As the 21st Century advances, Vocational Guidance plays an important part in the career development of our youngsters. In partnership with the schools attended by the children, it prepares them and their families for this important transition, with individual counselling and assistance.
The Secondary School Leaving Certificate, passed at the end of 10th standard, signals for most the transition to further education or vocational training. There is a choice of higher secondary education, leading to college entrance, or 3 year Polytechnic Diploma courses, while the less academic find courses to their liking in Industrial Training Institutes where a wide range of craft and technician courses are available.
Students finishing school at 9th standard can still find something suitable among the simpler courses. Whether privately or government run, all training and educational institutions are closely monitored and regulated, producing qualifications and skills of acceptable standard, commensurate with employers’ needs.
Once into their selected programmes, the Vocational Guidance Officer (VGO) maintains regular contact with each student and relevant tutor, to monitor progress and welfare and resolve any difficulties. Towards the end of each student’s course, this support extends to facilitating recruitment interviews and work placement.
India’s rapid technological and economic development has created opportunities, enhanced mobility and lifted gender constraints, giving all our youngsters access to attractive employment and eager employers. Most colleges arrange campus interviews for students towards the end of their courses, attended by leading industries and employers.
This gives them excellent exposure to a wide range of opportunities, assuring them of employment. At this stage, the Vocational Guidance Officer continues to counsel students and maintains close contact with employers to arrange on-the-job training or work-experience, so optimising the transition into the world of work.