January 24, 2014,
The days when most people stayed in the same line of work for a lifetime are gone. The world of work is dynamic it is more realistic to think of your career as an ongoing work in progress. Your priorities change throughout your lifetime. Think about what was important to you when you are in 6th standard? How have your priorities changed? In what ways do you think they might change again in the future (for example, if you wish to innovate or make one car, might be redundant or not in use in the world when you are grown up.) Rapid technological advances, economic changes and the shift toward a service-based economy will continue to eliminate some types of work and create new ones .For example if you go to bank there is nobody who is writing your pass book. This job has been replaced by a teller with a better degree and training. The digital camera continues its takeover of the photography industry, and film is increasingly a novelty, the camera repairers are replaced by high end technical professional. May be after some year’s people will read e-paper there will be no desk journalist etc.
Career planning is a lifelong process of matching your current and foreseeable needs and priorities with the career options available to you and re-evaluating your plans as necessary. This does not mean that you have to start over every few years. Everything builds on what came before. No matter what type of work you choose to do, you will probably develop and refine a number of transferable skills as well as the particular skills necessary for that type of work. When it is time to move to another type of work, if you know your potential it would easy for you to look for options that will allow you to apply your current skills and develop new ones.
Here comes the career counselor, who would help you to assess your potential using reliable and valid aptitude test, match your abilities and traits to the world of work, help you to plan and put some actions to achieve your goal and progress toward your best fit careers. Make you aware of your strength so that in future if needed you can develop certain skills to shift your career matching to the world of work.
The process of Career Guidance
The first step of career guidance is to use the best available tools to assess your aptitude, personality and Interest: This helps you todecide what you want from your next career move by identifying your potential, skills and abilities.
Identify your career options and gather information about them. What choices do you have? What does each alternative involve? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each alternative vis-à-vis to your best potential?
Develop a plan of action. What will you have to do to make your decision a reality? What might prevent you from doing so? How will you overcome the problems you anticipate? For example you decide to take science stream, then is it naturally leading to your career goal or not. If any other stream choice is possible to meet your career goals etc.
Plan in a step-by-step manner, how you will accomplish the goal(s) you have chosen. For example if you are in class 10th what would be the best stream, what is in graduation, what next-job or higher education etc….
Plan and plan realistically, remember your aptitude and personality traits are keys to your success.