and Kamal Binayak to know the perception and recognition of career counseling in school’s administration.

Recognition of the term and concept of career counseling in schools

Figure: 1 Study reveals that the term career counseling is completely new for more than 40 percent principals.

Career counseling is a new term in Nepal. Only a few top schools in Bhaktapur are using career counseling tools effectively.

How do the 58 percent of principal know the term career counseling?

Figure: 2. Most principals know Career Counseling through Social Media

Have the principals who know the term career counseling conducted some form of career counseling programs at their school?

No! The proper career counseling in school from career counseling expert is absent in all of the visited schools. Few of them informed us that they conduct some form of informative and advising counseling program at school. Such as motivation speech and student teacher career discussion program.

From 1-10, how do the principals rank the importance of career counseling in their schools?

 Figure:3. All the principals tend to believe that Career Counseling is utmost necessary

Career and educational choice of the students is important to the administration of the schools. 100% of the principals interviewed informed us that they know about their passed out students’ chosen career and education choice after SEE. According to them, the students most chosen career was management and science while only a few students choose the humanities and technical fields.

Figure 4: According the survey, most of the principal, 92%, felt the need of the career counseling for students.

Conclusion

Why is career counseling necessary in secondary school level?

It does not mean that only the confused students need the career counseling. Today, varieties of available career and education options and opportunity, which might be influenced students to pick up wrong education for the career. An Indian study shows that 1 in 3 students are unhappy with the course they picked. That is nearly half a million dissatisfied college students! Such figures only point to one clear truth – the importance of career guidance in schools.

The age group (14-18 years old) require career counseling the most. After grade 10 they need to decide the education for their career. A number of students pick specific subjects simply because their friends are opting for them while some decide according to their parents’ wishes. Only a few select subjects are based on their interests. Even this is usually chosen without knowing if their preferred subjects would lead them to their desired careers or not.

Career counselors believe that secondary schools are the platforms where students explore, experiment and enhance their life skills. It is during adolescence that they learn to communicate and interact with diverse groups, acquire problem-solving skills, polish their critical thinking abilities and recognize the importance of teamwork. Therefore, counselors suggest that secondary school students should be provided with appropriate career guidance in school level so that they can make informed decisions about their higher and professional studies.

Here are the few reasons that career counseling is important for students: 

  • It helps the student understand their own strengths, interest, and values and lets them know what education and career they would be suited for.
  • It helps students understand the career options that they fit in, and plan how to pursue them. It helps the students to build self-confident on their education and career decision. Subsequently, doing well in their chosen education field.
  • It gives them a platform to voice their opinion about what they would like to pursue, as well as discuss the obstacles that they may be worried about. For example, with their parents.

Career counseling plays a vital role at crucial turning points in the lives of students. Students are seeking the good guidance and support in both their school and parents for their education and career. If the principal of the school understands the value of career counseling for students’ life and implements the necessary career counseling tools then the chances of the students reaching the career of their dream can be a possibility.

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Career Counseling in School – Survey Report April 2018

Career counseling by Career Disha Nepal is offered by an expert career counselor to help youth to recognize their individual interests, values, and abilities by using different counseling tools and techniques. The different types of career counseling tools bring clarity to career-related goals, find the possible solution for education and career problems and point out the highest potential, and recommend suitable education and career to the youths accordingly.

Research shows that career counseling has led to individuals entering more suitable jobs, achieving greater job satisfaction and experiencing less job turnover than their counterparts who were not in the recipient of the career guidance.

In the modern era, the need for introducing career counseling to the students is very important to motivate the students toward the highest potential career choices. In Nepal, after SEE (School Education Examination) knowingly and unknowingly the chances of choosing the wrong career are greater than ever. Be it due to social pressure, misinformation or lack of reflection. Therefore, if students get a chance to have career counseling in the school level, they will have the choice to have an informed career…before it is too late.

