Streamlining advice systems | Deccan Herald
The world has evolved. Thus, students can aim for career options. The days when our education system was limited to a handful of professional fields are over. Students today have the freedom to choose from hundreds of career options.
While this is certainly a boon to our education system, it comes with a caveat, i.e. the need to have the right career guidance systems in place and the way to implement them in a streamlined manner.
While the need for education counseling systems is quite obvious, implementing them often becomes difficult, due to the various challenges the industry poses.
Let’s look at some of these concerns and discuss how we can implement improved system efficiency.
Reluctance of key stakeholders
The world of careers may have evolved exponentially but decision makers and space actors are still unaware of the emerging possibilities.
This lack of awareness often forces them to limit students to exploring a handful of popular career fields.
These limitations often manifest themselves in the form of a reluctance to see a career counselor; to pursue career paths based on hearsay or past success; and students often end up missing out on potential opportunities to identify their best-fit career paths.
Transition from the old to the new system
The need for good education counseling has not gone unnoticed, but on the contrary has also been recognized by the new education policy. What is missing, however, is the use of modern, current and relevant advisory tools.
Comprehensive and reliable psychometric assessment, tools and frameworks to focus on building profiles, exposure to virtual internships and skills development opportunities, and access to college, exam and databases. scholarships ; can all be obtained under one platform today. This shift to technology-driven decision-making platforms can allow us to create a sustainable career guidance ecosystem for students.
Reluctance to adopt technology
Career counseling through technological tools can be extremely powerful because it can reduce bias in the decision-making process and enable personalization.
In the past, stakeholders have been reluctant to embrace the technology, but the pandemic has succeeded in bringing about massive change on this front. The willingness to embrace technology and integrate it into the curriculum is now a reality. The fact that blended learning is the future is now a well accepted fact and this opens up an incredible opportunity to implement comprehensive career guidance solutions for students.
Closing the skills gap among educators
With a large portion of our schools lacking a career guidance system, there are at least 1.5 million career coaches needed in our country. If our teachers are trained in the kind of career opportunities that emerge from the core subjects they teach, they can contribute in a massive way by educating students about different career paths.
Currently, this is a major deficiency in our system. Training and developing educators through simple career counseling certification programs can be a blessing for students in the system and a solution that can also have a lasting impact on the future.
Although the challenges may be more numerous, what we should focus on are the solutions. Technology solutions and technology-enabled counseling systems integrated with quality counseling from educators and career coaches can enable each institution to have a suitable counseling ecosystem that can be implemented in a streamlined manner.
It is not a short-term change that we are aiming for, but a change that must also last in the future. We’ve had the answer all along, all we need is the right tool to implement it and see the impact it can have.
(The author is director of a career guidance platform)