Career Explorer Contest

Introduction:

What do you want to be when you grow up? My English teacher once asked me this question at the end of a class. I’m sure that you too have come across this question some time.

 Choosing a career has always been a difficult “job”, however one that everyone has to do sooner or later. You would agree that this becomes a lot easier if we know what all our parents and our friends’ parents do when they go to the office every day. 

To help you get more knowledge and make a good use of your time at home, we’ve come up with this Competition. Not only will you get to learn a lot of new stuff about what people do in different professions, you may also win a prize along the way and have loads of fun!  

Read the instructions below to get started. Hoping to hear from you soon.

Prizes:

1) 1st 3 students will get a cash prize of ₹ 1000 each.

2) 1st 10 students will get 50% on all our programs.

3) All valid entries will get a digital certificate from AIM2EXCEL

Word count:

800 – 1000 words

Instructions:

1) Find a person working  in one of the listed career paths.

2) Collect basic information about the person.

3) Conduct an interview over phone or online using the given template.

4) Write an essay on the basis of the interview.

5) Upload a PDF copy of the essay here

The essay will be judged on following 4 criteria:

1) Accuracy of content.

2) How well you have covered the “Day in the Life” template.

3) How easy it is for other students to understand it.

4) Creativity in presentation.

List of 7 career paths:

1) Fashion designer

2) Software and app developer

3) Journalist

4) Lawyer

5) Pilot

6) CA

7) Hotel Management

Information to be collected about the person:

1) Name

2) Gender

3) Age

4) City

5) Career Path

6) Company

7) Designation

8) Years of experience

Template of Day in the Life

1) How does your day start? What time you get up and what is the morning routine? What time you leave home for work?

2) How does the first half of your day look like? What all work you do? Who are the people involved in this work? What are the things/ tools/ equipment etc  you require for your work? 

3) What is your main role in the organisation?

4) What is your Core Task?  What are the other tasks you are required to do apart from this core task?

5) What time you have your tea/lunch? What do you do during this break- apart from having your food?

6) How does the second half of your day look like?

7) Are there any fun/ leisure activities also in your day? 

8) Are there any trips involved in your work?

9) What are your work timings and working hours in a week?

10) What are the skills required in your work?

11) What are the challenges involved in your work?

12) What do you do after coming back from office?

13) Do you pursue any leisure activity?

14) What time you go to sleep?

15) What do you do on the weekends?

16) Any other activity or task you are involved in?

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How a Career Counsellor Can Help you to decide the right Career Path

How a Career Counsellor Can Help you to decide the right Career Path

Guidance and counselling hold great values for the education system. The aim of this is to promote individual growth in the right direction. Career guidance and counselling involve exploring the psychological profile of the students, enhancing their areas of strength, working on the barriers, and ultimately, coming down to the best informed educational and career choice for the individual. Generally, career counselling starts with an assessment which tries to measure the overall psychological qualities and traits of the individual. This unique profile is then matched with profiles of different professionals, and the closest match/matches are generally offered to the individual. Other than this, some activity-based explorations are performed to get into the individual’s needs, desires, dreams, and aspiration, keeping the reality constraints into consideration. The task is not ended by coming down to one choice, but information on how to reach this goal is an essential part of this guidance program.

Career Counsellors

The process: 

 Career counselling is not a random act, but a systematic and objective process that helps an individual decide his/her right career path. The knowledge of his strengths and limitations is not provided subjectively or intuitively to him. Rather, a proper assessment is followed by one-to-one or group counselling sessions. This assessment can be a battery of test measuring all the relevant domains of the individual.

Tests for career selection include tests of intelligence, learning styles, aptitude, interest, personality, social and emotional intelligence, motivation etc. These tests are known as psychometric tests, as it quantifies the psychological attributes.

Once assessment generates numbers for different domains, it has to be interpreted to obtain a meaningful picture of the individual. This is the ‘analysis’ part and then a comprehensive report is generated using this data, and counselling sessions are planned.

Career counselling for students begins with the motto to create self-awareness for them. The report that is generated is then discussed with the students so that they get an overview of themselves before taking any decision. Here, they get introduced to their dreams in a more realistic perspective. Next follows the different explorative activities and the matching of the students’ profile with that of the professional’s.

The right career path takes some time to come into focus but comes only after a deep exploration is performed by both counsellor and students together.

Top career counsellors in India: 

Although, career counselling is a newly emerging field, there are career counsellors in India who are working hard to guide the students to become the best version of themselves and achieve a successful career. Some of them are Amrita Singh, Rahul Dasondi, and Sonila Mishra.

