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The Cases below are real examples of our Career Guidance methodology and the problems we are addressing for students at Schools and Colleges.

Case Study 1 – Career Guidance in Science

A Career Counselor in Bangalore wanted us to conduct a Career Guidance session for Science (BSc/MSc) students from seven colleges about various career opportunities.

The Problem:

Students in these colleges had no idea about what to study further. Moreover, they didnt have any work experience. They also wanted to know if there were any scholarship opportunities available to them so they could study without burdening their parents.

Career Guidance Workshop:

We conducted a half day session for Science students where we introduced them to several careers in Science other than Engineering (Conservation, BioInformatics, Data Science, Food Science, Genetics, Science Communication etc).

Next we walked them through all the different types of scholarships available to the students – Need Based (financial), Merit Based, Exam Based and Area based (Agriculture, Food, Conservation, Law, Bionformatics etc) as well as full or partial grants available to fund their education within and outside India and the eligibility criteria. We showed them different Scholarships available here.

The next step was to explain to the students various strategies to get scholarships. There is a huge misconception that only top rankers get scholarships. Universities offers scholarships to those students who show potential not just in exams but in terms of future vision to achieve something.

The final part of the session was focused on strategies to get fellowships and internships to gain work experience and make each student employable. These fellowships typically offer a stipend to cover expenses while working while offering valuable work experience.

Results:

This gave a lot of confidence to students that they were on the correct path.

The colleges were also happy that they could convince their students that pure sciences are a great career path for those who want to try careers other than engineering or medical.

Case Study 2 – Economics Careers

A college in Bangalore approached us with a very interesting problem. They wanted to raise awareness about careers in Economics so their student intake from their bachelors to masters in Economics program would increase.

The Problem:

The students pursuing bachelors degree in the Economics department were not enrolling for a masters degree. Most of the students in their masters degree Economics program were enrolling from outside.

Career Guidance Workshop:

We conducted a 2 hour session for bachelors students of the college. The first problem was to clear the misconception that Economics is a “step-on” career to do something else that is completely unrelated. This was because the students didnt know what to do with an Economics degree. Their only exposure to Economics was through Raghuram Rajan, Manmohan Singh and Amartya Sen.

We explained the role of Economics in the new age Digital Economy and how various online firms were hiring economists to address their business problems. We also showed current trends where the Indian government were hiring several Behavioral Economists to shape their Public Policy initiatives. This also included several careers in Design, HR, Market Research, Conservation, Fund Management and Consulting which need Economics as a firm base. We also shared with them interviews of several professionals who pursued different careers in Economics

We concluded the session by stressing on the importance of having an advanced masters degree in Economics which would lay a strong and flexible foundation to pursue a career in several diverse fields. We also listed out several online firms, NGOs, Conservation Watchdogs and Consulting firms that hire Economists to demonstrate the potential of an Economics career.

Results :

Several students understood how they could use their Economics degree based on the functional area (HR, Marketing, Consulting) they were interested in and showed interest in investing in a masters degree.

The college was satisfied and confident that their student uptake would increase with increased exposure to various careers in Economics.

Case Study 3 – Career Guidance after Skill mapping

A Career Counselor in Bangalore wanted us to conduct a Career Guidance session for school students based on their skill mapping tests.

The Problem

The school wanted the Career Counselor to provide more career options to students for each skill like Reading, Public Speaking, Sketching, Problem Solving etc. So they approached us to map each skill to various careers.

Career Guidance Workshop:

We conducted a half day session for school students to show them how each skill is applied to specific careers. For example, we demonstrated how Reading skills applies to careers in Book Publishing, Law, Political Journalism and Language Translation. We mapped several careers to each skill determined by the Counselor.

Results:

Students had a lot of questions at the end of the session. They were able to understand how to use their strengths and skills in careers of specific interest to them. One of the students who was good in Maths wanted to take up a career as a Sports Statistician because he loved statistics in cricket.

Case Study 4 – Career Mapping Workshop

We did a career mapping workshop for an international school in Mumbai

The Problem

The school had its own internal Career Guidance program where parents and students could discuss their career interests. Many students wanted to know what careers they can pursue in Physics, Geography or Mathematics. They were not keen on doing Engineering or Medical.

Career Guidance Workshop:

We conducted a day long session where we picked different school subjects – Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Geography, History, English, Biology. For each subject we explained the careers originating from that specific subject. For example we showed them careers in Medical Physics (applications of Physics in Cancer detection), Geo-Physics (applications of Physics in Earth Sciences) and Nuclear Physics (applications of Physics in Nuclear Reactors). We covered a few more subjects requested by some of the students which were not on the list. We also showed the students careers based on a combination of more than one subject. Like LIDAR technology uses the concepts of Physics and Geography to scan forests for encroachment and deforestation.

Results:

Students could see the connection between subjects and the careers based on those subjects. It made it easier for them to relate to what they learnt and why it was important for them to understand the concepts taught at school. This session also opened up many opportunities for them in terms of the subjects that they wanted to study.