Hyderabad: Many young students in the State-run schools have career interests not just in technology but also in other domains such as agriculture, food and policing.
These were the interesting findings thrown up by a career guidance programme that aims at encouraging nearly 18,000 students from 194 government schools in the State to take up a profession of their choice.
The initiative, ‘My Choice My Future’ taken up across Telangana Model Schools in 27 districts by the State government in association with BodhBridge, a company incubated by IIT-Madras, said youngsters in the State were highly responsible and disciplined.
The initiative put the students through a psychometric analysis and career guidance programme, which was completed in two months. ‘My Choice My Future’ was a 72-question survey that aims at providing detailed insights into students’ dominant personalities and career interests.
The analysis said when it came to career-oriented traits, close to 48 per cent of the students were communicative and expressive. It also pointed out that the youngsters were not risk-takers and among the 25 career clusters presented in the initiative, human services, entertainment, hospitality and tourism, education and training, law and IT were the ones the youngsters were found to be suitable for.
Apart from students, nearly 200 teachers from model schools were trained and certified to administer and counsel the students using the initiative.
According to BodhBridge and State education officials, government teachers can serve as ‘intervention partners’ and play a crucial role in every student’s life.
A teacher, as a career guide and as an ‘intervention partner’ helps not only the current batch of students but also the ones to come. ‘My Choice My Future’ was also aimed at helping students and teachers gain an understanding of their abilities. Especially for Class X students, the initiative proved to be of great help in making the right decision after their board exams.
After the career guidance, students came up with personalised career goals based on their strengths to discuss with their teachers and parents.