A career is not a momentary decision made by a student. It is something that will come to define their lives forevermore. Choosing the right career can be a lifelong reward while choosing the wrong might become a lifelong punishment. It has taken a long time for people to understand the significance of making the right career choice. From songs and movies to efforts made by career counselling organizations, the importance of career guidance for students has finally taken seed. We are also quite proud of the role Univariety played in spreading this awareness as pioneers in India.\u00a0 While most schools and parents now understand the value of career guidance, there is a lot of confusion on what the process actually involves. Many do confuse career counselling and career guidance to be one and the same. When in fact, career counselling is only a part of the over-arching career guidance process. An important part, but only one of five factors involved the career guidance process.\u00a0 What Do We Mean By The Career Guidance Process? For most people, career guidance is all about finding the right career for a student. However, it is not a one-step process. Nobody ever had one one-on-one session with a career counsellor and came out of the room having complete clarity and ready to move forward with their choice of career.\u00a0 Career guidance is not prescribing the right career for a student but rather making them self-aware so that they can decide for themselves. It's about assessing their strengths and weaknesses, creating ways to make up for those weaknesses and honing the strengths. It\u2019s about giving them the right information so that they can explore their options. It is also about having an open conversation, addressing their doubts without any bias. It is also about guiding them every step of the way towards their career goal, once they make their decisions.\u00a0 To help simplify this complex and subjective process for students and parents, we have come up with a Career Guidance System. Univariety\u2019s Career Guidance System is a sophisticated program backed by scientific research and logic that brings parents and students into one fold in the process of career planning.\u00a0 For us, there are 5 major facets to effective career guidance \u2013 Psychometric Tests, Personalized Counselling, Technology-based Research tools, Alumni Guidance, and University Engagement.\u00a0 So, let\u2019s understand these five factors involved in an expert career guidance system in detail.\u00a0\u00a0 The 5 Pillars of an Effective Career Guidance System Psychometric Tests \u201cEvery child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding.\u201d - Robert John Meehan Every student is unique. They have their own learning style, pace, study patterns, skills they are natural at, lessons they find difficult, and areas they find interesting. These qualities later become the determinants that will help them find their ideal career. However, most students are themselves not aware of their uniqueness; then how can they make as important a decision as a career? That's why the first step of a career guidance process involves psychometrics to identify the Aptitude, Interest and Personality of a student. Psychometric tests are scientific methods of measuring the Cognitive ability & Personality among other characteristics of an individual. They are tools of self-exploration for students to find out who they are. It is also the point of reference for every other step of the career guidance and counselling process.\u00a0 These 5 common psychometric tests are given to students for career guidance. \t Personalized Counselling High school is a confusing time for students. Not only are they at a precarious age, oscillating between childhood and adulthood, they are also asked to make significant decisions that will come to define their life. Often, they hesitate to say out loud their aspirations or interests in careers to prevent being judged or dismissed. So, the second step of the career guidance process involves personalized counselling with a professional career counsellor.\u00a0 Why is talking to a third-party career counsellor more effective than talking to peers, parents, or teachers? It is in fact because they are a third party and will not have any undue influence on their decision.\u00a0 An expert career counsellor has 3-fold duties concerning students.\u00a0 \t Book a Session with Us to Interact with an Expert Career Counsellor Technology-enabled Research Tools In career guidance, we often highlight the importance of giving students the right information, at the right time. While students can do simple Google searches and look for information on the internet, the abundance of information can sometimes overwhelm them. It can end up creating more confusion than clarity that is needed to make a career decision. This is why we have devised a platform with curated information courses, colleges, and careers for students to explore.\u00a0 Technology-enabled research tools help students in \u2013 \tGetting all necessary information about the careers they are interested in and shortlist the ones that best match their aptitude and personality \tComparing information about different colleges in different countries to make informed decisions for higher education \tAnalyzing the admission trends of their own alumni into different colleges over the years \tFinding the best-suited colleges and their chances of admission in those colleges through their profiles \tResearching information about scholarships that they can apply to, based on their choice of country and college \tFinding the top colleges for their choice of course and career through a simple search Alumni Guidance Students often need to understand the real-life experience of studying a course, going to a particular college, or pursuing a particular career. Who's more suited to give them a glimpse of their future than someone who has been there, done that?\u00a0 Alumni interaction can be really beneficial for students in career guidance. Only alumni can share the practical aspects of pursuing a career path that no mere research can do. Moreover, our studies show that students are more willing to listen to their alumni's advice than any other adult in their lives.\u00a0 In our Career Guidance System, students can view their alumni\u2019s profiles, watch their videos, and interact with them one-on-one to ask for their advice and gain insights.\u00a0 Book a Session with Us to Know More About Building an Alumni Network University Engagement The final step of the career guidance process for a high school student is finding the right university or college. But to reach this dream destination students have to do a lot of research, fill out essays and college applications, appear for entrance exams, and the whole nine yards. While career counsellors do help students do a lot of these tasks, there\u2019s one more source who can help students find answers to all their queries and doubts \u2013 universities themselves.\u00a0 University engagement ensures students and their parents get to interact with universities and college admission officers directly. This will help them in finding the traditional as well as new-age courses the college offers, their admission process, and well understand what colleges are looking for in their applicants' profiles.\u00a0 Check Out a Free Tool to Check Student's College Profile Strength Summing it Up! These five factors are the building blocks of a comprehensive career guidance system. They help students through a journey of self-awareness and realisation and find clarity. It helps them find their way towards an ideal career and a bright future.\u00a0 If you want to know more about these factors that determine effective career guidance, Reach Out to Us!