Job Counseling to ensure students ‘graduate’ in true sense

In a Job counselling course, students are made to explore and learn about their'self'. They research about the job market to understand the jobs that suit them the best.

By Author   |   Published: 17th Apr 2017   12:00 am Updated: 17th Apr 2017   12:11 am
Job Counseling

Many graduates dream of landing a government job after their graduation. However, vacancies in government organisations are limited. On the other hand, there is a dearth of talent in the private sector and the candidates are not willing to explore these opportunities.

Why are graduates, desperate to land government jobs and disinterested in private jobs? Let us explore.

Job security woes in private sector:
No employer hires to fire. Also, recruitment and training are expensive investment a company makes on its hires. Candidates are fired when they come with wrong attitude – take job casually or are misfits for the job.

Government jobs are equally demanding, especially in the initial months. So even in government organisations, candidates cannot get ‘confirmed’ unless they have the right attitude.

Low salaries in private sector:
The Government pays the best salaries, but for the bottom line. Two to three years in future, private sector employees will be earning more than their government counterparts. In fact, after 30 years of professional life, a good private sector employee’s salary is no where comparable to a government employee.

Expenses due to transfers:
Learning to adjust one’s life style according to the income is the only trick to deal with expenses. Cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore are full of immigrants living at a low cost!

The reality:
Every year, lakhs of candidates finish their graduation and enter the job market. For decades now, private sector has been providing employment to most of these candidates. Even in future, maximum number of jobs created would be by the private sector only. Youth should understand this situation and get ready for a meaningful career in private organisations.

Job counselling course:
The preconceived notions youth have about jobs in private sector are overshadowing the reality about them. To clear these notions and give a real picture of work life and culture in private companies, colleges should introduce a job counseling course as part of the university syllabus
In a job counseling course, students are made to explore and learn about their ‘self’. They research bout the job market to understand the jobs that suit them the best. Further, the course imparts knowledge and skills required to go about the job search.

During job counseling, students are exposed to various aspects of job- job market trends, key skills required, self assessment of personality, salary packages, cost of living in cities, hiring practices, job roles in demand and job retention strategies, job speech techniques etc. The idea behind this exercise is to replace the false notions with realities. By the end of the course, students will be confident enough to identify the right job for them and land it.

Apart from placement and knowledge transfer, college managements should take this job counseling as a key deliverable. This will ensure that our college graduates ‘graduate’ in the real sense of the term. It will also reduce pressure on the college Placement cell.