Odisha government planning to introduce career counselling in high schools

BHUBANESWAR: In an attempt to help students to select better career options, department of school and mass education is planning to conduct career counselling in high schools from next academic session.
“Students find it difficult choosing the stream for higher studies and also getting into the college of their choice after school. So we are planning to conduct career counselling sessions and also aptitude test for them, which will help in selecting a suitable career or subject for them and save them from landing in a wrong profession,” said president of Board of Secondary Education, Sushanta Kumar Das.


He said the board of secondary education is planning to do a workshop and also a series of consultation with experts and educationists before introducing the sessions in the schools. “If everything goes in the right track then we may start it before the 2018 board examinations,” Das added.


Besides, the counsellors would also help in reducing exam stress and anxiety among the students in secondary level. “It is very important for children to know about various possible fields apart from a few general ones like medicine, engineering, teaching. By appearing an aptitude test they can also know their strength and weaknesses and which subject they should take up in higher studies,” said director of higher secondary education, Ratnakar Rout.


There are several new-age career options available like fashion designing, radio jockeying, catering, hotel and hospitality management, media studies, management, architecture, interior designing, designing or multimedia, geography, astronomy, human resource, library science and so on from which student can select as per his or her inclination. Schools affiliated to other national boards like CBSE have been counselling students on various issues like exam stress and career choice.