Amrita Singh is a PhD and MA in psychology and a certified Global Career Counsellor. She provides career counselling benefits to students across different backgrounds and age groups. Rahul Dasondi is a mechanical engineer by qualification, but a passionate and certified Global career counsellor. He takes counselling workshops in schools and colleges other than NGO’s. Sonila Mishra has experience in various areas like training, people management, mental health counselling and others. She is also a certified Global Career counsellor and is constantly working towards making the process better.

Online Career Counselling:

With the advancement of technology, distance is not considered as a problem anymore. People can take online career counselling sessions from anywhere and everywhere. The psychometric tests are available online and the counsellors take sessions online. To send and receive information and/or inputs, email is used, and the expert advice is obtained over a call or in a video calling session.

Career guidance and counselling are becoming widespread across different parts of the world with the help of research and newer technologies. Just like any career counselling company, AIM2EXCEL believes in a happy and successful career. The procedure mentioned in this blog above is followed thoroughly in the AIM2EXCEL’s program, along with hand-holding students with well-being issues. Deciding the right career path for an individual is a responsibility that the company takes whole-heartedly. Last but not least, have a happy and successful career ahead!

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How Career Counseling helps you to build a better future

We are often stuck with these sets of questions- ‘I don’t know what to do with my life’ ‘I am not sure which course to chose’ ‘I have no idea how to achieve my career goals’. A career counselor helps you to uncover these questions and find a route to a better career ladder, satisfaction, and stability. Career guidance and counseling lead to self-awareness about changing trends, introspection in comparison to a theoretical framework, promoting clarity among students and deepening their understanding of various career prospects.

It helps them to understand themselves and the work trends in order to make a wise decision in choosing a suitable career and education. Career counseling is the new beginning to gain exposure and growth as a profession.

List of questions that may be helpful for narrowing one’s focus when considering a career:

  • What qualifications I have- degree/diploma/professional coursework?
  • What options are you considering?
  • How do you typically go about making decisions?
  • What other factors are important to you as you are making this career decision?
  • Short-term and long-term plans?

Importance of Career Counseling

  • Determine the potential
  • Self-enhancement
  • Creating room to explore and discover various career opportunities/ ideal courses
  • Clear career roadmap
  • Exploring the world of work and workplace
  • Informed choice
  • Aids in improving the overall performance of an individual
  • Career selection and growth
  • Understanding the job market

Today, individuals feel the pressure not only to perform well academically but to maintain a work-life balance, extracurricular activities, internships and schedules in the hope to find a career path that will lead to a successful and happy future. In a career counseling session, the counselor helps an individual to explore their key strengths and weaknesses, area of interest, set of skills they possess and personality type to determine possible career options. They help individuals to deal with their everyday issues, stressful decision making and career discovery, job shadowing and major prospects. Career guidance counselors also recommend possible courses, internships, and volunteer opportunities in order to redefine and refine their career goals.

Career Counseling for students

  • Personal revelations
  1. a wide-ranging personal inventory for self-exploration
  2. habits and skills
  3. self-reflection
  • Identifying themes
  1. Striking trends in your personality
  2. Interest inventory
  • A complete picture
  1. Matching your interests and skills to a line of work
  2. Searching for the right opportunity
  3. Daily lifestyle (work environment, peers, colleagues)

It generally helps individuals to make the right choices in terms of their career path, career development, career change, and growth to maximize success and fulfillment. Career counseling provides you with the necessary tools to understand your passion, interest areas, dynamics of personality, aptitude through various psychometric tests and assessments to make you understand you’re ‘true-calling’.

Career guidance counselors help students to choose the right aim at Aim2Excel by assisting with the process of achieving their goals and to be the best version of their professional self. At Aim2Excel, individuals undergo several counseling sessions to form a bigger picture of their future prospects and in shaping their successful and happy career.

How psychometric tests and assessments are helpful in shaping your Child’s future

Do you have a clear picture of your future in your head? Or is it still a little blurry? Do you think you know each and every aspect of your personality, or what is the right pathway for you? If you are not sure about such things then a reliable psychometric test along with the proper career counseling can be really helpful for a better future.

What are Psychometric tests for?

Measuring someone’s physical traits is easy if we want to measure a person’s height, weight, heart rate we have notable parameters and tools for that. But what about the mental ability and skills? How do we assess these? Psychometric tests are built to assess such traits. Psychometric tests help in assessing one’s overall personality. Therefore it helps in building a career and a better future accordingly. The main purpose of this test is to measure the mental abilities, skills, and talents of the child through which he can opt for the desired career. There are various questions built to know more about the child, intended to pertain to various traits of a child.

