The Career Psychology: What Role A Counsellor Plays?

Posted on May 13, 2012 in Education

By Vishakh Unnikrishnan:

Often we see people at the age of 18-20 who are not satisfied with their career choice, or in a dilemma on what to opt for as a profession. This at times creates unnecessary tension and anxiousness among the age group and leads to frustration. In a competitive environment that we live in, this is but inevitable.

If we look at the trend that most teenagers tend to opt for as a career choice, we barely have people opting for anything other than engineering or medical. If the cause of this trend is to be analysed, we can gives reasons such as family pressure, lack of awareness, lack of career counselling, opportunities and the risk of lack of job placements.

The basic reason why venturing into different professions is rare in the present age is simply because students between the age group of 18-20 rarely can come up with a firm answer if asked about what profession they would like to choose. This is basically because of two major aspects, one- the psychology of the students at that age which limits their scope of thinking, and two-lack of awareness.

To deal with the primary ‘benefactor’ is much more arduous than to deal with the latter. Career counsellors don’t just have to help children realise their field of interest, but also their potential, strengths and weaknesses. They have to provide them with the right knowledge of how to choose their field by analysing and juxtaposing their interests and strengths to what career options they have and giving them a brief idea about the job prospects they can expect. This, considering the very delicate and erratic psychology of teenagers is not an easy job. Once dealt with the counselling part, a school should take the responsibility of making sure their students are aware of what kind of jobs they would like to do, whether it suits their interests and strengths and whether they will be able to cope with it.

All this said, it is important to remember that to choose a profession or even a graduate course in a particular field of study is not at all easy for students within the aforementioned age group. It is perfectly alright to be confused and bewildered at the age, and the right decisions end up only if one tries to bring about a solution to their confusion. The frustration that teenagers have to go through is purely unnecessary and will only make them take the wrong decision in haste.