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Career counselling helps in discovering, understanding inner ability and talent
Today's lifestyle has become exceptionally convenient; at least that's what our parents say. There are a lot of things taken for granted today that our parents, or grandparents for that matter, didn't have. But then isn't this what a generation gap is supposed to be.

The only distinctive factor for the 1990s and 2000s generation is the rapid development of technology and sciences in this relative short span. But isn't that a good thing, we do have access to all of these gadgets and gizmos that allow us to do a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g, period.

But all of this does leave an unstated concern, sky-rocketing expectations. Ever since the advent of prodigious institutions like the IITs and the AIIMS, parents have put all of their adult vigor and energy into providing the greenest pasture to their children in the pursuit of the same institutes.

Parents have almost blindly followed the appeal of these institutions. No denying the caliber and status these 'colleges' have attained. But pursuing something like sheep can never be a good thing, and in this case, it's disastrous.

No sooner than a child is born, the IITian tag falls right into place.

Consider this; a certain kid attends play school and pre-primary classes, when as a kid, no one cared about toppers and failures. As he reaches 6 years of age, elementary school starts. This particular prodigy breezes through the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th standards.

Then along comes high school wherein he feels everything rushed and tedious, as he joins tuitions and devotes his hitherto free and relaxing evenings to them, while paying a hefty sum altogether. Then as he graduate from 12th class he takes/has-to-take a seat in the glorious IIT/AIIMS bandwagon.

So what's the catch? Didn't this short story just describe 80% of the Indian middle class youth...?

This small fact comes a long way in elaborating the illusion of choice. Did our protagonist ever, I repeat EVER take a choice, a decision, which would affect his life for more than a fortnight?

And that is the harsh truth of the Indian Dream. It's not that engineering and medical are two streams in which no one has interest and passion in. What's truly bizarre is the sheer imbalance and uneven distribution of Indians in streams of Arts, Sports and Research, two things which have shaped our country for years. So much for our legendary DIVERSITY.

Even in some cases when a teenager has abundant passion to pursuit a unique field and take a risk, his dream has to be crushed, brutally. Moreover, it is claimed, as sort of a console, that it's for your own 'good', Laughable to say the least....

The one thing that might play the part of the all-important intervening force between this mass cajoling, is career coaching.

A child undoubtedly needs some confidence in them to stand side by side his/her passions and choices, when some parents tend to suppress the road taken by their kid.

Career counseling can help the child to discover and understand his/her inner ability and talent. At career counseling, career coaches will determine and help a student to find out what are his/her weaknesses and powers. Knowing ones potential is definitely required in this competitive world and career counseling does just that, clearing the doubt clouds.

Career counseling boosts the morale of a student, being bottled-up by the multiple expectations and peer pressure, gift-wrapped and mailed, by classmates and/or relatives can result in low self-esteem and even lower self-believe. One may feel inferior in walking towards the road lesser known and walked by, choosing an odd career needs high self-confidence and risk.

A career counselor can even help to persuade parents and make them understand their child's potential, and also that the interest shown towards a certain career by the child is right and that s/he can manage. Visiting a career counselor may benefit the child plentifully in making the right decision.

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