Career Guidance: What is my aptitude? How to find out?

Parents may have unfulfilled dreams. Do not force children to think that they can achieve what they cannot achieve. Their birth instincts and learning interests should be prioritized. It should be noted whether the child can bear the weight of the course.

Everyone has limitations when it comes to intelligence. If a child who is not good at mathematics is forced to study engineering, not only will he struggle to study, but if he gets a degree with minimum marks, he will have to curse his own work and end his life. On the contrary, if the child is allowed to study the subject of his choice, he will reach a higher level. Even if all other factors come together, the cost of some courses may be unaffordable for some families. It is better to avoid bank loans as much as possible.

While choosing career/courses, there are mainly three stages in children’s career orientation.

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1. This stage is up to 11 years of age where they think they can do anything they want. At this age, children’s desires, likes and admirations are formed in the mind as career priorities. What parents should do at this stage is to observe their children and understand what they are doing with their own interest.

2. It is the period from 11 to 17 years which is the time of finding employment. Here, the child’s interest, ability and sense of worth are the measure of career orientation.

3. At this stage of preparation for employment from age 17, the child’s personal skills and educational qualifications are important.

In the second and third stages, parents should discuss their children’s career and interests with them. Information about various fields of work should be collected from wherever possible and given to the children. Decisions based on social prejudices should be avoided. Here, parents should take into account the future prospects of the course to be chosen and the growth of related job sectors in the coming years.