We conducted the survey on 12 schools located at different places in Suryabinayak Municipality, Bhaktapur. The places include Ram Mandir, Aadarsh, and Kamal Binayak to know the perception and recognition of career counseling in school’s administration.

Recognition of the term and concept of career counseling in schools

Figure: 1 Study reveals that the term career counseling is completely new for more than 40 percent principals.

Career counseling is a new term in Nepal. Only a few top schools in Bhaktapur are using career counseling tools effectively.

How do the 58 percent of principal know the term career counseling?

Figure: 2. Most principals know Career Counseling through Social Media

Have the principals who know the term career counseling conducted some form of career counseling programs at their school?

No! The proper career counseling in school from career counseling expert is absent in all of the visited schools. Few of them informed us that they conduct some form of informative and advising counseling program at school. Such as motivation speech and student teacher career discussion program.

From 1-10, how do the principals rank the importance of career counseling in their schools?

 Figure:3. All the principals tend to believe that Career Counseling is utmost necessary

Career and educational choice of the students is important to the administration of the schools. 100% of the principals interviewed informed us that they know about their passed out students’ chosen career and education choice after SEE. According to them, the students most chosen career was management and science while only a few students choose the humanities and technical fields.

Figure 4According the survey, most of the principal, 92%, felt the need of the career counseling for students.

Conclusion

Why is career counseling necessary in secondary school level?

It does not mean that only the confused students need the career counseling. Today, varieties of available career and education options and opportunity, which might be influenced students to pick up wrong education for the career. An Indian study shows that 1 in 3 students are unhappy with the course they picked. That is nearly half a million dissatisfied college students! Such figures only point to one clear truth – the importance of career guidance in schools.

The age group (14-18 years old) require career counseling the most. After grade 10 they need to decide the education for their career. A number of students pick specific subjects simply because their friends are opting for them while some decide according to their parents’ wishes. Only a few select subjects are based on their interests. Even this is usually chosen without knowing if their preferred subjects would lead them to their desired careers or not.

Career counselors believe that secondary schools are the platforms where students explore, experiment and enhance their life skills. It is during adolescence that they learn to communicate and interact with diverse groups, acquire problem-solving skills, polish their critical thinking abilities and recognize the importance of teamwork. Therefore, counselors suggest that secondary school students should be provided with appropriate career guidance in school level so that they can make informed decisions about their higher and professional studies.

Here are the few reasons that career counseling is important for students: 

  • It helps the student understand their own strengths, interest, and values and lets them know what education and career they would be suited for.
  • It helps students understand the career options that they fit in, and plan how to pursue them. It helps the students to build self-confident on their education and career decision. Subsequently, doing well in their chosen education field.
  • It gives them a platform to voice their opinion about what they would like to pursue, as well as discuss the obstacles that they may be worried about. For example, with their parents.

Career counseling plays a vital role at crucial turning points in the lives of students. Students are seeking the good guidance and support in both their school and parents for their education and career. If the principal of the school understands the value of career counseling for students’ life and implements the necessary career counseling tools then the chances of the students reaching the career of their dream can be a possibility.

[:en]Less than C grade in SEE! No problem![:]

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I will not be a successful person if I get low grade in academics.

Is it a myth? 

SEE (Secondary Education Examination) is the first national-level examination for students. In this year, 2017/2018, there were 4,51,532 regular examinees, out of them 3,51,826 students secured the grade A plus, A, B plus, B, C plus  and C while 99,706 gets  the D plus, D, E plus, E grade.

There exist a lot of reasons why students are doing poorly in school. The major reason according to us is that since every student has unique abilities, skills and qualities, we cannot judge all of them through one standardized testing system. We are not suggesting that standardized system has no place for assessment, but since it has become the ONLY system, we are seeing the worst of what it can do.  ‘If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will believe to be a fool, at its life.’

In average, people with low academic ability tend to have low confidence in their ability that they tend to choose jobs that pay them less. In contrary to that, we are sharing with you the real life story of person who is running a major company who has not completed her SLC (Now SEE). More and more, personalities across Nepal have outshined the ‘over-patronized’ SLC and excelled in various areas without its merits. Certainly, passing in your SEE is an advantage, but if not… there are always other opportunities which might bring you more success.

