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A new career counselling model

The experiential learning career counselling model allows students to actually experience different careers, through short activities and videos, and to get an understanding of the type of careers they like. Through this methodology, students are put in the shoes of different professionals and get a chance to experience a career firsthand.

Before, I dive into what exactly is the experiential learning career counselling model and how it functions. I want to talk about why career counselling is the need of the hour and what makes it such an imperative requirement. 

According to a report by Economic Times, 85 percent of students are not equipped to make career decisions. Have you ever wondered why is that so? A similar survey reveals that 99 per cent of students, in our country, are unaware of the vast plethora of remunerative and fulfilling careers, at their disposal. It's simple, what, you don't know, you don't pursue.

With the rapidly changing job market, it is extremely important to gauge the changing Indian economic scenario and to help your child not only understand the various career streams available today but also to develop the required skill set which will take them a long way in their careers. By having a mentor, or a coach, you can identify your child’s strengths, at a young age and develop them to ensure that he or she is well equipped when they reach the job market.

In the counselling industry, the norm is to make a student undergo a psychometric test,  which scientifically analyses them, and then have a counsellor recommend a career, based on the findings of the test. Now, these tests are rather genuine and are pretty accurate! The problem comes when the counsellors have to link the results to actual careers and jobs and recommend a particular path. 

Most of the tests are based on the personality of the student, his or her interest and aptitude. Based on the theoretical aspect of these tests,  counsellors may recommend highly offbeat careers, like horticulture and forensic science which don’t have much scope in our country. The counselling companies that claim to have automated tests, also, at best, have around 20 careers which they recommend based on their algorithm. 

Now let’s say by some miracle these tests churn out the best possible career for a student. The underlying question that remains is that will the student enjoy the stream that’s been recommended? Will it live up to their expectations?  Most of these tests are taken by students at the age of 14 and 15, what if they have a change of heart? Questions regarding the remuneration in the field, the hours required to be put in and the level of performance expected are also left unanswered. 

All in all, what I’m saying is that career counselling based on just psychometric testing does help but it still is a shot in the dark and that’s where the experiential learning career counselling model comes in. It is still built on a psychometric test model.


The model is centred around answering 4 important questions

  1. What stream or career should I focus on? 

Like mentioned before the experiential learning module builds on the previous model. The first question is answered through a psychometric test analysis and a counselling session, only this time we don’t mention a particular career for a 10th grader but a stream they can focus on for example science. 

  1. What exactly do I have to do in this career or field? 

The module has a feature known as the experience cell which will allow 10th graders to try out the science stream firsthand and let them understand the different concepts and subjects under science. The experience cell makes them spend a day in the life of different professionals from the science field, makes them do tasks and activities they would do if they pursue science and therefore allows them to understand what exactly the field holds for them.  

  1. Will I like doing this career?

By letting students spend a day in the lives of different professionals we allow them to answer this question themselves. We also provide them with information about the degrees they have to pursue, the pay they’ll receive in the industry, the growth potential in the industry, the performance pressure, the work hours and the culture etc to help them make a more accurate decision. 

  1. What can I do to be successful in my career? 

These days going to school and performing well in class won’t guarantee you a good career. Students need to develop skills outside class for them to do well in the job market or else they won’t be unique. Each student is given a personalized game plan in this model to ensure they have the skills to do well in the industry. The skills in the game plan could range from technical skills like coding to soft skills like communication. 

The whole process is repeated in 11th grade to help the student decide which degree they should pursue after school and in college to help them decide what job they should take. Adding to our example where a student takes science in the 10th, in 11th we will help her decide which degree to take in college! Let’s say she chooses computer science. Then in college, through our process, she’ll zero in on the exact role she wants to do in the computer science field, for example, a back end programmer. By going through this process a student gets exposed to what's available out there and the chances of questions like “what if I had taken something else” or “ Should I switch?” arising reduces. Also along the way through the personalized gameplan, the student can develop the skills and grow. Information about the industry is also provided to make career decisions clear

Come try out the experiential learning career counselling model at Compass!