Compared to other countries, in India children mostly do not have a choice when it comes to choosing their career. Being obsessed about white collar jobs, it is the parents who make the important decisions in their children’s life be it the education stream that they should choose and the career that they should opt for. And there are certain parents who live their dreams through their children. Parents believe that by doing so, they are helping their children to succeed in life. However, more often than not, the parents are actually making the life difficult and miserable for their children. This is because every child is unique and is blessed with exceptional talents and abilities. But it might not be scholastic abilities at all times. For some it might be artistic ability and for others creative ability; while some is inclined towards sports. Even those with scholastic abilities also differ in their aptitude with respect to science, maths, humanities and languages.
With the popular notion gaining ground that science and technology can guarantee success as well as high paying job, most parents pressurize their children to take up science stream. In their effort to make their children either doctors or engineers, they do not consider it important to ask children about their aspirations, their likes and dislikes. Being forced to take up a course which they have least interest in; the children feel tremendous pressure in trying to meet the expectations of their parents. This leads to stress, tension and depression which finally force them to take drastic steps or drop out.
As per statistics, a student commits suicide in India every hour. Being under constant pressure to perform and improve their grades, many students consider suicide the easiest option rather than coping with the academic pressure. Therefore, instead of forcing your children to take up something that they don’t like, sit with them and listen to what they have to say. It is their life and therefore they have the right to take decisions about their life. As a parent, your duty is not to come up with a career development plan but to provide suggestions and advices so that they feel right about their decision. After all at the end of the day you want your children to be happy, confident and contented.
At Avid Mentoring Hub, we ensure to provide the right career counselling so that the children can, as Confucius puts it “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” With myriad of options available to students, we make sure to know the interest or passion of the children before discussing the various career options. The career consultant at Avid also advises the parents not to force their children to follow their footsteps or thrust their aspirations upon them. We make them aware of the repercussions of putting unwanted pressure on the children.
There are many students who are not aware of their interest or abilities. In such a scenario, we encourage them to self-evaluate and explore different means to make them realize their true capabilities and strengths. The following are some of the services that we provide through career guidance:
- Choosing the right college
- Choosing the right stream
- Studying abroad
- Exploring the myriad career options
- Conducting psychometric assessment to find personality traits, area of interest and aptitude