This success story is of Mrs. Ram Laxmi Twoyana, the owner of Shree Navaras Herbal Industries. Her struggle to change her dream to reality without SEE has inspired us.

What is SEE?

The Secondary Education Examination, abbreviated as SEE, is the final examination in the secondary school system of Nepal. Every student must take this examination for completing the 10th grade of their academic study (according to new Education Act), before they join higher secondary or intermediate level education (SLC).

SEE is the ‘Iron Gate’ – what happens if one gets the less then C grade?

Getting a good grade in SEE opens doors for the maximum numbers of courses as well as many jobs opportunities. The scenario is such that the students’ grade of SEE examination determines their further subject choices rather than their interests and the labour market. Most of us think that a low grade in SEE (grade C or below) is the end of their world as it minimizes the chances of further education and job prospects. That is true to some extent, but there are always more possibilities in life. For a lot of youth, education (through academics) is not made for them, as an amount of hard-work does not seem to bring any fruitful result. You should not consider yourself as the ‘black sheep’ in your family or in school, rather recognize your abilities and passion and take the best route to get there. Academic path is not always the best way to reach your dream career.

Successful life story without SLC

Mrs. Ram Laxmi Twoyana is living in Suryabinayak and had not completed her SEE (earlier SLC). She has now her own company, Shree Navaras Herbal Industries. Her life and work experience in her own words.

“I was interested in the field of Ayurvedic science from my childhood. Some bad experiences in my life impressed me about this sector. Normal chemical medicines were not effective to her. I found that if I applied herbal medical method to my mother’s sickness, she would be with me longer period of time. From that, my desire to work on this sector was increased. But I didn’t have any idea about whether I could work, study and its minimum education requirements. Initially for a few years I worked in the carpet factory.  I did not want continue because I hated working there, even though it paid for me and my mother.

One day, through my friends I got the opportunity to work at Ayurvedic shop and decided to make this work my future career. After working for two years, I took a six months training provided by Nepal Ayurvedic institute and later took two more months of training from Red Cross Society.

 I then started my own company with as little find as Rs.5000. It took me more than two years to understand and recognize individual herbals and their healing process. I read several Ayurvedic science books to extend my knowledge about herbals medicine and how they worked.”

Currently, she has hired three employees to run the company. This company takes advantage of the opportunities that Nepal provides – Herbals. She has expanded her initial capital/investment by over 10 folds in less than 2 years. She says, “We have various floras that define us and using that sustainably can be the key to success here in Nepal. Till now, I am very satisfied with my social business and don’t regretted failing in SLC.”

Summing up, getting the low grade in SEE, doesn’t mean the end of the world. There are a lot of possible career options where SEE grades do not matter.

So find out about your abilities and follow your dreams. Click this link for detailed information about education qualification requirements for jobs and its overview. https://jobedudb.careerdishanepal.org/jobs

 

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[:en]Closing Ceremony of 3 days of Career Counseling at Kingdom Star High School at Thaukhel.[:]

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On 16 of June 2018, Kingdom Star School’s Hostel coordinator, Suresh Kumar Khati organized the closing session of career counseling program for this year.

We conducted Career Orientation, Labour Market workshop, Psychometric Assessment, My Future Pro and Individual Career Counseling to 23 young students, age group of 14 to 19 years old.

On the closing program, there were 2 passed out students, studied Bachelor of Hotel Management and Registered Nurse. They shared their personal story, how do they come to choose the education they are studying.

Another guest, CDN COO, and Career Counselor Hari Krishna Dahal explained the importance of individual determination to be the success in any career. He has given the example of famous person from the different careers, Neeldavids Salon of Hair & Beauty and Fashion designer Prabal Gurung . He also added no jobs are small; anyone can do their interesting job and can be famous if one has regular effort and strong determination on the respective career only.

