IMPORTANCE OF PROPER GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING
BY: TAJAMUL NASEEM
Guidance and counselling is an important aspect in the life of every person. The major aim of Guidance Counseling Services is to encourage students’ academic, social, emotional and personal development. To reach this aim, guidance counseling services help students get to know themselves better and find effective solutions to their problems. The purpose of guidance and counseling services is to assist pupils in self-examination, self-evaluation, and analysis of alternatives so that each pupil can benefit most fully from his/her education and life experiences.
Everyone has his own likes and dislikes. It varies from person to person. Proper counseling at proper time is very important. In the whole country in general and in Kashmir in particular we lack this facility. I myself am a victim of this. Due to lack of proper guidance and counseling at proper time a lot of talent is lost. In other countries like USA, Japan, China and other developed countries counseling begins even before a child is admitted in school.
According to the American Counseling Association “Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, and education and career goals.” Counselors are highly-trained professionals assisting people to live more joyful, productive lives. The guidance and counseling of students is an integral component of the educational mission of the school. Guidance and counseling services and programs promote the personal, social, educational, and career development of all students.
The purpose of counseling is to help clients achieve their personal goals, and gain greater insight into their lives. One hopes that by the end of this process one will be more satisfied with his/her life.
Why career guidance is important?
Have you ever thought about the career guidance? Well! I think majority of students do not consider career guidance as a significant issue. Hence, they have no or very little realization about the importance of career guidance. As a matter of fact, career guidance is a very important aspect of your life. In fact, it can make or break your career. If you want to see your career moving in a right direction then career guidance is of utmost importance. Everyone wants to be successful but they do not get the right guidance to make right decision at right time.
Planning your Future
Today, awareness about career guidance is still very low among younger generation. The culture of going to a counselor is almost nonexistent in our country. It is you with your parents who need to make right decision about your career from now on. It is essential that for a bright future you must start planning from now on. And for right planning you need right guidance. Right career guidance can tell you, about the career options that could suit you the most. Hence, you can start preparing for that option from the beginning. It will give you ample amount of time for right kind of preparation.
Everyone has some goal in his/her life. So, what is ambition or target as far as your career is concerned. You have to decide in advance and right career guidance could really help you in that. The best part of career guidance is that it is very objective as well as strategic. You could get a clear picture what your goal should be or must be. Otherwise it is quite normal that students fail to figure out what they want to do in near future. Career guidance from right person could really help you to figure out perfect career for you.
Choosing Right One from Myriads of Career Options
Today, in the time of globalization, when there are myriads of career options, it is normal that number of students get lost in those options. In short, I want to say, they are not able to decide a career which is best for them. The reason for this confusion is hundreds of careers available in just one line. This confusion could easily be clarified with the help of career counseling or guidance.
Never underestimate the importance of career guidance. In India in general and Kashmir in particular where everyone only wants a Sarkari Naukri, they hardly give any importance to other career options. You should open your mind regarding your career. Career guidance could make things a lot easier for you. Although in India the culture of career guidance is limited to big cities but you need to defy this culture and make best use of career guidance.
- The writer is a teacher hailing from Baramulla and can be reached at [email protected]