“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
The decisions that young people make at school have a large impact on their lives and affect not just their further education, training or employment, but also their social lives, finances and health. A key function of secondary schools is to prepare students to transition successfully toward a future career. This involves providing curriculum opportunities to build students’ general capabilities, support students’ interests and aspirations, and support them to make informed decisions about their subject choices and pathways. Students are more engaged in education and highly motivated about their future when they have a clear understanding of themselves and how they might live and work when they leave school. High quality career education and guidance is an essential part of schooling in preparing youngsters.
A higher education trains you in your chosen field, but it also teaches you to understand complex subjects, think analytically, and communicate your ideas effectively. You also learn important skills, such as organization, self-discipline, and how to see a task from start to finish. A higher education helps you become more professional and gives you many work-related skills.
Supporting students in making well informed choices about subjects can lead them to have a more optimistic outlook on life, a sense of purpose and greater level of contribution that they make to their families and society. There are economic and social benefits when students are supported to make effective transitions from secondary school to further education, training or employment.
Career education and guidance play an important role in curriculum that supports:
- Students’ interests, strengths and aspirations.
- Students’ achievements.
- Students at risk of poor outcomes.
- Students making informed decisions about their subject choices and pathways.
About Author: Shashidhar Chintha work experience of 3 years in the corporate world. He is working with STEM Learning from last 10 months Program Implementation Associate.