Similarly, students who have participated in career counseling program shared their experience of how they benefited from the CDN Services to choose the right career.And also, Mrs. Kamala khaati distributed the Psychometric Assessment Result to the students.

The chair person of the ceremony, coordinator Mr.Suresh Kumar Khati wraps up the program by telling how one person desires make the world different. Definitely, regular effort to gain the goal is prerequisite but nothing is impossible. “If the late Edmund Percival Hillary did not desire to climb the top of the Mountain Everest first time, he never could reach there, If the Steven Paul Jobs did not dream to provide people the smartest phone ever,  then today no one has I Phone.” So finding a desired career where individual interest, strength, and abilities met is the way of achieving success.

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Closing Ceremony of 3 days of Career Counseling at Kingdom Star High School at Thaukhel

On 16 of June 2018, Kingdom Star School’s Hostel coordinator, Suresh Kumar Khati organized the closing session of career counseling program for this year.

We conducted Career Orientation, Labour Market workshop, Psychometric Assessment, My Future Pro and Individual Career Counseling to 23 young students, age group of 14 to 19 years old.

On the closing program, there were 2 passed out students, studied Bachelor of Hotel Management and Registered Nurse. They shared their personal story, how do they come to choose the education they are studying.

Another guest, CDN COO, and Career Counselor Hari Krishna Dahal explained the importance of individual determination to be the success in any career. He has given the example of famous person from the different careers, Neeldavids Salon of Hair & Beauty and Fashion designer Prabal Gurung . He also added no jobs are small; anyone can do their interesting job and can be famous if one has regular effort and strong determination on the respective career only.

Similarly, students who have participated in career counseling program shared their experience of how they benefited from the CDN Services to choose the right career.And also, Mrs. Kamala Khaati distributed the Psychometric Assessment Result to the students.

The chair person of the ceremony, coordinator Mr.Suresh Kumar Khati wraps up the program by telling how one person desires make the world different. Definitely, regular effort to gain the goal is prerequisite but nothing is impossible. “If the late Edmund Percival Hillary did not desire to climb the top of the Mountain Everest first time, he never could reach there, If the Steven Paul Jobs did not dream to provide people the smartest phone ever,  then today no one has I Phone.” So finding a desired career where individual interest, strength, and abilities met is the way of achieving success.

[:en]Career Orientation and Labour Market Workshop in Kingdom Star High School, Taukhel[:]

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We conducted Career Orientation Program and Labour Market Workshop to 23 young students studying in Kingdom Star High School, Taukhel on 26th May 2018.

To explain the importance of having the specific target to the student our Career Counselor started the program by giving the example of pancha pandaba’s (five brothers) Arjuna of Mahabharata Kal (era) how he concentrated and focused in his target and hit the bull’s eyes. Similar manner, if the students know the specific career interest on time and study the respective educational courses then they will be reached the desired destination in the short period of time.

At the end of the interactive program, students learnt important of career counseling to have an informed career, important of working in the interested sector, expansive job sectors of Nepal, and their details. All day informative program runs by our Career counselor Hari Krishna Dahal with the help of Susma Lohola and Shrijana KC.

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Career Orientation and Labour Market Workshop in Kingdom Star High School, Taukhel

We conducted Career Orientation Program and Labour Market Workshop to 23 young students studying in Kingdom Star High School, Taukhel on 26th May 2018.

To explain the importance of having the specific target to the student our Career Counselor started the program by giving the example of pancha pandaba’s (five brothers) Arjuna of Mahabharata Kal (era) how he concentrated and focused in his target and hit the bull’s eyes. Similar manner, if the students know the specific career interest on time and study the respective educational courses then they will be reach the desired destination in the short period of time.

At the end of the interactive program, students learnt important of career counseling to have an informed career, important of working in the interested sector, expansive job sectors of Nepal, and their details. All day informative program was ran by our Career counselor Hari Krishna Dahal with the help of Susma Lohola and Shrijana KC.