According to NACE, Career Readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace. It is the process of preparing students of any age with the essential skills they need to find and maintain a career.
Each year millions of students pass out from their schools and colleges to the world of job and career. They expect to have a career plan ready before they graduate while there is no effort from the schools to impart any knowledge on how to plan careers and be prepared to face the world.
As a result of such lack of guidance and support, the student is still clueless about what they want to do. While there are many possibilities and opportunities as a young freshly graduate because of the lack of guidance, they go where the crowd goes, ending with mainstream job choices like a doctor, engineer, teacher, etc.
The school should start to take this responsibility into their hand so that they will be more confident about what they really want to do with their lives when the students graduate. Either they want to go for further studies or immediately start working and under what field. With the right guidance, the student will know their skills and the ones they will need to brush-up on. The parents send their kids hoping that the school will equip their students with relevant skills and knowledge for their future careers but have not been doing a good job.
With the changing era, it is time that the schools and institutions give some thought about it. The old times had gone when there were only a few career options for the students to choose from. There is so much development everywhere now, and the world is evolving at an incredible speed. There is a need for career-ready for the student now more than ever. The school should consider introducing such a career plan for the student to be well equipped when they graduate.
The school can no longer afford to give just bookish knowledge alone; those times are gone. It is not sufficient for the students because the things they teach in the schools are available on the internet, just a google search away. They can search for any lesson or topic they want, and the internet will show thousands of results in many format choices.
With the development of technology and the coming of the internet, knowledge can be accessed from anywhere and by anyone. Because of this, the school becomes limited in providing knowledge. If the school continues to follow its old technique and teaching method amid such development, the student is sure to fall behind.
In India, some schools are slowly addressing these issues and are ready to make the necessary changes to fulfill the real purpose of education. Taking the step of career-ready means guiding the students to discover themselves, their skills and interest, and how well they will align with their career choice. This will also help the student get the necessary exposure that they need to choose from the many options they have.
By taking up various career-ready programs now available in the market, the student can understand themselves more and the career that you will do good at and enjoy working. There is much stress put on by society on the student to excel in studies and academic results; the right guidance will help them cope with all the stress, technology addiction and acquire relevant skills for their career choices.
Attending seminars held by experts from different fields will help students understand the working life within their chosen careers. There are many self-assessment tests that the student can take to know themselves better. While supporting the students with collecting all the information and knowledge, initiating career-ready helps and benefits the institution as well, they grow along with the student.
Institutions with career-ready programs not only produce students aspiring to be doctors or engineers. They also cater to careers that conventionally are not seen as successful. Careers like artists, data analysts, chefs, writers, entertainers, and many more students would enjoy and be good at it. By guiding the students, they get more clarity about what they want to do, which is not possible because of the old-fashioned teaching method and unaware parents. The institutions with such programs are likely to excel and produce aspiring students in different disciplines and fields.
When a child is career-ready, they do not struggle once they go out of their school and colleges, they are confident and ready for what the world has to throw on them. These programs help students acquire the relevant skills required for the career they have chosen by various methods like workshops, assessment tests, and personal counseling, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses. It helps the institution improve its approach towards their student. By introducing work-related education at an early age enhance their experience.
Such programs also guide and help the institution to build a certified team who can counsel the student, parents, or teachers throughout the year. They now do not need to go outside of their institution to get such services; it will be available to them at their campus. The parents no longer have to worry about their kids getting the right education and the directions they expect the schools to give to their children. They entrust their children to the hand of the intuitions so that they can mold and make them better prepared for the future. It is no longer sufficient just to give bookish knowledge to the kids, they need to learn how to apply the knowledge and set of skills that they have learned in real-life situations.
Since the times are changing and bringing new opportunities and possibilities, the expectations for the younger generation are also rising. This expectation gives rise to stress, anxiety, depression, and other issues. Because of these growing expectations, there is a rise in the suicide rates among the students. By giving the student the necessary and proper guidance, they will not feel defeated and useless anymore. The times have gone when the only way to get a decent job is to crack several difficult exams. The stress also rises because of dissatisfaction with their career choices. All these problems can be eliminated by giving support and guiding them. According to their skills and interests, they can choose from thousands of options available, which they will enjoy and even excel at.