Since the beginning of 2020, we’ve been in the midst of a massive crisis. Coronavirus has wrought havoc around the world, disrupting students’ education too.
The transition from offline studies to online mode is a new normal for all the students.
A new style of learning and administering exams is something none of us could have envisioned. But even in these recent times, not only teachers but career counsellors have adapted the new modes of supporting and guiding students.
But today let me give you a little sneak-peak of how virtual career counsellors work before any session.
1. Choosing the Correct Platform as a Virtual Career Counsellor
Digitization is creating a whole new era of clarity, effectiveness, and responsibility; its prevalence in the field of education has resulted in dramatic innovations with the potential to fundamentally alter the traditional landscape.
Krupa Gathani, career coach at Mindler shares her ways of selecting the best platform while preparing for the virtual session– “As a result of these recent changes, Career Counsellors are now trained in the ethical use of digital technologies, as well as how to use them safely and responsibly. I always make certain that the platform I’m using to connect with the students is accessible to them and has a good internet speed, as well as quality sound and video access.”
She continues, “Technology, like humans, can be lazy, and they may work slowly due to a faulty internet connection or a laptop crash, but I would always keep another device handy incase my computer crashes in the middle of a session, also the confidentiality part that I will not record the session without the clients permission – or upload any screenshots anywhere without consent.”
2. Read and Prepare
Along with Parents and teachers, career counsellors are the major stakeholders in a student’s life. They always make sure to encourage and motivate students to build their pathway to the end goal.
Somya Tandon, another Mindler Career Coach, says that she analyses the report attentively after receiving the results of the Mindler Psychometric Assessment and knows the student’s profile. She has been practicing reading a variety of different careers, subject combinations, and education boards on a regular basis.
“I reach out to students before each session to discover their agenda for the session,” she says. Once the psychometric results are available, I focus on the student profile, particularly the profiling activities area, which helps me to grasp the student’s likes and dislikes and dive into research and report reading.”
3. Creating a Roadmap
After completing the one-on-one virtual session with students and parents, it’s time to discuss their aspirations and provide them with a personalized roadmap that leads them in the right direction to what they have been seeking. Not just this there are plenty of myths vs facts in India which the students need to be aware of to make an informed decision.
In the words of Nihita Chowdary, Career Counsellor at Mindler, on how she prepares a personalized roadmap for a student,
“It’s not easy to create a customized roadmap, therefore as a virtual career counsellor, I make sure to identify where students are most interested and whether they have the necessary skills to pursue that career route.”
She goes on to say, “One of the most important steps in assisting students in identifying careers and aiding them in selecting universities to which they desire. The next stage is to provide advice on entrance examinations and develop strategies for passing the exams, which is always a fun element to assist them with.”
It never harms to have a backup plan for a student, but just having one career plan may put the student in a dicey situation. In the midst of uneasiness, students must go above and beyond to find the best degree course and university for them.
4. Profile Building
Many Universities not just Abroad but in India as well looks for students’ profiles.
Even if you get good grades, the stakes aren’t extremely high due to the significant increase in competition. There isn’t any assurance. Because of the increased competitiveness, institutions no longer use grades only as a criterion for admission. As a result, they assess students’ abilities in areas other than academics.
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Let’s hear from Abhishek Gulati, Mindler’s Overseas Career Coach, about how he assists students in developing their profiles.
“Many universities require a statement of purpose and portfolio based on the course chosen,” he explains. “This necessitates profile creation, as it combines all of the necessary elements for a university profile.”
He further adds that “If a college places a greater emphasis on developing a portfolio, I encourage students to work toward that goal. Interview preparation, SOP (statement of purpose), and LOR (letter of recommendation) review are also included in assisting students with building their profiles.”
We now have a better understanding of how our virtual career counsellors work. Let me list few advantages you can get from an online career counselling session with them.
- You have access to highly reliable counselors from all around India throughout an online counseling session. Offline settings have been omitted, and you can now access the best counselors available regardless of your current location.
- Time is a precious commodity. You save time and money because you don’t have to travel to a certain area and can use the resources whenever you want.
- Take a career assessment at any time through online setup. It’s important to have a fact-based assessment and testing process in place when it comes to determining the best professional path for you based on your personality.
- After the counseling session, there is dedicated support. If you have any doubts, you can quickly connect with your virtual career counsellor in a matter of seconds.
If you wish to be on the front side of the virtual counselling session, benefiting the most from the tedious research and efforts of the virtual career counsellor, then do check the perks of taking career counselling online.