I never knew how important counselling was, until I realized its advantages. Here I’m talking about counselling in a student’s life where he is given information on his future studies and career. Where he also figures out what he really wants to do in life. That makes him stick to one field and not get confused.

I recently had a chance to talk to an Indian girl, who was 15 years old. I had nothing in common with her, so I had to start a topic. I asked, ‘what do you wanna be when you grow up?’. And to be honest, I was expecting the answer to be ‘a pilot’ or maybe ‘a doctor’. But she said ‘First, I want to do B.Com. Then, ill do masters but im not sure, if I’ll choose Hotel Management or Banking. Then ill have to hunt for a job, which im sure ill get, depending on what subjects I take in MBA’. This was the reply of a 15 year old.

In India, she said, they’re given counselling in the 10th grade when the kid is 15-16 years old. 3 days of counselling where the students are given information about future studies, jobs and how to find out your aptitude towards life.

I’ve seen people around me, who chose Computer Studies in 10th class, took Chemistry in Intermediate and started Accounting after that. Only if someone helped him decide what his aptitude was, he would’ve stuck to it. Even in Beaconhouse, which is considered one of the best schools of Pakistan, there is no such thing as counselling. And parents till this day have the same three careers for their kids. Mera beta baray ho k doctor banay ga, or maybe engineer ya lawyer.

Most schools and colleges here, rely mostly on rote. And all they want is the better result of the school, by any means. They even beat kids when they don’t learn the topic, but they don’t realize that he can’t learn it because his mind does not accept it. It’s not what his aptitude is. It is one of the things, schools in Pakistan really need to look forward to.

2 Comments so far

  1. A for apple (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 1:31 pm

    Well ustad rustam … I totally agree counselling is an important step in ur early years … in pakistan we see trend s if everyone is moving towarsd computers go for it … if its MBA thats the latest talk in town hey go have an admission wat are u waiting for … and sadly ppl do not … wait a min … I said all these once here :)

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  2. Nosheen (unregistered) on November 28th, 2006 @ 3:02 pm

    Career counselling is direly needed to be installed in our education system .But along with that the ” art of searching the job “or may be the right job whatever the instance be needs to be learnt .
    Coming back to the topic , now when we know that there is no such thing as counselling here in Pakistan how should one assess one self about his /her interst , aptitude ,what should be the career path and also what altenative options should be kept open in achieving the right career.In a social setup although dominated by parents most of the time but in other case sorry to say if we ask some professional’s advice infact a sincere piece of advice i don’t know why but we are really mean in sharing right information.Forexample a simple matter i was deciding about whether to do CFA or ACCA after my MBA . one of my senior was doing ACCA at taht time .I asked him about hows? and wats ? about ACCA .to tell you honestly I was as blank after the transfer of information as was beore.Over the period I have learnt that one keeps on exploring about his/her potential as well as aptitude more and more once he gets into a professional job .It is a continuous process , it is not a mtter of decided for once ,One of my university fellow who did MBA and after that she explored that she was basically interested in CSS and now she is a Csutom Officer You would have seen lot of people leaving banking and joining NGO’s, or other completely different sectors,and may be different domains .the process is continuous. what one self can explore , an outsider a career counseller even may not be of much help.

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