News : Helpline Counsellors' Phones Buzzing with Career Calls
Bhopal, April 28, 2014 -- With academic session about to start, it's time for students to finalize choice of courses. Many students are hesitant to move out of comfort of house for further studies outside the city.
MPBSE helpline counsellors are flooded these days with calls related to career guidance.
"A girl from Bhopal recently visited helpline at Board Office. She was quite apprehensive about moving out of the city for college education," said one of the counsellors, Shabnum Khan.
Khan said this wasn't the lone case. "Many students are worried over moving out while some are looking forward to it."
After the end of board exams, students are encountering anxious moments as half of them are preparing for competitive exams and other half are looking for admission tests.
There is a rise in number of calls for non-traditional career courses like merchant navy, mass com, fashion designing and animation.
"Even though traditional arts, science and commerce courses still continue to be favourite, students have also woken up to offbeat courses like paramedical and defence studies among others. Queries for civil services, too, have come from students," said counsellor Shireen Khan.
In fact, not just MPBSE and CBSE, but even undergraduate students have called the helpline for advice on civil services. "Besides, students prefer face-to-face counseling, when it comes to career advice. Often, we have those who take prior appointments. But we also entertain even walk-ins between 8am and 8 pm every day," Shabnum said.
According to counsellors, students often want to explore career choices other than traditional courses, but it is hard to convince parents.
"These days, a student of any stream has many options to choose from. But parents are reluctant for variety of reasons," Shireen said.
A student approached counsellors in the recent past. He was interested in mass com and journalism field, but most members of his family insisted on engineers and technical field.
"Though not fully supportive, they were not sure of his choice. We have to explain benefits of career choice according to disposition of the child," Shabnum said.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Board of Secondary Education, Madhya Pradesh (abbreviated MPBSE) is a board of school education in Madhya Pradesh State of India.
Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014