(FEBRUARY 12, 2021)

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life – Confucius”

It is rightly said that passion is the fuel behind a successful career. Identifying the passion and working towards making it a career is the foundation of being both successful and happy. Ms Anuradha Handa, Principal GDGPS Sector 48, Gurugram conducted a session for senior teachers through COE (East Delhi) on February 12, 2021, through Google Meet  regarding the importance of career counselling and how teachers can make a fruitful contribution towards career decision making by senior children.

Ms Anuradha Handa first spoke about the need for career counselling among young individuals. It was important that as a student stepped out of school for higher education, she should be equipped both academically as well as psychologically to pursue a path that leads them to enjoying a happy and successful life. Ms. Handa explained the components of career counselling such as career information and career education began right from early childhood when children heard parents and elders discussing careers of self and peers. She cautioned against demeaning any profession as any sort of vocation or profession is good, and beneficial to society. Ms. Handa well expounded the role of teachers in the choice of careers by students. She correctly said that students look up to their teachers for career guidance and information. The secondary years are for exploration of a variety of interests while the senior secondary years are an opportunity to turn that interest into a career.

Ms. Anuradha Handa enumerated various programmes undertaken by G D Goenka Public School, Sector 48 in this direction, the most significant being their flagship programme, IDM (I Discover Me) which exposes students of grades IX and X to diverse career options through expert sessions and parent interactions. She also mentioned the psychometric tests conducted by the school which generated an extensive report on each student evaluating their aptitude and passion. She also mentioned the IC3 programme of which GDGPS Sec 48 was an active participant. In this programme, each teacher was expected to be competent at imparting career guidance to students. In conclusion she took up queries from several participants who also expressed their satisfaction and gratitude for this enriching and informative session.