The nation needs at least 1.4 million career counselors to maintain a globally acceptable student-to-school-counselor ratio.
In today’s time, with the emergence of numerous technologies and industries, there is a development of a lot of new job industries and job roles which didn't even exist before. Students nowadays have a wide array of career options to choose from. However, with the rise in the number of options, we are also noticing increased confusion. Thus, it has become imperative for students and professionals to find the right career fit and natural for individuals to explore new avenues. Therefore, boosting the need for career counsellors in India.
Scope in India
India has the biggest student population in the world, accounting for 350 million students. The nation needs at least 1.4 million career counsellors to maintain a globally acceptable student-to-school-counsellor ratio.
This is because the problem of selecting a suitable career is direr in India as parents even now force their kids to pick their future only from three or four conventional options including engineering, medical, and MBA. This increases the need for career counselling for students to determine their field which compliments their interest and offers a practical job. This showcases the high scope for career counsellors in India and forecasting a bright future for the counselling business.
Wrong career decisions
It is not uncommon to find students unhappy with their chosen course, or even working professionals not satisfied with their jobs and field. This happens all because of wrong career choice, which can be avoided by proper counselling.
Ruchir Arora, Co-Founder and CEO, CollegeDekho.com, said, “Most students today don’t have the access to right counselling & guidance when it comes to their higher education needs and career goals. More often than not, students make crucial decisions regarding courses; degrees and colleges based on hearsay, only to repent later when they are unable to cope with the academic pressure or are unable to find a good job.”
Arora, said, “The path to a successful career needs to be defined at a young age. This will ensure a smooth run in the later years. Therefore it is very important for young students to plan their future based on their interest and skills. They need to understand their capabilities so that they can give it their best.”
“This is where education counselling can help children discover their true potential, and guide them in their career journey from a young age. They can get clarity on the career options that are available to them and guide them to make informed decisions rather than based on what others say,” added, Arora.
Bridging The Gap By Educating Students On New Age Options
“There is a huge gap between content seekers and providers in the education industry today. The current market is full of new opportunities, and jobs are being created every day according to the market demands. But it is sad to see students repeat the same mistake, resulting in unemployment. Hence there is an innate need to break through the traditional mindset and educate young minds on the new age options available,” asserted Arora.