What is career counselling?
It shows the best direction to a student for his or her bright future.
It is necessary for students before entering high school. However, it hurts to state that Baloch youth are deprived of quality career counselling.
Students do not have the knowledge of their destination. They are just on the way, but they do not have any idea, where their journey would end.
One gets confused whether we do not have educated persons or these students are not interested in career counselling.
Now the question will be raised. Who is responsible that Baloch youth are deprived of career counselling? Students, parents, teachers or leaders?
There is a senseless tradition in our society to become a doctor or an engineer. Parent’s force their children to be a doctor or an engineer.
If a student wants to be an engineer and he is not interested in any other field and his parents force him to be a doctor. No doubt, he can never be a good doctor. It is better to let him to choose his field himself.
Most of the students who are studying pre-engineering or pre-medical do not know what to do if they did not get the engineering or medical seats. Mostly student’s reply was I do not know.
In my think of view if you do not know what will you do in your future? Nevertheless, you are going to spoil your bright future.
If they do not get the medical seat, they are going to do commission test preparation.
Alternatively, many students who give three attempts of medical test if they cannot get seat of medical they want to do B.A. Why you are going to do B.A? If you want to do B.A, then why you have wasted your three years? You should have taken F.A rather than F.Sc.
However, I want to ask them if you want to be appeared in commission exam, then why you have wasted your three to four years on preparing of medical test. You would take arts section. That would be better for you.
There is a trend that every student wants to be a civil engineer. Engineering students must not be behind civil engineering only, there are many engineering fields, such as Petroleum engineering, Mining, Electronics, Geological, Mechanical, Electrical and many more engineering fields are available. Take that program on which you are interested most. Do not think that whether there is scope on this field or not. Keep working hard and make yourself completely able on that field. No doubt, you will get a good job.
I have seen many students who picked their courses whatever their friends selected. When they attended, the classes then they thought they are not fit for these classes again they went and changed their subjects.
I have also seen many students, who have taken F.A then did B.A with Mathematics & Statistics then they are doing MSc in Mathematics or Statistics.
These all issues happen due to deprivation of career counselling.
The best way of career counselling is that students must be told in detail about the scopes of programs and student interest must be given more priority. Build up ability on your field. Hope, there will be scope on your selected field.
There are lots of fields, not just only engineering and medical. Such as teaching, journalism, information technology, law practice and banking and so on.
It’s always better to keep two options or an alternate option. If you cannot get the first opportunity then use the second option.
I plea to all parents and teachers that do not force the children for choosing their career. Just you should show the ways, tell the opportunities and scopes of the field. Let the child to select what he or she wants to be in future. Then in future, he or she must not criticize you that I could not achieve because of my parent or teacher.
I also want to plea to all students please break the trend of engineer, doctor or commission. World is wide there are lots of option for you. Do not be dependent on just one thing.
Writer is based in Canada and tweets as @BalochSami
Published in the Balochistan Voices on August 19th, 2016