Deciding on the choice of a career is a very confusing and trying time in the life of a 15-year-old adolescent!! With very limited exposure to various career options, the choice of appropriate educational next steps also becomes a tricky question to answer. Compounded to this, if the adolescent belongs to a low-income family, he/she may not have access to appropriate sources of information or role models to guide him/her through this difficult phase. According to statistics, while 86% of Indian students are very concerned about which option to choose for higher education, 92% of them don’t get any career-related guidance from their schools (India Today 2017).
The CareerAwareprogram guides the students in making career choices, through the following process:
CareerAware uses an easy to navigate tool that guides the adolescents towards understanding themselves, their interests and abilities through customized psychometric tests
The next step is exposing them to the many career options open to them, the qualifications and aptitude required for pursuing different careers.
They are then guided on then planning their own careers by marrying the above two, which finally translates into a self-defined career plan. The results are presented in the form of a template which can be used at any point later in life to decode their aptitudes and suitable career options
The tool is administered by trained facilitators through a series of activities and experiences. Once the tool is administered, the counselors come back after 2 weeks to counsel students one on one, with the help of individual career counseling reports. Their queries are solved and advised on next steps.
2018 -19 Impact in a Brief:
23,935 students were a part of CareerAware
3 was the number of cities where the program was executed
13348 hours of content delivered
91% ofstudents equipped with the self-awareness to recognize their interests and abilities
71% of students could identify career options in line with their psychometric profiles
60% ofstudents displayed clarity of career plans at the end of the program
93% of students agreed with the career recommendations provided by the program
92% of students rated the program ‘4 and above’ on a scale of 1 to 5
One of our CareerAware participants, Suhasini, is a 9th standard student from Malad Municipal school. Before going through the CareerAware program, she thought of working with an NGO. After completing the program she became aware that her interests and aptitude are well suited for the police service. She is now determined to crack the UPSC and become an IPS officer.
There are many others like Suhasini who need your continued support for realizing and achieving their dreams. Your support will help us reach out to and impact more youth in the near future. We are immensely proud of what we have achieved so far which would not have been possible without your support. Thank you for the trust you have placed in us.
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