Choose a ca­reer that matches your per­sonal in­ter­ests

FIRST LAP Stu­dents should treat their bach­e­lor’s de­gree as a base for fur­ther op­tions in their ca­reers, say ex­perts

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Aan­chal Bedi

As Delhi Uni­ver­sity (DU) gets ready for the hus­tle and bus­tle of ad­mis­sions, many stu­dents find them­selves grap­pling with the dilemma of how to choose the right course and col­lege. To ad­dress their queries, the Hin­dus­tan Times Cam­pus Call­ing ini­tia­tive hosted a coun­selling ses­sion. Hun­dreds of s t udents and par­ents par­tic­i­pated in the three-hour ses­sion on ca­reer guid­ance held at YWCA, New Delhi. Th­ese events will con­tinue over t h e n e x t t wo weeks and will be held at Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, KG Marg on June 13 and YWCA, Ashoka Road on June


The ses­sions are aimed pri­mar­ily t o help young stu­dents gain a bet­ter i nsight into the ca­reer op­tions avail­able and most suited to them. A panel of ex­perts was avail­able at coun­selling ses­sions to clear all con­fu­sion and mis­un­der­stand­ings re­lated to ca­reer plan­ning. They not only guided stu­dents to ef­fec­tively plan their ca­reers but gave them in­for­ma­tion about the var­i­ous op­tions avail­able to them, based on their skills, ap­ti­tude and in­ter­ests.

Em­pha­sis­ing on the im­por­tance and benefits of di­ver­sity, Preeti Dhawan, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor, Lady Shri Ram Col­lege said, “Delhi Uni­ver­sity prides it­self in the va­ri­ety of the stu­dent pop­u­la­tion from all over the coun­try. This amal­ga­ma­tion helps stu­dents un­der­stand not only them­selves but peo­ple around them. There are some im­por­tant mantras that can help a per­son to be bet­ter equipped to han­dle a sit­u­a­tion, per­form and move ahead at a steady pace. The first mantra is reg­u­lar­ity. Un­like the an­nual sys­tem, DU has a se­mes­ter sys­tem in place where ex­ams are held twice a year. It is a 14-week pe­riod… three as­sign­ments, two projects, a se­ries of lec­tures… come Novem­ber and your ex­ams are just around the cor­ner. Be­ing regular will help stu­dents score well in in­ter­nal as­sess­ments. The sec­ond mantra is time man­age­ment. No mat­ter what course or col­lege a stu­dent chooses, there are in­nu­mer­able co-cur­ric­u­lar and ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties to par­tic­i­pate in. This helps in ex­plor­ing one’s pas­sion. The third im­por­tant mantra is in­ter-per­sonal re­la­tion­ships. Try and form new bonds, get out of your com­fort zone.”

Ad­vis­ing med­i­cal as­pi­rants Sushma Singh, as­so­ciate direc­tor, Ca­reer Smart said, “Med­i­cal ex­ams are highly com­pet­i­tive. But it is not the be-all and end -all of ca­reer. Stu­dents can go for other op­tions like paramed­i­cal sciences and nu­tri­tion.”

Sev­eral ques­tions were asked about cut-offs, cal­cu­lat­ing the per­cent­ages, ap­ply­ing through ECA quota and fill­ing the on­line ap­pli­ca­tion form. Many stu­dents en­quired about choos­ing a col­lege over ca­reer and if a pri­vate in­sti­tute could be kept as a backup op­tion.

An­swer­ing them, Yashodhra Arora, coun­sel­lor, Ca­reer Smart, said, “The best way to make a choice is to know what you want to do in life. Al­ways treat your bach­e­lor’s de­gree as a base for fur­ther op­tions in your ca­reer.”

Re­it­er­at­ing the same, Dhawan said, “Course is very im­por­tant but col­lege pro­vides a cul­ture of ac­tiv­i­ties, as­so­ci­a­tions, en­gage­ments which can be­come life chang­ing and learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. If a stu­dent is not sure about his/her goal in life, then choos­ing course over col­lege is a wise de­ci­sion. But stu­dents who have vast ca­reer goals should al­ways give pref­er­ence to a col­lege over course. Visit the cam­pus. Talk to stu­dents and alumni. Find out as­so­ci­a­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties that a uni­ver­sity has had over the pe­riod, the dig­ni­taries that they have called, the talks that they have held, the kind of work­shops that they have en­gaged with.”

While Sri­pati Ar­jun, who scored 94% in Class 12, was not sure if he had many op­tions be­sides eco­nomics (hons) and BCom (hons), Sim­ran was doubt­ful about choos­ing a course that the mar­ket de­manded or a course of her in­ter­est. An­swer­ing their queries, Sasid­har Sista, manager, stu­dent out­reach pro­gramme, Ashoka Uni­ver­sity said, “If ev­ery­one chooses a course which is in de­mand, then how will a stu­dent show that he/she is unique and bet­ter than oth­ers while putting an ap­pli­ca­tion for a job? Those who go by the herd men­tal­ity will be at dis­ad­van­tage of not choos­ing a course of their in­ter­ests. Find out your pas­sion be­cause that will give you unique­ness and an edge over oth­ers. There are a lot of op­tions avail­able to­day, you just need to ex­plore.”

The un­cer­tainty of ‘what if my child doesn’t get an ad­mis­sion in DU?’ was a mat­ter of con­cern for many par­ents. “My daugh­ter scored 85 % marks in Class 12 and wants to be­come a doc­tor, but in case she fails to score well in the en­trance test, how and where can I se­cure an ad­mis­sion for her as a sec­ond op­tion,” asked KL Gupta, a par­ent. An­other par­ent wanted to know if one could check the au­then­tic­ity of a pri­vate in­sti­tute.

Pan­el­lists guided stu­dents to ef­fec­tively plan their ca­reers based on their skills, ap­ti­tude and in­ter­ests.

Dr Preeti S Dhawan, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor, Lady Shri Ram Col­lege, DU; Sushma Singh, as­so­ciate direc­tor, Ca­reer Smart; Yashodhra Arora, coun­sel­lor at Ca­reer Smart; Sasid­har Sista, manager, stu­dent out­reach pro­gramme, Ashoka Uni­ver­sity (from left to right).

Stu­dents wanted to know if they could look be­yond DU and keep a pri­vate uni­ver­sity as backup.

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