The psychometric tests measures various aspects including:

  • Cognitive abilities,
  • Social skills,
  • Emotional intelligence,
  • Interests, and
  • Personality assessment.
  • Language ability
  • Critical reasoning
  • Numerical ability
  • Non-verbal and verbal reasoning

Questions included in these tests are as follow:

  • Aptitude questions,
  • Ability based questions,
  • Memory tests (to measure the ability to retain and recall the information),
  • Reasoning questions,
  • Situational tests.

These tests are standardized, being quite accurate, measures the personality traits with no biases and are highly reliable.

How are psychometric tests helpful for a school student?

A child should have knowledge about his own abilities, skills, talents and overall personality. To know more about their temperaments and to be self-aware. This knowledge helps in choosing the right pathways for him later in his life and also in dealing with the present situations and grabbing the best opportunities. Also if they possess the skills required for a particular career.

For example: To be a pilot, one must be good at maths, should have critical thinking, should be vigilant and focused, should have spatial intelligence.

How does career guidance be helpful for students?

Career counseling helps to explore a children’s personality and accordingly getting career guidance on the basis of this assessment can help in shaping his future. They provide psychometric tests and assess the child accordingly.

Psychometric tests alone cannot really help much, children at the back of their mind always have an aspiration of what he wants to become and what are his interests. These tests help in getting a clear picture of it, of their personality but sometimes they do not know the right paths to follow to reach the destination they are seeking for. So their career guidance plays it part.

Career counselors are not doctors having the best medicine for everything neither are they magicians, but they have the best possible solutions for your future worries and can help with the right pathway, along with providing all the information needed to go for a suitable career. Along with that, they help in dealing with the stress or anxiety a student faces at this age due to studies and all other pressures.

Aim2excel test is a standardized test that assesses the personality on six parameters including emotional intelligence, social intelligence, personality, motivation, interests, cognitive intelligence. This can help him further in choosing a stream, courses, and careers.

Want to build your career in hotel management? Here’s all you need to know

Do you think you have a smile that can charm others? Do you think you can lead and manage a team? Do you think you have a creative mind to attract others towards your idea?

Hotel management is basically the management of a hotel, lodge or a motel by a hotel manager/hotelier. He must take care of the whole operation including management of the staff, business management, services provided to the customer, sanitation of the rooms, washrooms, hygiene, kitchen, food and all other facilities and their management and regulation. He must keep a check on everything, especially guest satisfaction, sales management, financial accounting, revenues, and everything.

It requires certain skills

  • Critical thinking skills: one must come up with creative and practical ideas at hand to satisfy a customer also to present his hotel in the best possible way.
  • Social skills: whenever you enter a hotel you will the staff welcoming you with warmth and a bright smile. The manager must deal with the guests and their issues with patience and must provide the best solution.
  • Organizational skills: He must be good at multitasking, as his plate is always full of multiple tasks as managing, finance, sales, and all other tasks that have to be organized well.
  • Business skills: he must have that acumen of business how to make deals, how to be best out of the rest, and how to stay in business by attracting the customers.
  • Creative skills: he must have creative ideas to attract the guests, to think differently.

There are many more traits one must possess in order to be great at hotel management such as:

  • Cooperative,
  • explorative,
  • spontaneous,
  • motivated
  • ability to reason socially

These skills can be assessed through a psychometric test only that also gives an overall idea about the personality and also the interests and talents one possesses. And if it matches the skills required for the desired career.

What career pathway to follow to become a hotel manager?

After 10th you must select a stream that will lead you towards your desired career and the subjects you can study for a long period of time.

For hotel management, you can choose any stream Science, Commerce or Arts/Humanities. Whichever you like. As you will have to do a course in hotel management irrespective of your stream.

Here is the list of the courses you can do to become a hotel manager and their respective college.

 Courses

Duration

Colleges

Location

B.Sc. in Catering Science and Hotel Management

3 years

International Institute of Hotel Management

Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Bangalore, Jaipur, Ahemdabad

B.Sc. in Hospitality & Hotel Administration

3 years

Punjab University

Chandigarh

Bachelors of Arts (Hons.) in Hospitality and Tourism

3 years

Institute of Hotel Management and catering (IHMS)

Udaipur

B.Sc in hospitality studies and catering services

3 years

Rizvi college of hotel management

Mumbai

B.Sc in Hospitality and Hotel administration

3 years

Institute of hotel management catering technology and applied nutrition (IHMH)

Hyderabad

How can career counseling help students?

Career guidance for students is necessary they get clarity of their skills and interests through the tests provided to them by the career counselor and the guidance to set him in the right direction can be really for him. To know if he really possesses the managerial skills or if his interests are major in this field. What should he do after 10th what courses are suitable for him, and the emotional stress he faces throughout his journey can be addressed well by a career counselor.